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Lesson Review

1.What areas of technical knowledge do you need in order to perform Xsan integration?
2.Why is a centralized Xsan directory critical?
3.Why should metadata networks be as isolated as possible?
4.What is the first thing to consider when determining the type and amount of storage hardware to get?
5.Give three options for where Final Cut Pro render files can be created on an Xsan system.
6.Once Xsan is up and running, should you use the original 501 user on the client nodes?

Answers

1.You need extensive knowledge of Fibre Channel networking, Ethernet networking, OS X Server, and Xsan software itself.
2.So that all Xsan users have unique user ID numbers, file and folder permissions can be set easily, and the SAN can be easily expanded.
3.To ensure low latency with file access arbitration.
4.Bandwidth, specifically bandwidth need and availability.
5.a) Directly on the main SAN volume, within folders that have affinities to specific storage pools. b) On a separate SAN volume dedicated to render files. c) On small, fast, direct-attached storage for each client node.
6.No. You should create an install admin user with admin privileges, with a UID other than 501, for users who need to authenticate to install software on their machines. The original 501 user should be used for administrator access to each client machine.


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