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#41 Ryo

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 03:27 AM

quick ? are you running standard crashplan on ihomeserver?


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 01:07 PM

I built this system a couple weeks ago to replace a HP MediaSmart EX485 with 12 TB storage.  This is used to provide full client PC backups for 5 PCs, network storage for user files that need to sync across our desktop and notebook PCs, bulk file storage and media streaming (temporarily Mezzmo for DLNA but am migrating over to Plex Media Server).  The biggest issue I've had so far was intermittent drive errors getting logged in Windows' Event Log.  I finally got it resolved yesterday by disabling IntelliPark on the Red's using wdidle3.
 
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6x 6 TB WD Reds (for storage pool)
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Posted 02 September 2015 - 05:24 PM

I have had my setup for a while, but it works really well:

 

Chassis: Norco 4220

Power Supply: Corsair 750W

Motherboard: Asus KCMA-D8

Processor: AMD Opteron 4180 x2

Memory: Kingston DDR3 1333 8GB Kit x4

Add-On: PIKE 2008

Add-On: iKVM

Add-On: LSI 4 port mini-SAS

Operating System: ESXi 5.1

OS Drive: 60GB OCZ Agility 2

VM Drives: 240GB OCZ Agility 3 x3 (RAID 0)

VM Backup Drive: Samsung 1TB in a dual USB dock

DrivePool VM: WHS2011

DrivePool Drives: Seagate 3TB x14 (RDM to WHS2011 VM)

DrivePool Drives: Hitachi 2TB x6 (RDM to WHS2011 VM)

 

Other Services on VMs: Web, TeamSpeak server and music, MySQL (For XBMC and Web), DNS, DHCP, TACACS+/RADIUS, Fault Management, MRTG, Unified Communications

 

I updated my setup about 6 months ago and thought I would share as it works better than ever:

 

Chassis: Norco 4220

Power Supply: LEPA 1600W

Motherboard: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DR7-LN4F-O

Processor: Intel Xeon E5-2660 x2

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB x4

Add-On: HighPoint RocketRAID 2760A

Operating System: Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

OS Drive: 480 GB Mushkin SSD

VM Drives: 240GB OCZ Agility 3 x3 (RAID 0)

VM Backup Drive: Samsung 1TB in a dual eSATA dock

DrivePool VM: Windows Server 2012 Essentials

DrivePool Drives: Toshiba 3TB x9 (Pass-Throughto WS2012E VM)??

DrivePool Drives: Seagate 3TB x8 (Pass-Through to WS2012E VM)

DrivePool Drives: HGST 6TB x3 (Pass-Through to WS2012E VM)

 

Other Services on VMs: Web, TeamSpeak server and music, MySQL (For Kodi and Web), DNS, DHCP, RADIUS, IM, E-Mail/Webmail, Video/Music conversion for mobile?


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 06:48 PM

 

I built this system a couple weeks ago to replace a HP MediaSmart EX485 with 12 TB storage.  This is used to provide full client PC backups for 5 PCs, network storage for user files that need to sync across our desktop and notebook PCs, bulk file storage and media streaming (temporarily Mezzmo for DLNA but am migrating over to Plex Media Server).  The biggest issue I've had so far was intermittent drive errors getting logged in Windows' Event Log.  I finally got it resolved yesterday by disabling IntelliPark on the Red's using wdidle3.
 
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ASRock E3C226D2I
Intel Xeon E3-1265L V3
Corsair H90i AIO
2x 8GB Crucial DDR3-1600 ECC
Plextor M6e 256GB PCI-E SSD (OS and programs)
6x 6 TB WD Reds (for storage pool)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
Stablebit Drivepool + Scanner to combine the 6x Reds into a single drive pool with selective folder duplication.
 

Very nice!

Looks great!

 

I updated my setup about 6 months ago and thought I would share as it works better than ever:

 

Chassis: Norco 4220

Power Supply: LEPA 1600W

Motherboard: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DR7-LN4F-O

Processor: Intel Xeon E5-2660 x2

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB x4

Add-On: HighPoint RocketRAID 2760A

Operating System: Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

OS Drive: 480 GB Mushkin SSD

VM Drives: 240GB OCZ Agility 3 x3 (RAID 0)

VM Backup Drive: Samsung 1TB in a dual eSATA dock

DrivePool VM: Windows Server 2012 Essentials

DrivePool Drives: Toshiba 3TB x9 (Pass-Throughto WS2012E VM)??

DrivePool Drives: Seagate 3TB x8 (Pass-Through to WS2012E VM)

DrivePool Drives: HGST 6TB x3 (Pass-Through to WS2012E VM)

 

Other Services on VMs: Web, TeamSpeak server and music, MySQL (For Kodi and Web), DNS, DHCP, RADIUS, IM, E-Mail/Webmail, Video/Music conversion for mobile?

And very nice upgrade. I'm sure the dual CPUs are serving you well in that setup!


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 10:00 PM

 

I built this system a couple weeks ago to replace a HP MediaSmart EX485 with 12 TB storage.  This is used to provide full client PC backups for 5 PCs, network storage for user files that need to sync across our desktop and notebook PCs, bulk file storage and media streaming (temporarily Mezzmo for DLNA but am migrating over to Plex Media Server).  The biggest issue I've had so far was intermittent drive errors getting logged in Windows' Event Log.  I finally got it resolved yesterday by disabling IntelliPark on the Red's using wdidle3.
 
Fractal Design Node 304
Silverstone Strider Gold 550W + short cable kit
ASRock E3C226D2I
Intel Xeon E3-1265L V3
Corsair H90i AIO
2x 8GB Crucial DDR3-1600 ECC
Plextor M6e 256GB PCI-E SSD (OS and programs)
6x 6 TB WD Reds (for storage pool)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
Stablebit Drivepool + Scanner to combine the 6x Reds into a single drive pool with selective folder duplication.
 
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Nice compact build. I am also trying to keep a small box, I would post some pictures later.

 

One question : what kind of disk events were logs? Because on my build I get 1 disk event 153 each time I reboot. I wonder if it is hardware relate or maybe Windows side or DriverPool side.



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Posted 29 September 2015 - 06:02 PM

Nice compact build. I am also trying to keep a small box, I would post some pictures later.

 

One question : what kind of disk events were logs? Because on my build I get 1 disk event 153 each time I reboot. I wonder if it is hardware relate or maybe Windows side or DriverPool side.

Please do!  :)

 

The 153 event is a "retried" error.  This may be harmless (it's rather normal, actually), and if you're only seeing it during boot, it may just be a timing issue with the drive controller.

 

Check the disk number it mentions with Disk Management (run "diskmgmt.msc") and check which drive it is.  


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 09:00 PM

I will check again, but from what I can remember the disk was DrivePool disk, not a physical one

 

EDIT : checked again and yes it is DrivePool disk.

The error started after I did made a lot of firmware/bios/driver change for my IBM M1115, a lot of reboot, and now the error won't go away and appear each time the server is shut down or restarted. But no other issues so far.



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Posted 30 September 2015 - 08:46 PM

I will check again, but from what I can remember the disk was DrivePool disk, not a physical one

 

EDIT : checked again and yes it is DrivePool disk.

The error started after I did made a lot of firmware/bios/driver change for my IBM M1115, a lot of reboot, and now the error won't go away and appear each time the server is shut down or restarted. But no other issues so far.

 

If that's the case, it may be "non critical" and may be an issue with how the controller is being handled.

Worst case, enable boot logging and reboot the system.

http://wiki.covecube..._Log_Collection


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Posted 30 September 2015 - 09:25 PM

logs uploaded but I don't know if there is any info in the logs since the event 153 is recorded at shutdown, not when booting.



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Posted 01 October 2015 - 12:33 AM

logs uploaded but I don't know if there is any info in the logs since the event 153 is recorded at shutdown, not when booting.

Ah, okay. If that's the case you want to do this then:

http://wiki.covecube...Log_Collection 

Just enable the logging and reboot (it's disabled after a reboot by default)


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Posted 01 October 2015 - 08:57 PM

Ah, okay. If that's the case you want to do this then:

http://wiki.covecube...Log_Collection 

Just enable the logging and reboot (it's disabled after a reboot by default)

that is the way I did the first log :)



#52 ctopherc

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 12:30 AM

What rack is that? Been looking for a nice short 4 post rack for my gear


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It's a custom built rack out of 3/4 plywood and audio equipment Raxxess rails. If you want the specs I could look for them but it was made to house my APC UPS being the deepest and enough room below for cables and a less deep top shelf to help with airflow. Additionally I mounted caster wheels to roll it in and out of my office closet.
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Posted 21 October 2015 - 07:47 PM

My CURRENT setup:

 

Norco RPC-4220
Supermicro X7SPA-H-D525 Mobo
D525 (1.80Ghz) CPU
4GB Mushkin SO-DIMM DDR3 1333
Corsair TX650 PSU
LSI SAS 9201-16i
60GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD for OS
5x 3TB Barracuda XT (ST3300651AS)

6x 3TB WD Red (WD30EFRX-68A)
1x 2TB Landing Drive for Torrents

 

I'll either be upgrading to building a new server in the next two weeks...  Can't wait! :)

 

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 08:36 PM

My CURRENT setup:

 

Norco RPC-4220
Supermicro X7SPA-H-D525 Mobo
D525 (1.80Ghz) CPU
4GB Mushkin SO-DIMM DDR3 1333
Corsair TX650 PSU
LSI SAS 9201-16i
60GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD for OS
5x 3TB Barracuda XT (ST3300651AS)

6x 3TB WD Red (WD30EFRX-68A)
1x 2TB Landing Drive for Torrents

 

I'll either be upgrading to building a new server in the next two weeks...  Can't wait! :)

 

 

 

Well, very nice either way!


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 10:45 PM

So far I have:

 

Supermicro X10SLH-F-O

Xeon E3-1276v3

16GB Crucial UDIMM (Another 16GB will be here on Friday)

LSI SAS 9207-8i

120GB OCZ Vertex3 SSD for OS

2x 5TB Toshiba (PH3500U-1|72)

 

I'll use that to upgrade my existing setup.

 

If my boss buys my existing server, I'll pick up a Norco 4224, and probably 4x 8TB Seagate Archive Drives

 

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 03:52 AM

Nice compact build. I am also trying to keep a small box, I would post some pictures later.

 

One question : what kind of disk events were logs? Because on my build I get 1 disk event 153 each time I reboot. I wonder if it is hardware relate or maybe Windows side or DriverPool side.

 

I don't recall the Event IDs, but they were not only logged once at startup.



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Posted 16 January 2016 - 08:02 AM

I'm too embarrassed to post the details of my current backup server (2012R2 Essentials), so I've decided to do it "propper".  I have just purchased a 42U Rack and hence I'm keen on moving to a rack-mounted case, but a couple of Q:

 

1) Cases - Norco Vs Silverston Vs Supermicro : I'm happy with any case with between 16 and 24 drive bays.  I hear that the Norco is loud, cuts fingers, dosn't rack mount well but is cheap and great for modders.  Supermicro is better but twice the price.  I can also get the SilverStone  which is priced between the two, looks good with 80mm fans but I can find no reviews on it.  I'm thinking the SilverStone at this stage but ????

 

2) Ports Ports Ports:  I have no interest in any form of RAID and just want plain SATA ports at the lowest cost per port (without sacrificing reliability.... but you should see what I have working just fine at present!).  I can get the M1115 for the equiv of US$100 here in Oz.  I already have a M1015 in my main server and would flash them to IT Mode as I've done with this one.  Considering the price of the M1115 and that my Mobo already has 8 sata ports, would I be better:

- just getting 2 x M1115, or

- 1 x M1115 and ???? SAS Expander (pls recommend), or

- ??? 4 x SAS PCI card (pls recommend), or

- something else

 

Thanks

Nathan

 

FYI - I'll post some before/after pics. 



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Posted 16 January 2016 - 09:41 PM

Don't be. I probably have the worst rack here, out of anyone.  It's an Ikea Lack Coffee Table (well, two of them). And everything is sitting in that. 

 

So, it's ugly as heck. :)

 

  1. I have a Norco RPC 4220 (4U, 20 bay), a 2U Norco (RPC-230 I think) and a 1U SuperMicro system.  I have to say, that I like the SuperMicro best. Better build quality, better drive trays, and better construction overall.  
    However, iStarUSA, Chenbro and Rackmountable also have cases.  (rackmountable cases are ... ugly ... just completely ugly).

    Oh, and I'll attest to the "cuts fingers" thing about the norco's.  Every single time I open the case, I end up nicking myself somehow.
     
  2. That's the question isn't it. :)
    Personally, I'd recommend well, any LSI based card, and an expander. 
    I have one of these: http://www.intel.com...-res2sv240.html
    And it's worked out very well. The card doesn't need to be plugged into PCIe, but it needs either a molex connector or PCIe for power (but not both).  

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 01:07 AM

Check this out for ugly (both in looks and components)

- Lian Li Case with 6HDD bays + a 5 in 3 Drive Enclosure.  Using Mobo SATA ports and cheap $20 PCI 1.5Gbps sata cards

- HotBay 8 Bay drive enclosure connected by USB 3

- Ghetto UPS (it actually provides UPS for my PC and Comms main equipment in the house not this backup server)

 

2nd Pic is all this same gear relocated into my Rack.  The plan is to replace the Lian LI and Hotbay cases with a rackmount one (as well as "better" SATA cards - but oddly this setup has just worked!).

 

Thanks for the link to that SAS Expander but it is 3-4x the price of a second M1115... or am I missing something?

 

Nathan

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 02:43 AM

Couple of Q on how these cases work in general:

 

- Depth:  My Rack is only 770mm from door to door.  If the Norco 4220 is 650mm that only leaves 120mm for the cables on the back and the Handles on the front.  How much extra width does the handles make to the 650mm as I can not find this measurement?

 

- Cables:  I take it you use these "SFF-8087 to SFF-8087 SAS Cables" to go from a M1115 to the Backplane.  If I also want to use the SATA ports on my Mobo, in additioin I then use a "4 x Sata to SFF-8087 (Reverse breakout) cable"  - Eg I could use 2 x M1115 + 4 x Mobo Sata => 20 Drive bays.  My thinking is I'd use the 2 x M1115 to handle the Pool of 16 Drives, + my mobo SATA ports for the 2xOS drives as I currently do.






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