Archive for May, 2014

The new face of the EMC Isilon Community

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

The official EMC® Isilon® online community has been updated! If you haven’t seen it yet, visit the new EMC Isilon Community on the EMC Community Network (ECN) now.

The ECN has always been a good resource for those interested in EMC to connect and start conversations. Through an effort to bring together everything Isilon-related in one place, the EMC Isilon Community now provides:

  • A free version of the Isilon OneFS 7.1.0.1 Simulator
  • Key support, training, and marketing content all consistently tagged for easy searching
  • Access to Isilon experts via forum discussions

Easily search for content

We’ve pooled together our greatest technical content—including product documentation, blogs, white papers, marketing materials, training, and videos—and placed it into one space to make it easier to search. We want to help Isilon customers and employees quickly find content and discussions that they need.

The Content tab on the EMC Isilon Community enables you to filter results by content type and tags.

The Content tab on the EMC Isilon Community enables you to filter results by content type and tags.

 

All the content available on the EMC Isilon Community is also searchable by popular search engines. You can also start your search by visiting the EMC Isilon Community home page, where information is organized by task:

  • Learn: Access materials to help you get started with Isilon OneFS, such as the OneFS Simulator, technical videos, and “Ask the Expert” discussion threads
  • Configure: Download how-to guides and information about the latest software and firmware releases
  • Manage: Find content and discussions related to best practices for monitoring and managing OneFS
  • Support: Connect with EMC Isilon Technical Support resources and browse popular content about troubleshooting and support-related questions

Click the Content tab to access advanced search filters and browse categories of content. When you create an ECN account and log in, you can follow, share, and participate in the EMC Isilon Community. Log in or register as a new user.

Start a discussion

Click the "Start a Discussion" link to begin a conversation with Isilon community members.

Click the “Start a Discussion” link to begin a conversation with Isilon community members.

If you have a question for the Isilon community or want to share an interesting tip with fellow OneFS users, start a discussion in our community space. Click the “Start a discussion link. You will need an ECN account to create a new discussion topic. You can also include tags and categories to help others find your discussion through their searches.

Isilon employees often join the conversation and can provide answers to your questions. We’re here to listen to your feedback and help.

Look for regular updates

We’ll continue to curate new content and keep this community updated with the latest information, training, and topics that matter to you. Add a bookmark to the EMC Isilon Community site and check back regularly to stay on top of the latest Isilon knowledge.

We’ll also add links to the EMC Store, where you can explore and buy Isilon products.

Give us your feedback

We’ll continue to grow and update the EMC Isilon Community over time. Your suggestions, ideas, and comments are valuable to us. Let us know what you think by sending us your feedback by email to isicontent@emc.com, or by starting a discussion on the EMC Isilon Community.

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Creating SMB shares with expansion variables in EMC Isilon OneFS

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

To make it easy for users in your organization to connect to a home directory through a Windows client, you can create an SMB share in EMC® Isilon® OneFS®. The share specifies configurable permissions, performance, and security settings for each individual user. Managing SMB shares in OneFS 6.5 through 7.1 can be done manually for each user, or dynamically for a large number of users. To create an SMB share or home directory, you can take advantage of these approaches:

  • Create unique SMB shares for user home directories
    • Dynamically create a unique share for each user home directory
    • Manually create a unique share for each user home directory
  • Create a common SMB share for user home directories
    • Dynamically create user home directories in a common share
    • Manually create user home directories in a common share

Each one of these approaches is highlighted in the new white paper, “Managing SMB shares and user home directories in OneFS 6.5 and later.”

How to dynamically create an SMB share using expansion variables

One of the approaches, as described in “Managing SMB shares and user home directories in OneFS 6.5 and later,” is to dynamically create SMB shares and home directories for new users. Instead of creating per-user SMB shares, you can create a single share that includes expansion variables, such as %U for the user name. For example, when a new user logs in through Active Directory, OneFS automatically creates a unique SMB share and directory for that user.

To dynamically create unique SMB shares using name expansion variables, follow these steps:

In OneFS 7.0 and OneFS 7.1

To take full advantage of expansion variables in SMB shares, you should be running OneFS 7.0.2.9 and later, or OneFS 7.1.0.2 and later.

  1. Log in to the OneFS web administration interface.
  2. Click Protocols > Windows Sharing (SMB) > SMB Shares > Add a Share.
  3. Type a share name (for example, Home) and optional description (for example, User Home Directories).
  4. In the Directory to Be Shared box, type /ifs/home/%U. If you store home directories in another location, specify that location instead.
  5. Click Apply Windows Default ACLs.
  6. Select the Allow Variable Expansion check box.
  7. Select the Auto-Create Directories check box.
  8. Click Create.

Dynamically create SMB share and home directories using expansion variables.

In OneFS 6.5

  1. Log in to the OneFS web administration interface.
  2. Click File Sharing > SMB > Add Share.
  3. Type a share name (for example, Home) and description (for example, User Home Directories).
  4. In the Directory to share box, type /ifs/home/%U. If you store home directories in another location, specify that location instead.
  5. Click Apply Windows default ACLs.
  6. Select the Allow Username Expansion check box.
  7. Selectthe Automatically Create User Directory check box.
  8. Click Submit.

More information about SMB and home directories in OneFS

For more information about expansion variables, see the “Create an SMB share” and “Home directory creation in a mixed environment” sections in the OneFS web administration guides. The administration guide also provides configuration information for accessing home directories through FTP or SSH.

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Survey: Tell us your thoughts about EMC Isilon product information

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

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Help us improve the availability and usefulness of technical information about EMC Isilon products. Tell us how you find and use Isilon information.

Complete our 10-minute survey by May 22 and enter our prize drawing to win either an Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV!

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How to contact us

You can send us feedback about our content anytime by sending an email to isicontent@emc.com or isi.knowledge@emc.com.

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Top 20 EMC Isilon support documents in April 2014

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

One of the goals of this blog is to share the most useful EMC® Isilon® support-related content that we have to offer. In this post, we’re highlighting 20 of the most viewed knowledgebase (KB) articles and product documents from the month of April.

We hope these documents will help you to quickly find an answer to a common question or resolve an issue.

Top 10 KB articles

To access these KB articles, log in to the EMC Online Support site. Articles in bold are new to the top 10 list this month.

  1. OpenSSL Heartbeat Vulnerability (Heartbleed) in EMC products (185965)
  2. How to upgrade firmware on Intel (QLogic) 12300 and 12800 InfiniBand switches (170524)
  3. OneFS 7.1 SMB and Authentication Rollup Patch (174372)
  4. OneFS 7.0.2 SMB Rollup Patch (172623)
  5. Impact of OpenSSL “heartbleed” vulnerability in InsightIQ virtual machines (186055)
  6. Impact of CVE-2014-0160 OpenSSL “heartbleed” vulnerability on Isilon clusters (185961)
  7. Best practices for NFS client settings (90041)
  8. Patches available for EMC Isilon OneFS (88358)
  9. Troubleshooting performance issues (88844)
  10. How to create SPN accounts to allow Kerberos authentication using SmartConnect DNS entries (16528)

 

Top 10 product documents

To access these PDF documents, log in to the EMC Online Support site. Documents in bold are new to the top 10 list this month.

  1. OneFS 7.1 CLI Administration Guide
  2. Current Isilon Software Releases
  3. Isilon Supportability and Compatibility Guide
  4. OneFS 7.1 Web Administration Guide
  5. OneFS 7.1.0 MR Release Notes
  6. OneFS 7.0.1 Administration Guide
  7. OneFS 7.0.2 Administration Guide
  8. Current Patches for Isilon OneFS 7.0
  9. OneFS 7.0.2 Command Reference
  10. Current Patches for Isilon OneFS 7.1

 

If you have questions or feedback about this blog, send an email to isi.knowledge@emc.com. To provide documentation feedback or request new content, send an email to isicontent@emc.com.

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Two EMC World 2014 sessions about EMC Isilon cluster performance

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

EMC World 2014 is here! This event features many valuable EMC® Isilon® sessions that can help you learn more about your cluster. For example, you can learn about advanced troubleshooting techniques, get a hands-on demonstration of Isilon OneFS 7.1, or learn how to deploy Hadoop on an Isilon cluster in a lab setting.

You can also learn how to maximize the performance of your Isilon cluster by attending these sessions:

“Highest Performance Scale-Out NAS”

Are you new to Isilon and want to better understand which Isilon nodes are best suited for a particular storage workload? Kip Cranford, Technical Marketing Manager, will provide a performance overview of the Isilon scale-out NAS product family in his session, “Highest Performance Scale-Out NAS.” He’ll cover the different performance and capacity characteristics of Isilon S200, X200, and X400 nodes and describe how these characteristics are best suited for specific storage workloads.

If you’re unable to attend EMC World and would like to learn more about Isilon node types, watch the video, “EMC Isilon Site Preparation and Planning: Node Selection” for more information.

“Maximizing Performance from Your Isilon Clusters”

If you’re already familiar with OneFS and want to improve the performance of your current cluster, attend the session, “Maximizing Performance from Your Isilon Clusters.” Dan Sledz from Isilon Engineering will cover important performance concepts and techniques that apply to your Isilon environment, such as:

  • Caching
    Learn about the importance of caching in OneFS and how memory is shared on a node.
  • Flash Storage
    Learn how OneFS stores meta-data on Flash storage, and the strategies for caching.
  • Streaming
    Learn how to maximize streaming reads.
  • Tuning
    Learn tuning techniques to apply to your cluster.

For more information about EMC World

For more information about session dates, times, and locations, visit the Session Catalog on the EMC World 2014 website.