Hi everyone, I just signed up after looking at a few of Wendell’s videos.
So, I was looking at some of those cheap AliExpress CPUs, which caused me to start looking at auctions on eBay, and I may or may not have ended up buying three dual Xeon machines.
In the event that I did, they would be Intel SR2600UR series servers with dual E5649s (LGA1366), 16GB of RAM and a SR0MBSASMP2 RAID controller with two 450GB drives preinstalled, but I can find almost nothing about this controller on the entire Internet.
From what I can gather it seems that it has a 2TB limitation, so I can’t use either SAS or SATA drives larger than that, but the motherboard itself has 6 SATA ports that shouldn’t have this limitation.
Is there any particular reason I couldn’t/shouldn’t bypass the raid controller and just use those ports with modern high capacity SATA drives?
The NAS build Wendell did for GN with Unraid+ZFS seemed like a good starting point to me.
I don’t need the hot swap capabilities of the raid controller since this is just for home use.
I’m new to the whole space, so if anyone has any “enterprise gear for dummies” resources for me to read I’d be grateful.