Netgear releases RAIDiator 4.1.3

by Volker Weber

NETGEAR is pleased to announce the release of RAIDiator 4.1.3, an update to the RAIDiator 4.01c1-p1 (non-Duo) and 4.01c1-p2 (Duo) firmware for the ReadyNAS network attached storage product lines. ... This release will work with ReadyNAS 600, X6, 1000S, 1100, NV, NV+, and Duo, and can be updated easily from FrontView.

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Still waiting for Netgear to officially add iSCSI support. Sigh.

Jan-Piet Mens, 2008-09-12

Updated easy enough and all works for me. Bonus is slower fan speeds (well a higher temp limit before they spin faster).

chris lindley, 2008-09-13

Mine are spinning with 2083 rpm at 30 Celsius.

Volker Weber, 2008-09-13

It's nice when you read through the whole list of changes and you don't need any of them. If it ain't broke...

Ben Rose, 2008-09-15

This may turn out to be a long wait.

Stefan Rubner, 2008-09-21

Yes Stefan, I fear so too. I know you've added iSCSI to your NV, but for the first time I can recall, I'm a bit weary of hacking up a piece of my equipment. :-(

Jan-Piet Mens, 2008-09-22

I could build you a customized installer for upload through the management interface if you'd feel better then. If it makes you feel even more better: I'm using it in a "production" environment coupled to a virtual Solaris 10 machine without any *major* problems for months so far. Disconnecting is a problem as far as Solaris is concerned, slows down reboots a bit but hey, when are you going to reboot Solaris anyway? For me. iSCSI on the ReadyNAS NV is rock stable so far. ;)
And, quite frankly, adding iSCSI is as far from hacking the ReadyNAS as it can get. It's just installing another kernel module and doing some minor things on the command line. You should be quite capable of doing both ;)

Stefan Rubner, 2008-09-22

Thanks Stefan. If your iSCSI package still works on 4.1.3 I'll give it a try.

BTW, after installation, can I continue to update RAIDiator as usual, or will that be broken?

Jan-Piet Mens, 2008-09-23

Stefan, just to let you know, that after 26 minutes (21 of which to dd a 40 GB file) I own the parts and they still hum. :-) Thanks a lot -- works as advertised. (Forget my question above: after reading and seeing, the question is answered.)

Jan-Piet Mens, 2008-09-23

The only thing that you'll have to do after an RAIDiator upgrade is to manually add the start and stop scripts again for they tend to get overwritten by the update. Other than that there should be no problems running the modules on newer RAIDiator releases. And even if there were, you could bet on me building a new iSCSI package then.

Stefan Rubner, 2008-09-23

Ah, one final note: I've got the feeling - but haven't confirmed it with benchmarks - that the iSCSI modules are one of the rare cases where adding memory to your ReadyNAS really does help to improve performance, especially when you're running more than one target.

Stefan Rubner, 2008-09-23

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