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Feature Request

Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:03 pm

Hi Guys'n'Gals,

I'd like to ask for SCSI support. It's a bit weird that most enterprise grade servers come ootb with SCSI RAID, however MT ROS only supports IDE (and a bit of S-ATA, I guess, but most BIOS'es offer emulation anyway). IDE is in my opinion only suitable for embedded devices using CF. It would make virtual running of MT, using ESX or ESXi a lot easier and more robust than VMWare Server on any given platform.

Advantages of SCSI RAID:
-Most servers got it
-Higher Speed (10K RPM)
-Redundancy for reliability and speed (unless you use RAID 0 or JBOD :roll: )
-Better disks (MTBF is higher)
-Hot Swappable

Disadvantages:
-A bit more expensive.. or should I say more valuable?

And I presume it's nothing more than just recompiling the kernel with SCSI, RAID and SMP support on. Most widespread SCSI RAID controllers are supported in Linux out of the box. The slightly larger footprint is a non-issue for a server. It might be a good idea to create an extra version of the generic x86 ROS: one with most hardware supported and the current one as a 'lite' version for embedded applications where a small footprint does matter. And it would be OK if you asked a bit higher price for the more extended license.

Thank you in advance,
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Re: Feature Request

Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:16 pm

your feedback is appreciated, however we do not have any plans for it currently, but maybe that will change.
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Re: Feature Request

Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:47 pm

Well that's a shame, could you please clarify the reason of this decision?

Oh, by the way, as clarification why one would like enterprise-grade server solutions:
- Hot Swappable drives and power supplies
- Higher level of support
- Scalability
- Uniforming servers, making sure they're all of the same platform and supplier, in order to keep stocking spares (HDD, PSU) from becoming a complete organisation.
- Remote maintenance using ILO etc.
- Rack mountable (I know, some PowerRouters and Routerboards also offer a 19" Rack casing)
- Reliability

Personally I do believe MikroTik has additional value if it would run on more and more hardware. No-one likes a vendor lock-in.

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Re: Feature Request

Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:58 pm

please at least add the lsilogic scsi so we can use vmware esx : )
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Re: Feature Request

Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:44 am

Agreed. I've stayed out of this fight so far, but our entire back end is now ESXi and we would really like to move our back-office MTs onto this platform too. I have a bunch of customers who are also on ESX/ESXi and would like to be able to route traffic rather than just use the Vmware virtual switch.

From our perspective it seems to make sense to support at least the SCSI controllers in ESXi, after all, there are only two of them (BusLogic or LSI Logic) and the testing load should be minimal...

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Re: Feature Request

Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:22 am

I agree with this also, we're using more and more machines with ESXi.

If mikrotik can openly support a system like Xen and encourage its use through mikrotik then why not also allow us to use mikrotik under vmware seeing as they're offering a similar product that is also free.
 
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Re: Feature Request

Wed May 20, 2009 4:04 pm

fwiw, ability to run routerOS on ESXi would be very, VERY useful.

we are working on a software appliance that would work so well if it had a routerOS acting as the interface between the VMs and the real world...

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Re: Feature Request

Sat May 23, 2009 1:07 pm

Hi There All.

Iv'e been looking for the same feature support for Mikrotik, I have downloaded the new version of VMWare ESXI 4. Support for Mikrotik is available in esxi v. 4.

Hope this help's

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Re: Feature Request

Sat May 23, 2009 4:06 pm

[quote="ITSSECURE"]Hi There All.
Support for Mikrotik is available in esxi v. 4.
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It does? How do you get the MTOS to find the vdisk?

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Re: Feature Request

Sat May 23, 2009 4:55 pm

Hi There

Add a new virtual machine, select the custom option. Name your vmware image, select datastore, Select the virtual machine version 7. Follow steps untill you get to to virtual device node. There you will be able to select ide. Now you can finnish installation.

And install mikrotik.

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Re: Feature Request

Sat May 23, 2009 5:18 pm

yeah! Brilliant! :-)

I eventually discovered that I could make a new virtual IDE disk after the VM was created. Bewwdiful :)

Thanks for the heads-up on that one.

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Re: Feature Request

Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:44 pm

Thank you so much!!!!
that workaround will save me lots of physical space in the server room.

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