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I work as the IT guy and Engineer for a small tech company in Arlington, TX. We decided we wanted VPN capability into our office, but we didn't have anything to VPN into. My boss was thinking we'd need to buy 4 desktops to use for full functionality (we do VB.NET which can't compile code remotely, meaning the computer has to be reasonably powerful for doing programming work on) while we were out of the office - I suggested we just build one computer to run multiple VMs on, and then we could also use it to sandbox software on before we deploy it on our real server (which is kind-of a POS).

Specs:
SuperMicro dual-1366 bare bone
Xeon E5645 (only one to start with)
24 GB of RAM
Four 1TB HDDs in RAID 0+1
The cheapest video card I could find with a good warranty
Intel's new dedicated RAID card w/ battery backup
Server '08 R2 Enterprise

All the parts arrived and it was time for a little fun. I worked from home where I had all my tools and could take the build nice and easy and still get paid normally - because this is still a LOT cheaper than buying a pre-built server from somebody and I'm between projects at work.

Got the bare bone system opened, tidied up the cable management just a little bit and was ready to start.
450

Removed the fans and the old SATA cables
450

A very simple looking 24GB of RAM
450

The new RAID card w/ battery backup mounted and the cables ready to go in
700

CPU, GPU, RAM and RAID card installed; the hot-swap panel wired.
450

DVD drive, fans and HSF (I flipped the fan in it, so ignore the little arrow) installed, and the minor cable management I had to do to keep this looking clean
450

I got the RAID all configured and fully initialized. Then I started PC Check to verify all the hardware worked correctly out of the box and took a nap while it ran. The dog joined me.
450

PC Check (like most diagnostics that run outside the OS) can't test most RAID arrays. So I installed Server '08 R2 Enterprise and fired up Western Digital Data Lifeguard which in my opinion is the most effective way to test a complete RAID array for perfect functionality.
450

Possibly the best day and a half of work ever in IT thumb.gif
Edited by CTRLurself - 3/30/12 at 9:32pm
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Awesome, thats a nice server bro! biggrin.gif
 
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I'm a little surprised this thread didn't get more views, there aren't a lot of server-class builds on here.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CTRLurself View Post

I'm a little surprised this thread didn't get more views, there aren't a lot of server-class builds on here.

I know. this is like heaven to me lol I love anything to do with high speed servers rolleyes.gif
 
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Niceee!! Great work, just get another Xeon!!!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by joshd View Post

Niceee!! Great work, just get another Xeon!!!

Well, this server was built with expansion in mind, and so far I've peaked it at around 11GB of RAM being used under light work. It may need more than *just* another Xeon.
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Why if you have 13 GB unused?
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Because I'm using up 50% of the RAM working by myself on here getting all the VMs working right. If we had everybody dial into it at once I think it would be close to overloaded.
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Should of done a SR-2, or a SR-3 if thats out yet.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CTRLurself View Post

Because I'm using up 50% of the RAM working by myself on here getting all the VMs working right. If we had everybody dial into it at once I think it would be close to overloaded.

Ah. What you going to get. 64 GB biggrin.gif?
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