Sun Fire X4540 Disk Planner

The SunFire X4500 (commonly known as Thumper) got a facelift a few months ago and the new version is the SunFire X4540. The X4540 has to a large degree been re-architected, and has new CPUs, more memory and a new I/O subsystem. There are still 48 disks, but the controller numbering is different and we now have four bootable disk slots vs only two in the X4500. 

Now, I need to draw a picture when planning ZFS storage pools with so many disks so I just uploaded my SunFire X4540 disk planner in PDF and OpenOffice formats. There is no rocket science here, it just helps you draw a picture, but I find it useful. It is an update of a similar doc I created for the X4500

Comments:

Tim,

Have you tried recent build 101 of openSolaris on t4540 ? I am having trouble doing a zpool attach to attach second boot disk in mirror to rpool. Do you need to reconfigure disk labels to VTOC ? Any ideas welcome...

Posted by Alain Geenrits on November 25, 2008 at 06:50 AM GMT #

Hi Alain. I have no ideas myself, but I suggest you go to opensolaris.org and join the zfs-discuss forum and ask this question there. Rgds, Tim

Posted by Tim Thomas on November 26, 2008 at 06:42 AM GMT #

FYI I found the procedure on how to change labels in another blog: http://darkstar-solaris.blogspot.com/2008/09/zfs-root-mirror.html

Posted by Alain Geenrits on November 26, 2008 at 07:11 AM GMT #

Hi Tim,

First post I found when trying to figure out which of the X4540 drives were bootable since it changed from the X4500.

Thanks! Matt

Posted by Matt Newcombe on December 11, 2008 at 12:29 PM GMT #

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