Hi all –
I’m looking to either building a new FreeNAS box, like I did before with hand picked components, or purchase the cheapest solution from Dell that would do the same.
These were my instructions to the Dell rep, to advise me on their ‘cheapest’ offering
Basic requirements: - Fit into the DINTEK rack I previously purchased. - Rail equipment to install into rack. - Server without HDDs (I will install these). - This will run FreeNAS (FreeBSD) Spec: - Intel® Xeon® processor (anything around 2-4Ghz is fine); single socket is fine as this is purely a storage node. - RAM expandable to 32-64GB is fine. - Storage: - 24x 3.5" SATA HDDs (hot-pluggable) - Support for SAS drives, nice to have, not required. - Optional storage for SDD cache (optional) - Networking: - Intel X550-T2 with minimum 2x ports RJ45 - Intel NIC with SFP for 10GbE (optional) - Latest iDRAC - HBA should be RAID controllers in 'IT' mode (operating in non-RAID mode); this is to allow them to pass SMART data back to the host. - 2x redundant, hot-pluggable PSUs. I am currently running 2x LSI9211-8i PCI cards in IT mode, refer my repo here for details: https://github.com/bsodmike/s5clouds8-lsi9211-8i-IR-to-IT-EFI-bootable-usb
As usual, if I go the hand-built route, I would look to order everything from Amazon; the trouble I’m facing is there is a lack of decent X99 WS Asus boards listed.