Apple offers Xsan 1.2 updates

Apple has posted updates to the software for its Xsan Storage Area Network (SAN) software. The new software is available for Tiger and Panther, and includes separate packages for the file system, admin and uninstaller. They're available for download from the Apple Downloads Web site.

The 1.2 file system update for Tiger delivers improved reliability, according to Apple. Specific changes in this release include:

  • improving AFP performance when resharing Xsan volumes
  • more accurate file permissions when sharing Xsan volumes via AFP
  • accessing Xsan volumes larger than 16 terabyte in size
  • greater server stability when resharing Xsan volumes via NFS
  • handling quotas with no associated user or group name
  • maintaining access to Xsan volumes when metadata controller failovers occur
  • providing metadata controller services to 10.3.9 and 10.4 systems running Xsan 1.2
  • operating Xsan in environments with a mix of 10.3.9 and 10.4 systems
  • The admin software update also provides improved reliability, including fixes for:

  • working with multiple Xsan metadata controllers in a heterogeneous environment
  • labeling Fibre Channel LUNs and creating new Xsan volumes
  • displaying progress messages while performing lengthy operations
  • preventing manually modified configuration settings from being overwritten during a save
  • accurately reporting Fibre Channel multipathing errors
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