Motivated by other member’s examples, I figured I would start some kind of log of my actual (I’m not highly skilled) level1 lab adventures. I’m not 1337, so if BTW you run Arch, this probably isn’t the place for you. If you are a noob bumping around in the dark, still learning the many achronyms here and still can’t script, welcome.
For starters, I want to retire my z800 ESXi box. It was VMWare with lsi chip flashed to IT mode and passed through to a FreeNAS VM. It was the culmination of a lot of what I’ve learned on this forum. It was a ‘one box does all’ NAS, Plex, vm lab, web host (WordPress), log server etc. When I first came to this forum, I wouldn’t understand half of what I just wrote. Thanks to so many here that explain so much when asked!
I found a wall mount rack and Craig’s list and now begins the shinanigans, designated hardware for designated jobs. Over kill, but because flashing lights.
Started working on some custom ventilation so push out that hot upper garage air.
Will be cutting plexiglass to use with magnets to force cold air up, to the front and out the top.
Then rack this Overkill FreeNAS build
All from my phone right now, can put more details of the build and goals later.
- Specs for recording’s sake:
CPU: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2620 V2 Hex (6) Core 2.1Ghz
RAM: 32GB DDR3 (8 x 4GB - DDR3 - ECC REG)
Included is a 32GB SATADOM internally Installed with FREENAS 11 onto FLASH boot drive
8x 2TB SAS Hard Drives: HUS723020ALS640 plus 1 Spare in case a drive goes down; Total 9 Drives or 18TB Storage (in case we are out of Hitachi we will use Seagate Drives)
HBA Controller: QTY 2x LSI 9210-8i 8 port HBA controllers updated to ITMODE for JBOD to maximize all 12 Drive bays for Direct Attached Storage Speed 6GB/S
NIC: Integrated Onboard 4x 1GB Ethernet Ports
OS: FREENAS 11
Secondary Chassis/ Motherboard Specs:
Supermicro 2U 12x 3.5" Drive Bays System
Server Chassis/ Case: Supermicro CSE-826A-R1200LPB
Motherboard: Supermicro X9DRi-LN4F+
Backplane: BPN-SAS-826A I-Path Direct Attached Backplane
PCI-Expansions slots: Low Profile 4 x16 PCI-E 3.0, 1 x8 PCI-E 3.0, 1 x4 PCI-E 3.0 (in x8)
- Integrated Quad Intel 1000BASE-T Ports
- IPMI 2.0 Compliant
12x 3.5" Supermicro caddy
2x 920Watt Power Supply PWS-920P-1R Platium