I am complete newb to Drobo… I’ve worked with high end EMC storage and Now Dell Compellent storage, but I got a Drobo out of the data center when we upgraded our NAS to Dell and it seems like a nice little unit. It An Elite witih two iSCSI ports.
So far so good, I’ve built an VMware cluster using it and it works well.
Couple of questions though. Does it do email alerts if a drive fails? I have setup my iSCSI on a VLAN on a cisco 2960 switch and configured Jumbo frames. I don’t currently have any routing out of the VLAN, but I could put a VM on that vSwitch and have it catch alerts if the Drobo will do it, I would look on the Dashboard to see if it can be configured, didn’t think of it while setting up… but then my second question
Can I connect to the Dashboard through the iSCSI interface? Not sure why they made it so that iSCSI stops working when the USB is connected, but seems like there must be someway to get at the Dash when it is in production? Or not? It pretty much means I have to shut down my whole cluster and reboot the Drobo if I need to go and check anything and as I have pretty much setup a cluster and HA in vSphere, I would sooner not do that.
Thanks for any advice, appreciate it.