Any recommendations for a server motherboard (reasonable price hopefully)?
I was thinking about going for one of these xeons
I have this cpu, I bought a s2600cp4 on ebay for £75 new. Good stuff. One thing to consider when buying a server motherboard, if it is SSI EEB (which the s2600cp4 is) case costs can go high, I bought an enthroo pro full tower for £80 and it covered a lot of the cable management features and I had to remove all the drive cages and optical drive bays, phanteks design regarding the drive cages and optical drives is stupid, unless I got it wrong you have to use the should to properly secure them. Once removed I could get the board in and then I put them back afterwards, price you pay I suppose, just be wary it's a good couple hours of building rather than the usual 30mins.
Other than that bring on the deals! Looking the get another 2670 for dual cpu sexy time.
Using a pure dark rock or whatever, the £25 one, seems to do the job ok.
Hope this helps a bit.
My powerhouse of a home server. I used to run a Minecraft server, but I recently shut it down so I had a bunch of spare parts to create this beast.
It runs WS2012 and virtualizes Ubuntu Server. WS2012 runs my Plex Server and the Ubuntu part runs a small-time FTB server for me and a friend, a Terraria server for other friends, Teamspeak for all my friends, and my mail server. Within the WS2012 install there's also Couchpotato, Sonarr, and Headphones for the Plex Server. Everything is torrented on a seedbox and I just use scp to get it.
I have a GTX 670 in it, and Steam installed on a sub account so I can in-home stream (and even when I'm at school), vidya to my rMBP. It's great for things like Rocket League, Dota 2, and MGSV.
My home server:
KVM server - Centos 7
Intel® Xeon(R) CPU E5-2680 v3
64bg ecc Rdimm
GTX 960 - pcipassthrough to windwows/steam kvm
10gb Mellanox connectx2 fiber nic.
She does... KVM hosting for test builds(currently a Hadoop cluster and aWarewulf cluster both manaaged by Puppet)
File storage, steam game host for nix boxes in the house. leg server. rsync server for auto backup. pxe server. ... Cant think of what else, sure there is more.
HDDs are Expensive, especially when considering the fact some have to run 10,000 RPMs to keep the server efficient, and SSD's are more expensive than many others due to the new technology. If you ask me, blend between the two.
any thoughts on ssds for write caching? does it werk? is there a good, standard method for doing this (on linux), without fucking everything up?
thinking about buying more of those seagate 8tb archive disks, but i'm somewhat worried about writes becoming too slow.
Wait, SAS was released with 15K RPM?
Dude, I'm getting hard from this
I have heard of a fer hypervisors doing this for their vms transparently, but never a box that would just ssd-cacha all drive writes. Could use it as a swap however. May help that way.
I wouldn't play a game of Dota over WAN, since the latency is a bit too much for near split-second decision making, but I have a 150/150 mb/s connection, and a gigabit connection at my school. I think latency is about ~27ms, which isn't bad at all, especially for games like Rocket League, MGS, or Civ 5.
I have a 13 inch rMBP from early 2014. I love it, but Iris is seriously underpowered for most things; the machine chokes scrolling through large PDFs. So the ability to play games on Ultra is pretty funny.
btw: I use OpenVPN to stream.
I know a screenshot doesn't really show off how well it works (since I converted it to JPG and removed my username), but trust me, it works really well. There is a bit of compression artifacts when there's a lot of movement or things going on, but overall it's a seriously nice treat. Especially since this is nothing more than watching a movie, my laptop's battery lasts pretty long playing games.
I had a fully stocked 48u rack of old dell servers which I spent about a grand on. Gave it away since could not be fucked to move it, would never be sold and simply used to much electricity. Now I just rent some something from OVH when I need it, cheaper than the electricity you'd spend on hosting yourself.
I have a raspberry pi 2b that I use as a ssh file server, it's connected to a 2tb external hdd. not a bad beginner set-up for around £100
Does anyone here use Proxmox? I'd like to start messing around with virtualization
Time Alive: 42d 21h 11m
Board temperature: 57.362°C
It's a Pro Audio Stash 19" 22u. 32-inch deep with glass door.
well define getting your shit shoved in
the big risk is that hosting providers, ISPs, and the like are very strict with spammers, so if you slip up and someone manages to use your box to send spam, you'll either get your accounts terminated, or nobody will ever accept mail from you, so the server will be useless.
Nah, here it is. Their website is a little clumsy.
Building a small server for Plex, torrenting, and backup. Looking at Mini ITX cases and boards, since currently I've just got an old Corsair Vengance lying around but it's pretty bulky. Can't imagine I'll need a GPU. Mini ITX alright?
X5675 @ 4.2GHz
850 Evo 250GB as boot drive
6x assorted 1TB drives for storage
well for a mail server you may not be able to run it from home in the first place, most residential ISPs block outbound traffic on ports used by mail protocols. But no, I can't imagine there'd be much risk of identity theft or anything. Just be careful and read some guides on securing your shit, and the worst that'll happen is it not working.
if you have an ATX midtower case already, you might as well just put an ATX board in it, in my book, ITX won't even save you any space. You'll probably get some more SATA ports in the bargain.
Realistically should I use ECC memory for a home server?
4x 2TB internal
4x 4TB external (RAID 5 for Plex library)
2x Win2012 R2 core DC's
Runs Hyper-V / SQL / Team Foundation Server / Update Services
Plex server: (Not pictured)
Dell Precision T7500
Single Xeon 5660
4x 250GB WD Blue (RAID 10)
AMD FirePro V5900
DVD / HDDVD / BDROM combo
Win2012 R2 server / Plex
I'm about to invest a sizable chunk of money in my first "real" server (I'll be using it as a fileserver almost exclusively). I've got a handful of devices that I use as servers (pic related, plus 2 QNAP's).
So, here's the question: Pre-Built (Dell, IBM, HP etc.) White-Box (Thinkmate) or build it myself? Any recommendations in particular?
Well you have to install Transmission or some other client first, but basically yes.
I use mine (see >>52351668 ) as a seed box. It took about an hour to setup, although I don't use an HDD with it.
I am getting pretty close to a point where my homeserver is right where I want it.
Just got Plex and qbittorent-nox setup and working correctly.
I just recently figured out that NFS is not, in fact, using all my memory and cache when I transfer large amounts of data to the server. For some reason Cockpit reports that the system is using 14GB of RAM and cache, while htop reports less than 1GB out of 8GB. Seems to be a known problem.
I used Digital Ocean for a while, but their prices weren't the best. $10 for dual core, 1GB of RAM and 30GB SSD? Eh, almost not worth it.
Turns out, a local data center was having a black friday sale. 80% off colocation. Ended up getting one of my servers with two quad core xeons, 32GB of RAM and 1.5TB of SAS drives in there for about $45/mo, with 5 IPs. After I rent out the other 4 IPs to people for VMs, I'll be making a profit. Bye bye Digital Ocean. You served me well for a year.
I do. It's not too bad. Takes some time getting used to it over ESXi and vSphere, but it definitely does what it does well. And it's free. And runs Debian.
Just throw it on some decent hardware and go for it. You're not losing any money.
Bought new hdds for my file/backup server, replacing the 4x 3tb wd greens with 4x 6tb (wd) hgst nas drives.
4x 3tb in raid 5
4x tb in raid 6
Adaptec 6805, intel s5520hc, 1x e5630, 24 gb ram.
Used mainly as a fileserver.
Virtual labs like learning / pentesting / website building, renting services to friends for cheap price, teamspeak, various gameservers, vpn, media center, backups, testing grounds, seedbox, tor relay. we can go on for awhile with these things.
Will rasberry pi zero be enough for small low traffic xdcc server mainly for books (epubs,mobis,pdfs)?
There are several unsecure/free wifi connections near me so I just want to put something small in the attic and forget about it.
only thing i wanna change is the case
i have a cheap oem case right now which has 2 3.5" drive slots which leaves me no choice to find ghetto solutions
>3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300
What's the catch? I know Toshiba has the newer p300 and x300 hard drives series but these are arrousingly cheap.
Yeah I have 4 4tb reds and they weren't that cheap. I'm usually a bit skeptical about buying the cheapest parts but I've never really heard a lot of bad shit about Toshiba recently.
>jumped on the hp microserver meme
>used it as a NAS
>slowly seems to have become louder over the years since I bought it
>cant bear to turn the thing on anymore for long periods
Anyone know of a good NAS box which is reasonably quiet?
I have a gen8 and its quiet as fuck. I've been transcoding for 3 days straight and fan is at 35% which isn't loud, especially considering I have a e3 1240v2 in there with that tiny heatsink.
Upgrade your bios and everything else and clear some dust.
I'm considering buying a second one. As far as 4 bay nas solutions go £170 for a microserver is a fucking steal for what you get.
Might try fans I guess. But im sure they're spinning at the same RPM as when I used it first.
I would need to drill a hole in the wall to put it in another room which I cant do.
>god damn that hard drive cage rattle
Nigger you have server grade hardware. Login to your fucking iLO and check the 10+ temperature sensor to see where the problem lies. Check for compatibility issues with pcie cards as well.
So i tried activating windows server 12 r2 with kmspico but somehow it fucked up the admin password or something afterwards, anyways when i try to login now it just says that the password is incorrect every time even though it's correct
I then tried this workaround where you boot from the installation DVD, open up a command prompt and rename the Utilman exe thingy in system32 to reset the password, however when i tried to do this it said that there was a syntax error. Also there was no utilman.exe anymore in system32 in the first place at that point.
I also created two or three new user accounts with new passwords via cmd but then it said that although the user accounts themselves were created they could not be added to the local "User" group afterwards
What i then tried to do was to change the admin password in cmd via the dsmod command but this didn't work either because it said that the "File could not be found", whatever the hell that means
Note that when i try to create a password reset floppy disc it just claims that it's not a valid floppy storage device, which is also a blatant lie
Wat do? Do i have to reinstall the entire fucking thing now?
I'm using the N40L model BTW.
The motherboard doesn't have onboard video, and that was the only PCI video card I had laying around. I only use video on the server when it boots, so I can input the encryption key.
But, yeah, it is a very old video card.
would it be possible to hook the connector up with the fan electronics minus all the plastic and then have a fan over 4 pin molex
I also saw oem replacements on ebay for $30 and while that's not cheap it's only 100% more than premium regular fans
I use a tiny Dell desktop that was given to me for free. I keep my movies and shit on it. Pictures automatically backup to it from my phone's camera roll. I run Murmur because Skype is shit. I'm an amateur, really. What else should I do with this thing?
I'm not sure. I've seen a diagram somewhere on how to do it but I can't into soldering which is stopping me. Plus the fan isn't an issue at all but I'm sure it will be at some point.
This is one of the longer lasting hst threads we've had, guys! Way to go!
Slowpoke here. I can't believe the E3-1231 has hyperthreading.
How does the Memetium fare with multiple plex streams? I was thinking of getting the mentioned Xeon, since I might regret it later and it's already expensive as it is. It'll serve as a NAS with ZFS and RAIDz2, maybe handle the torrents, maybe as an e-mail server, plex but I'd need a graphics card for a good mpv config, owncloud, etc. I've been using Debian on the laptop for about 6 months now, but I feel I'm still too new at it and think I'll fuck up quickly. Which OS should I go with?
never buy more than 2 hard drives from the same place, you should be spacing out the purchases between different companies.
if the ram isnt ecc, dont bother with a xeon in the first place
its not about one drive being fucked up, its about getting all of the drives from the same batch, which means if one goes bad the likelihood that others will drop at the same time is much higher.
you bite the bullet and pay the difference to buy a couple from amazon, newegg, b&h, etc
and you ALWAYS run a full sector disk check from the bootable WD utility before you actually put the drive in to use
Shit actually worked and i can log in back after blanking the password in that shell script, that's a neat little program
However now that i can log back in again i just saw that the activation still failed
So yeah i think i have the wrong kmspico version here or something. Gonna keep looking, i'm sure there's something out there to fix this
>sent up a wamp server on my home server on a port 81
>have static IP
> route all connections to the IP on port 80 to the servers port 81
>buy a domain
>link it to my IP
>load up my website on wamp
>everything weeks when I acess it via IP too.
How can I keep the website being acessable from a domain and refuse any connection coming from a direct IP ? I know its basically the same thing but I hope there is a way to differentiate between these types of connections ,preferably before it even hits the server. Deal with it at the router or so
For my home lab.
Gonna put a few production vms on there though, tons of resources to go around
5x4 TB drives in raidz1 which is 14.3 TB formatted. Complete overkill at the moment, but I like to buy things once if possible.
Also found out my college does dreamspark, so am tempted to use WS2012 R2. FreeNAS is not really plug and play when it comes to playing nice with windows stuff (which is every machine here). Not sure what I did, but permissions are borked on my home shares and the only way to fix is probably with CLI utils, which I'm not a fan of.... Or I could just get gud.
It works really well if you want some VMs but you don't care about learning industry standard virtualization software.
I used proxmox to learn linux, now I am a sysadmin.
I would credit proxmox with kickstarting my tech career 4 and half years ago.
it works really well would buy it again.
Funny I have a freenas system too.
It's been really picky about operating systems. Couldn't find a flavor of ubuntu it liked, found it liked CentOS, but any kernel update broke it, and so far it likes all windows stuff so far.
Still, stable, lots of expansion, can't really complain.
>actually using server motherboard ECC
unless you guys are hard core you don't need this
There is 0 chance you need this
like seriously? Are you guys sys admins of a data center
I thought this was home servers.
I'm wondering what I'm going to do with my computer after splurging all over xPoint, Zen/Broadwell-E, and Polaris/Pascal. First thing would probably be eradicating Windows and going with Debian.
I am a sysadmin, why wouldn't I have a decent home lab?
I don't use sas drives though, I use SSDs for the important shit and whatever local storage for systems where performance isn't important.
Whelp, that's the last bit of encouragement I needed. It's already on a drive in the case, just gotta migrate the data.
Nigga, mine is downstairs in an Antec Three Hundred. It's as home server as it gets, but that's no excuse to not do it right.
Exactly, I also put a UPS on my home server, all shit I learned at work.
1) IOPS are very imporant
2) ECC is very important
3) Backups are very important
4) Shutting your machines down gracefully is very important.
This anon here:
Funny thing is I have 4 raspberry pis doing random shit like network monitoring and what not.
I can guarantee that I am doing everything that anon does plus all the shit I am doing.
Does anyone know a way that I could have my server turn on automatically when accessed, even over the internet from outside my local network? Besides that, my server seems to be running pretty well.
Are you asking about wake on lan?
The only way to do what you are asking is to have vpn access to your home network from the internet, that could be hard to set up.
I have a compute instance in AWS that I use to forward ssh connections into a raspberry pi I have set up for console access whenever I want.
When I ssh to aws from a certain port it gets forwarded to my raspberry pi, I then have access to my home network from that point.
Basically my pi is connected to aws and then I connect to the same machine and then I get connected the pi
I finally got parts to split my gaymen PC out of my server.
Now I just need to configure Windows Server and get a few more M1015s since my fleabay HP SAS expander doesn't want to work.
Intel i3 6100
Crucial 8GB DDR4 EUDIMM
IBM M1015 in 9211IT mode
~30TB in [spoiler]Seagate[/spoiler] HDDs
that's an "old" dell PowerEdge 1950 with 16gb ram and 2x250gb hdd(raid 1) mounted on a wall, running cloudstack and some VMs on that(1 for irc bot and bouncer, 1 for game servers and 1 for windows server testing)
Looking to build a low power fileserver/transmission-daemon box, preferably mini-ITX. Something that is quiet, uses less than 30w idle, and maybe host a plex server as well, though plex is of low priority.
I am very interested in FreeNAS for simplicity, and am totally open to SoC systems.
Any of you already using something like that or have some advice on board selection?
This has been running for 4 years with no beef. Get a new fan.
Thinking of building a home server / NAS for a family member. It's primary duties would be file storage, computer backups, and multimedia via Plex.
I am trying to figure out the processor. Either a Pentium G4400 or an i3-6100. Would Plex benefit from the (slightly?) more powerful i3?
I was considering an HP microserver to eventually replace my old C2D server I made out of leftovers from my gaming days upgrades. Only thing is, I don't know if you can get raid 5 on them. I read that certain models support it but only with a modded firmware.
i use a pirated copy of windows 7 for that stuff. windows is normally based on hardware, so there is a good chance even if you have a legit key as long as you give the vm's the same number of cpu cores it would be fine.
i use legit dreamspark accounts for my server os's, and one of the keys is linked to 1 cpu core so all of the machines with 1 core active on the same key
thing is that I run my home office as well at my home so I like to keep licences in order for everything, but on the other hand I dont have the monies to buy enterprise level licences.
But if windows licencing would allow up to 4 virtual machines on same machine, I'd be interested.
IIRC old pro licences allowed this?
My shitty rack.
No specs to generally write home about, 4U up top has 32 gigs of ram. Network switches are on the rack to the left of this one, currently in the process of setting up new (to me) DAS unit.
Wiring is much cleaner than it used to be.
Anyone running openmediavault? I recently was using it and it seemed to fit all my needs. Going to buy a HP Proliant DL380 G6 soon and wondering what I should have as the base operating system.
Email, as in hosting an Email Server? I'm assuming you are implying you will be using an IRC client, and frankly, The power I've devoted to my dedicated torrent box (~250 active torrents constantly) is way overkill.
If you're interested in a Xeon Processor, an L Line processor in the 5000 sequence would meet or exceed your needs. All of these processors will support ECC or better. If your hardware permits for this processor, it is a good choice.
(Source: I have an L5420 in my main storage server [PowerEdge 2950 III]; server uses about 25 bucks a month in power when idling)
>>(Source: I have an L5420 in my main storage server [PowerEdge 2950 III]; server uses about 25 bucks a month in power when idling)
hnngghh. I have a server in garage with dual X5650s, but because of it's power hungriness, I'm inclined not to even set it up but sell it forward.
To be in control of your own mail, which is no one else's business but yours anyway. And the easy blacklisting issue almost never happens. Except for some gTLDs cases like .ninja. which are commonly being abused for unsolicited email and therefore consistently blocked by some MTAs.
So choose a good DNS domain and you'll be all right. Don't be an open relay, and setup some anti spam / forgery measurements (SPF, DKIM and DMARC are a good solution).
So i want to build a NAS for storing movies/series and Plex. Does it need to have that ecc memory and special server hardware? Or can i just use normal hardware and linux/windows?
How much should I worry about power consumption in a home server?
I've taken an old HP desktop from work, and an even older IBM desktop that my dad found, and I plan on making them into small, simple homeservers.
Should I instead just buy parts and build my own?
Are networks welcome too?
I just finished redoing the cabling.
It's a ZyXEL GS1920-24 switch with two routers (Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite and X SFP) in router-on-a-stick setup with VRRP on the inside.
It is connected to 5 other sites over GRE/IPsec with OSPF routing, and I peer with the dn42 VPN (BGP and OpenVPN).
The core switch is connected to another managed switch (Cisco SG200-08, no SNMP unfortunately) near the TV, for powering a HTPC, an IPTV set-top box and a smart TV.
I don't need it, but it's nice to have, especially since the provider gives 3 routable, static IP addresses.
It also doubles as a small lab, so it gives some redundancy when I fuck up a config.
Adding VLANs to the swichtes and creating the router interfaces is even automated, in a few seconds I can have a new routed VLAN that is also available on all other sites.
It's a SansDigital TR4U USB3 case. It was teribad. I had to remove the USB3 bridge and run it as eSATA. Performance is about what you'd expect from a PCI-E 1x card and a SATA 6. But it's all media storage, and I'll saturate the 1 gig interface before I will the SATA bus.
I'm going to be replacing drives in a bit, so I'll replace the enclosures as well.
Unless I can find a modern HP server board that is a drop in replacement for my aging DL320s lab setup.
You can buy a pre-built NAS, or if you want something to play around with, an HP Microserver is a good staring point.
ECC RAM - The cost difference between ECC and regular DDR3 is usually minimal.
RAID - Redundancy in drives. If you use something like ZFS, LVM, or Storage Spaces, this is not really needed.
ZFS (or LVM, or Storage Spaces) - The idea is to be able to pool a bunch of drives, and let the software decide how to use them. Whereas RAID usually requires the same size drives (and usually same make and model) these other technologies create a pool, and allow you to slice off parts to create volumes, and configure redundancy for the individual volume.
this is my only problem with them, but I just let it backup in the background and I can listen to music, look at pictures, watch shows from anywhere fast so to me its good enough.
Looking for a mini-ITX case for my build.
Any recommendation? Fractal's products are out of stock from my favorite store.
I'm looking for something cheap, what do you guys think of the Cooler Master Elite 110?
1.5 kVA APC UPS is on its way.
also planning on buying 8 additional 4TB drives so I can make a RAID 60 with 3 RAID 6 sets of 15 drives each, then I'll just mount 2 or 3 hot-spares internally (non hotswap).
Damn, I've been looking at those sansdigital enclosures for a while and finally started seeing them pop up on UK sites but I was waiting for some reviews.
How did you convert it to esata?
no pics since i'm at work but my setup at home is:
2x - Dell R610, 2x L5640, 16GB ECC RAM, 6x250GB HDD RAID10, primary DC with 1 redundant failover
4x - Supermicro 3U 836 chassis, 2x E5-2670, 64GB ECC RAM, 2x Intel S3500 120GB RAID1 OS drive, 6x 2TB HDD, x1 Mellanox ConnectX-2 40 Gbps dual-port Infiniband adapter
x1 - Supermicro 4U 846 chassis, 2x E5-2670, 64GB ECC RAM, 2x Intel S3500 120GB RAID1 OS drive, 4x 2 TB HDD, x1 Mellanox ConnectX-2 40 Gbps dual-port Infiniband adapter
x1 - Intel R2312GZ4GCSAS, 2x E5-2670, 96GB ECC RAM, x2 Intel S3500 120GB RAID 1 OS drive, 2x 2 TB HDD, x1 Mellanox ConnectX-2 40 Gbps dual-port Infiniband adapter
In the Supermicro chassis I use a combination of onboard SATA ports and Dell H310 adapters flashed to IT mode as general "dumb adapters", and, in the Intel chassis I just use the individual disks in JBOD/RAID0 mode. All 6 are part of a ScaleIO shared storage cluster, no RAID, ZFS, etc.
Networking backbone is pretty basic, it's a Cisco 3560E for general connectivity, management, internet, etc., with a Mellanox IS5030 switch providing the storage area network backbone for ScaleIO.
All running Server 2012 R2 ;)
I was just about to shitpost and yell at you for "price differences", but holy shit RAM has finally gone down.
Only a $70 difference between 32GB of ECC/non-ECC RAM, and the ECC RAM is also 2x16GB. Fucking sweet.
Not >>52366724 but I could definitely use all that. A plex server will chew through storage like you wouldn't believe. Especially if you have people requesting content often.
I've used about 9TB of storage just in movies alone, TV is like 20TB. Just downloaded Friends, which was 700GB.
Depends on what your booting.
If its something as trivial as PFsense which loads to RAM then no.
If its something like FreeNAS then its arguable if you do a 2 USB flashdrive vs SSD.
If its linux based dont even bother.
>those fucking heatsinks
My dongle is fully erect
yes its a home server and it is indeed for simple storage and backups.
yep, will be enough to get it to shut down safely.
all the hardware is current gen so its all very power efficient.
This is my build for a server:
I currently have everything in front of me. Once I finish building it, what do I do? It's for Plex, torrenting, backup, file storage. I need an OS, and since I don't want to drop dosh I'm guessing I should use Debian or something. But I've never used anything but Windows (gaymen stuff).
I got a lot of stuff on sale / discounted, and the HDD and CPU were holiday gifts. My plan was "ask /g/" which was my plan when I built my main PC and that worked pretty well.
I'll admit it's a shit plan, but it's batting 1000 right now.
I went with pic related. They are cheap too.
To be honest you will miss that extra HDD space that a normal case offers.
Well that seems a little counter-intuitive, but if /g/ has spoken that should I use my ballpeen or my sledge?
But seriously, I know it's kind of silly to do this. I'm on other sites as well, but I find /g/ to be trustworthy and helpful.
Sledge, no exceptions faggot.
If you're not wanting to spend money why not Mint. I know everyone is all about >muh debian but if you're not familiar with linux I think that Mint would be your best bet for an OS.
>maybe off topic
I was a fiend in middle school for HL and its mods. There's one thing I never understood; the servers. What exactly are they? Literally a desktop box with a cruisin ISP? Can someone explain?
So I just finished physically building it. I'm looking into all of the OSs to see which one I think I'll be most comfortable with. Just to be clear, I know that all of these can run Plex and can do backup, but can I use these OSs to perform Dropbox like functions? That is to say, uploading/downloading from the server?
Sorry that these questions probably belong in the /sqt/, I just figured a more specific thread would be fitting.
Anyone have any recommendations for SAS breakout cables? Building a freeNAS server, and I can only seem to find SAS to SATA breakout cables. Or any small / medium form factor cases with Drive cages/ backplanes would also be helpful, as well as a board with IPMI support with a low power proc.
8087 to 8087 is SAS mini to SAS mini
Forward breakout is 8087 to 4xSATA.
Reverse breakout is 4xSATA to 8087.
My forward breakouts are 3ware I bought from Xcase.co.uk when I bought my HBA card.
2 years ago I had no home server at all.
Then I built one, and now whenever it's down (it was down a few times due to various external problems) I feel extremely uncomfortable, like a man who's lost his castle.
I don't even care if my main desktop dies, but the server must live.
Pic related. Motherboard is a Supermicro.
Wrong image file, I am a retard.
For anyone wondering what the difference is between forward and reverse breakouts, it's the wiring. You need forward breakouts if your host is SAS and target is SATA, reverse breakouts if your host is SATA and target is SAS. 8087 to 8087 is it's SAS to SAS. And ordinary SATA cables if it's SATA to SATA.
So if you're using a RAID or HBA card connected to a caddy with SATA ports, you want a forward breakout. Whereas if you're using a caddy or chassis with SAS ports and want to plug them into the motherboards SATA ports, you want a reverse breakout cable. If both your RAID or HBA card and your caddy or chassis is SAS, then you want 8087 to 8087 (SAS to SAS). And just a regular old SATA cable if you're connecting your motherboards SATA ports to a caddy or chassis with a regular old SATA port.
Any small servers that look as good as HP's ProLiant micro gen8?