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[Build Log] NUS Server

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Hello everyone. I have finally started building my new NUS (Network Unified Storage) server (about time, right??), and this will be the build log. I do not plan to purchase everything at once, and get it all a few days later...so this build will take me a several weeks, if not a months. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

The Purpose of This Build Log
This build log will be written in a Work Log style, showing progress for each day of work. I will be posting about my server build, moving my equipment to my rack, building of my mDC (miniDataCentre), which will be an 8x8 room that will house all my equipment, wiring my house with Cat6 cable, and anything relating to these tasks. I see many challenges ahead, that I look forward to tackling.
I also plan to record videos during this project. I will have a separate video giving an in-depth review of each separate component in the below NUS build, as well as the completed build. I will also be recording videos of other tasks being completed, or challenges that I overcome.
(All videos will be recorded with my Sony Nex-5N DSLR Camera, at 1080i, 60fps in AVCHD format)

The Plan
So what am I trying to achieve here? This server will be my storage server, but it will be much more than that. It will also be an iSCSI host for my two Hyper-V Host Servers, which I am going to cluster. I currently run about 14 VMs between these two Hyper-V Host Servers, and hope to run as many as 25 while using this new NUS Server for VM storage. Each Hyper-V Host Server has an 8-core CPU, with 32GB of RAM...as well as a pair of 60GB SSDs in Raid 1. I will also be using this storage server for media distribution, to various multimedia devices. Primarily, it will provide content to a HTPC that I will build afterwards. It will also be providing content (FLAC/MP3 Audio, and 720/1080p Video) over my WAN, via Subsonic. Lastly, it will be a centralized location for backups, and possibly off-site backups for friends and family members.
Once this server is built, it will be moved to a rack that will house all my servers and networking equipment. Getting the rack is also part of this project, as well as building a 8ft by 8ft room in the corner of my garage to house everything. Lastly, I will also be wiring my house with Category 6 cabling, and terminating to keystone jacks throughout the house (4 behind the TV for all media devices, 1 for a Digital Aquatics Lifeguard device to monitor my 125gal Malawi Cichlid aquarium, and 4 more ports in my office), as well as a patch panel in the mDC. The rack will consist of (but not limited to) my firewall (running Untangle), all servers, LAN and DMZ switches, battery backup unit(s), patch panel, and my new NUS Server.

Component List
Server Chassis: Norco RPC-4224 [Purchased; Received]
Motherboard: ASUS P8B-E/4L ATX [Purchased; Received]
Processor: Intel Xeon E3-1220 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.1Ghz [Purchased; Received]
RAM: 4x Kingston KVR1333D3E9/4G [Purchased 2; Received 2]
Raid Controller: LSI MegaRAID SAS 9261-8i [Purchased; Received]
Raid Controller BBU: LSI LSI00264 LSIiBBU08 BAT1S1P [Purchased; Received]
SAS Expander: HP SAS Expander [Purchased; Received]
SAS Expander Chenbro CK23601 [purchased; Received]
Power Supply: Rosewill FORTRESS-550 [Purchased; Received]
Hard Drive(s) [Boot]: x2 Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 60GB SATA III [Purchased 2; Received 2]
Hard Drive(s) [Storage]:x8 Hitachi HGST Desktsart NAS 6TB (Raid 10) [Not Purchased]
Server Rack: Wright Line (Eaton) 45U Four Post Rack [NOT USED] [Purchased; Received]
Other:
---x2 Syba SY-MRA25023 2.5" Hot Swap caddy for PCI Slot [Purchased 2; Received 2]
---x7 Tripp Lite S506-18N SFF-8087 Cable [Purchased 7; Received 7]
---Norco 3x120mm Fan Bar [Purchased; Received]
---x3 Delta AFB1212GHE-CF00 120mm Case Fan [Purchased 1; Received 1]
---x2 Norco C-P1T7 1-to-7 SATA Extension Splitter [Purchased 2; Received 2]
---Scythe Grand Kama CPU Cooler[Purchased; Received]
---Crucial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan (RAM) [NOT USED] [Purchased; Received]
---Norco RL-26 Slide Ball Bearing Rails [Not Purchased]
---x2 bgears b-Blaster 80 80mm Case Fans (Rear Exhaust) [Purchased 2; Received 2]


Operating System: Windows Server 2012 [Release Candidate publicly available]

Build Log

June 18, 2012
Received my server chassis (Norco RPC-4224), 3x120mm Norco fan bar, and 1 Delta 120mm case fan. I have inspected the chassis pretty well, and I am impressed. I really like the layout of this chassis, and I should have plenty of room to get in here and work. I have also connected my first Delta 120mm case fan to one of my existing servers, and man can this thing move air. It's rated at 240.96 CFM of Air Flow, which is amazing. Yes, at 62 dBA it is quite noisy...but once racked inside my sound proofed mDC, that shouldn't be a concern. Until then, I may use the 4x80mm fan bar that came with the chassis. Not as powerful, but a bit more quite.
I also got my Wright Line (now Eaton) 45U server rack.

June 19, 2012
Video review of my rack has been recorded and uploaded.

June 22, 2012
Video review of my Norco RPC-4224 Server Chassis has been recorded and uploaded.

June 25, 2012
Ordered my new Power Supply (Rosewill FORTRESS-550), and x2 1-to-7 Molex extensions (Norco C-P1T7). Also found out that the Norco RPC-4224 has a 15% discount going on, which is worth about $60. I contacted Newegg about it, since I already ordered mine, and they gave me a $15 off my new order (PSU and 1-to-7 Molex), which is awesome. Go Newegg!
Looking forward to this PSU as well. I know Rosewill isn't top of the line, by any means...but I have always had good luck with Rosewill, and they just released their new FORTRESS series of PSUs, which are 80+ Platinum. Yes, Platinum. Can't find any reviews on this new PSU, but getting a 20% discount on it (and 20% on the Molex Splitters too), and it's 80+ Plat...which I have never had before. 89% efficiency minimu, and up to 94%. According to PSU calculators, with 24 7200 RPM SATA III HDDs, I need a 497w minimum...with 520w recommended, so this should just be enough once fully loaded (which will be awhile). New items to review once I return from vacation! Woohoo.

June 29, 2012
Ordered motherboard and 2 x4GB sticks of RAM. RAM was $33.99 each, and the motherboard is normally $239.99, but had a 15% off server motherboards, so I only paid $204.
PSU and Molex Expansion cables made it here.

July 3, 2012
Received motherboard and RAM.

July 4, 2012
-Video of Motherboard, PSU, RAM, RAM Cooling Fans, and Molex Expanders have been uploaded.
-Crucial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan added to build list. I got this free when I bought a 2x8GB (16GB) RAM kit from Newegg. Since I bought two kits, I got two of these fans...and one is in my VMHOST01 server. This second one will go in my NUS server. More fans can't hurt, right?
-NEW video of my server chassis has been uploaded.

July 5, 2012
-Uploaded video of my Delta 120mm Case Fan.
-Started building the NUS server. Got the motherboard and PSU mounted, RAM seated, RAM cooler attached, Molex Expanders in place, and PSU connected up. New fan 3x120mm fan bar is not in place yet, due to noise of my 120mm fan. I will replace that bar once the garage is ready for my rack (1-2 months hopefully). I verified power was being received to the motherboard, which makes me very excited! Just need a CPU and a pair of SSDs and I can load the OS. Yippie!!!
-Several build progress photos have been added to post 3...check them out.

July 13, 2012
-Pulled the trigger, and bought my CPU and a cooler to go with it. Should have that either Tuesday (17th) or Wednesday (18th), so check back for videos of these two products. This also means that I will be able to load an OS on here now (temporarily, since I still don't have the SSDs for this build) and test out the compatibility between all the components!

July 15, 2012
-Tracking information shows that the CPU and cooler will be here on Tuesday, July 17th.
-With some downtime, and after reading this thread (Actively Cooled Modem/Router Club), I decided to modify my Thomson Cable Modem to allow for better airflow. Check out this thread ([Modem Mod] Added a 60mm fan to my Thomson Cable Modem).

July 17, 2012
-Received CPU and CPU cooler, and got both into server.
-3 New photos, and 3 new videos uploaded below (3 photos in the build log, and 1 video of the CPU, 1 video of the CPU Cooler, and 1 video in the build log section in post 3 below).
-Connected 2 2.5" 250GB Hard Drives and am installing Windows Server 2012 to check things out, performance wise!

July 26, 2012
-Sorry for the lack of updates, money is not as available as I'd like, and time is also of the essence. Hopefully can order my HP SAS Expander this weekend, or at least my SSDs.
-Slapped a HDD in one of the caddies and popped it in each slot, and verified the backplanes are at least supplying power.
-Modded my Netgear WNDR3700 router. Check it out. [Router Mod] 80mm fan on my Netgear WNDR3700
-Ordered my Raid Controller and Battery Backup Unit. Should receive hopefully by Aug. 3.

July 29, 2012
-Finally made a storage drive decision (updated part list above).
x20 3TB Hitachi 7K3000 drives for storage. Raid 50 (if my controller can do online expansion for spanned arrays) or Raid 6 (if my controller can't do online expansion for spanned arrays). If I don't do the Raid 50, I may consider doing two separate Raid 6 arrays, and use Server 2012 Storage Spaces to make it appear as one logical pool.
x4 600GB Hitachi Ultrastar 15K600 drives for VM storage. Raid 5, which would allow for approximately 1.8TB of storage...which should be plenty for 15-25 HAVM's. Most VMs will be fixed disk, 30-50GB...and a few will be larger (such as my System Center 2012 Configuration Manager server) which will be more like 250GB, to account for software updates, SQL databases, etc. I expect not to even use 1TB of this right away.

August 1, 2012
-Still very slow, and with working a lot I haven't had a chance to do much with this. I have been researching information about building my mDC room, and taking measurements...but haven't done much more than that.
-Added new items to my NUS build. I added x2 SYBA SY-MRA25018s, which are a 2.5" HDD hot-swap tray, that mounts to an unused PCI slot...giving hot swap in the back of the case. I will be using two of these in my last two PCI slots, which should leave 3 open slots if I ever wanted to add anything else on the motherboard. These trays use a regular SATA data cable, so they will still be connected to the motherboard, and each of these will be populated with a SSD...which will be in Raid 1 for the OS. I think it's pretty neat, and around $20 each it's not bad. This is better than rigging something up to mount the two drives inside the case, and if I need to get to them, I don't have to take the top off. Just for the record, I was also considering doing something like THIS which is neat, and allows for 2.5" HDDs to be mounted in a PCI slot, but no hot swap. The SYBA has a few reviews out there, and the main flaw is that the tray CAN be tight, depending on the drive that goes in...but oh well. I still think it would be a great addition!

August 2, 2012
-Received LSI SAS MegaRAID 9621-8i Raid Controller and BBU.
-New photos and a video uploaded of the Raid Controller.
-New build log photos uploaded.

August 3, 2012
-Installed latest version of LSI MegaRAID drivers.
-Loaded up LSI WebBIOS and cleared all configurationss of the Raid Controller, and reset all settings to default.
-Installed LSI MegaRAID Storage Manager v12.05.03.00, and checked the status of everything, and it all looks great.
-Updated the firmware:
Old Firmware Version--2.90.03-0933, New Firmware Version--2.130.353.1663
Old Firmware Package Version--12.9.0-0037, New Firmware Package Version--12.12.0-0111
Old WebBIOS Version--6.0-18-Rel, New WebBIOS Version--6.0-49-Rel
Old Version--3.18.00 (Build Jun 17, 2010), New Version--3.24.00 (Build Oct 26, 2011)
As you can see, the firmware was kind of old, but it updated in a matter of 2 minutes (plus a reboot).
-Battery stats:
Full Capacity--1460 mAh
Voltage--4087mV
Battery Replacement--Not Required
As you can see, the battery is in great condition. It is current charging, which has about an hour to go. It's currently running around 102.2F degrees, and I hope to drop that to low 90s once I switch out the fans in my chassis. Once the battery finishes it's charge, I'm going to kick off a manual learn cycle.
-I have no SAS Cables, so I can't connect any drives, but the controller does see it's two ports, and potentially 8 drives. I will be out of town all week next week, but I will order a cable during that time so I can do some further testing next weekend, to ensure all is good.
-Windows Server 2012 goes GA on Sept. 4, which will be the latest date that I get it. RTM is already released, and just waiting for that to hit on MSDN, and I will grab it (or if it leaks before, I will get it)...then I will install Server 2012 on my NUS...which is currently running Server 2008 R2 Standard. I will get the new OS on there before I build any arrays for home-production use.

August 10, 2012
-Added 2 new items to my part list. x2 Syba SY-MRA25023, which is a 2.5" hot-swap caddy that mounts in a PCI slot. I will be using two of these for my SSD Boot Drives, which will be in a Raid 1. This will give me the ability to hot swap in case of a failure, without pulling off the front cover. It's also a great way to have the drive mounted in place, and not have it free floating in the case (since there is not 2.5" HDD mounts inside my Norco RPC-4224). I ordered one, which is more or a less a test, to see how well it works. At $20 each, it's not bad. I also added my SFF-8087 cables to my part list, now that I have decided what I will use. I decided not to use cheap cables, so I am going with the Tripp Lite S506-18N, which is an 18" SFF-8087 to SFF-8087 cable. I will have a total of 8 of these, 6 from the HP SAS Expander to the backplanes, and 2 from the HP SAS Expander to the LSI 9261-8i Raid Controller (Link Aggregation). I will be testing the Link Aggregation to see if I can actually notice an increase in performance, and if not, that I won't be using it that way. If I ever fill this box up and run out of room, I will build a SAS Expander Case with another Norco chassis, and use some kind of SFF-8087 to SFF-8088 converter, so I can connect another HP SAS Expander, in another Norco Chassis for more drives (if I need it, and would be a year or two away).
-I also ordered the PCI bracket for my LSI 9261, since it is a low profile card and came with a low profile PCI bracket. ~$10, and should have next week. So all in all, I bought three new things, which are needed. Once I get my SAS Cable, I will be able to fully test out all my backplanes (which I have already power tested), and build a simple array to do some performance testing of my controller.

August 11, 2012
-Finally got my hands on a copy of Server 2012 RTM. No, it's not cracked...it's going to be unlicensed for now (180 trial), and licensed once it hits TechNet next month. Going to get it installed, and pre-configured and ready to build my first array once my SFF-8087 cable arrives on Tuesday (08/14/2012) (along with the 2.5" hot swap caddy and PCI Bracket for my raid controller).

August 14, 2012
-Having some issues with the leaked Server 2012 RTM, as it likes to blue screen right after the install welcome screen. Going to wait until tomorrow (August 15, 2012) as that is when RTM is released to TechNet/MSDN Subscribers. I thought that was early September, but I was wrong...so tomorrow!
-Received my SFF-8087 cable, and the 2.5" hot swap caddy, which is called a PCI Mobile Rack. Videos and pictures will be uploaded later this evening, and this thing is awesome!

August 17, 2012
-Disappointing news. I finally got my hands on a copy of Windows Server 2012, direct from the Volume Licensing page...but Server 2012 will not load on this motherboard. ASUS support wasn't really helpful, stating that I will just have to wait for a BIOS update since it's not supported. Logical, I guess...but saddening. I guess I will be using Server 2008 R2 SP1 for now then, which should do me just fine really. Oh well. Going to install my OS on here now, and maybe look at migrating over my current 2TB drives and see if performance is increased on this controller!

September 3, 2012
-Yeah, it's been a while. Money is tight, lots of traveling with work.
-Just purchased my 2 80mm rear case fans (bgears b-Blaster 80), which are a 62 CFM, 39 dba fan. Some may say that is noisey, but when all is done this server will have 3 Delta AFB1212GHE-CF00 which are 240CFM, 62 dba fans...which will be approximately 66 dba combined between those 3 fans. This server again, will be tucked away in my mDC, with soundproofed walls. I want maximized airflow, for maximized cooling.
-Also purchased one of my Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 60GB SSDs. So I will be rebuilding the box once I get it.
-Lastly, since I will need 8 total HDDs before I can build my Raid 60 and get my storage going, I have decided to migrated my existing storage to a Raid 5 with 3 Hitachi 7K3000 2TBs that I currently have. I bought a fourth, which is damaged...and I will be RMAing, but I will at least have 6TB of Raid 5 storage, and will be getting use out of this storage server, other than folding. I will definitely be doing some performance testing with these drives (Raid 0, 1, and 5)...as well as rebuild testing.

September 10, 2012
-Finally ordered my HP SAS Expander. Hopefully will have it later this week.
-Received my 2 bgears b-Blaster 80 80mm Case Fans, and love these things. They aren't really that loud compared to what I already have running in my office, and they move some great air. I can tell a noticable different with the heatsink on my Raid card, so that is good. Also got my SSD, but have not installed yet...as I am waiting for a BIOS update to allow Server 2012 to be installed on this motherboard. It's a shame that a BIOS update was just released, but didn't fix this.
-I have ordered all the SFF-8087 cables that I need.
-Lastly, I got my hands on a copy (from MSDN) of Windows Storage Server 2012, which is designed to run on OEM hardware. It's a slight stripped down version of Server 2012, with improved iSCSI support and SIS (data-deduping, I believe). I want to use this, but until it will install I can't really test it. I will be sure to take some pics of my SSD when I take pics of the SAS Expander.
-After a slight debacle, I have decided to order 3 120mm Scythe Ultra Kaze fans. They push around 133 CFM of air, at 45dba. This is about 15 dba quieter than the Delta, and about 100 CFM less. After plenty of though, I decided that the Delta was indeed overkill that I could cut back on. The Ultra Kaze are about half the price, and will still push plenty of air and a noise level no louder than what I already got going on in my home office. 3 120mm 133 CFM fans in the fan bar, and 2 80mm 62 CFM exhaust fans should move plenty of air. The other problem with the Delta is the power draw. I read somewhere that this fan can pull as much as 50w, which I don't think is true...but made me think that even if they pulled 25w each, that's 75w that I probably don't have to spare on this PSU. My choice of PSU is probably going to be a temporary thing, but will do just fine for now.

September 12, 2012
-Received my 3 120mm Scythe Ultra Kaze, and man these things are great. 133CFM each...and is no louder than the 4 Delta AFB812Hs they replaced. The Delta AFB0812H is rated at 35.3CFM, so technically one Ultra Kaze 120mm moves almost as much air as all 4 of these Deltas. Again, I can noticeably tell a temperature different. Mainly, my raid controller heatsink is much cooler (this thing has come close to burning me before).
-Looks like my HP SAS Expander and 6 SFF-8087 cables should be here tomorrow or Friday, which will complete my server, minus drives and OS.
-After contacting ASUS support, they have confirmed that Server 2012 is planned to be supported on this motherboard, but there is another line of motherboards that take priority. Such a shame, and probably means I will be running Windows Storage Server 2008 R2, until Windows Storage Server 2012 is supported. Oh well, not a big deal as they both will give me the iSCSI support I am looking for. Shouldn't be hard to upgrade in a few months.
-More pictures and videos will come soon, I promise. Been a busy week, but this weekend is when I can take a few pictures of the fans (and hopefully my HP SAS Expander), along with videos.

November 21, 2012
It's been awhile! I have done a few things differently on my NUS server, but still no progress on my mDC. I am guessing that it will be after the holidays before I get to start on my mDC.
-FINALLY loaded Windows Server 2012 on my NUS01, utilizing a single 60GB SSD. I am still debating if I want to get a second and do a Raid 1 for the OS, but I am probably not going to. As far as the OS, I had to upgrade the BIOS and then Server 2012 loaded perfectly, which made me happy. For the specific OS, I am actually running Windows Storage Server 2012, which is an OEM ONLY OS, so thank you MSDN! The reason I went with Windows Storage Server is simple, since WSS is focused on Storage. The new Server manager in 2012 makes it so easy to manage everything from one pane. When I say everything I am talking Volumes, Drives, VDs, iSCSI LUNs, Data Dedup, etc. So easy and pretty! I'm sure I can take some screenshots sometime and share.
-I also rebuilt my domain this past weekend, and did a few things different. Namely, I set up two 250GB iSCSI LUNs. I have my TORRENT01 VM, which is a very lightweight VM running only uTorrent 3.2.0. 20GB VHD for the host OS and software, and a 250GB iSCSI LUN attached for Torrent storage. Similarly, is my NZB01 server which hosts my Usenet stuff (SABnzbd, SickBeard, CouchPotato, and Headphones). 20GB OS/Software VHD, and a 250GB iSCSI LUN for downloads (which with the automation I never have to touch, since things are auto-renamed and moved to the correct location). Lastly, I also set up NIC teaming with the built in NIC Teaming in Server 2012. My NUS server has 4 Intel gigabit NICs, but I am currently (and temporarily) using a unmanaged gigabit switch. Since my switch is unmanaged, I can't set up LACP...so I used the switch-independent NIC teaming, which allows for aggregated OUTBOUND traffic. File streaming to one HTPC, iSCSI traffic, and other file traffic...it does great. Once I get my Cisco Smart Switch, I will set up LACP which will allow for aggregated outbound AND inbound traffic.
-I also got a new Access Point to replace my aging Netgear WNDR3700 (with DD-WRT). Ubiquiti's Unifi APs are great, and I finally got around to buying one. Much better range and speed than my previous AP.

October 26, 2013
It's been a really long time (almost a year) since I've done anything to my storage box. It's been chugging along great for the past year with 5 x 2TB in a RAID 5, which is not ideal but it's what my budget has allowed for. I've got about 800GB free in my current array, and while I do have other 2TB drives, I am not willing to expand this array. 8TB with 5 drives is the biggest I will take a RAID 5, but I have been pleasantly surprised at how stable it's been.
The reason for updating this post is to outline my new storage strategy, which has changed yet again. Originally, I was going to do an 18 drive RAID 60 with 3TB drives, 2 3TB hot spares, and a 4 x 2TB RAID 10 for VM storage via iSCSI. I have since decided that I likely won't need ~42TB of storage within the next 3-5 years and have decided to stick with 3TB drives (Toshiba DT01ACA300's) and do a RAID 10 instead. I have 2 DT01ACA300's right now and hope to order two more in the next few weeks, just to get my 3TB RAID 10 storage. 4 x 3TB in RAID 10 will not be enough for me to replace my existing RAID 5, but once I expand that to 6 x 3TB in a RAID 10, I can migrate data from my RAID 5 and blow that array away. That will leave me with several 2TB drives so I likely will build a separate RAID 10 for some other purpose. I will add drives as needed (in pairs, to expand my RAID 10 -- hopefully I can get to the point of expanding 4 drives at a time) with the end goal of 20 3TB drives in a RAID 10 (~30TB usable, actually I think it will be around 27.2TB) with 2 3TB drives for warm spares, and two SSDs used for CacheCade (not sure if I will do RAID 0, 1, or JBOD on that). I will probably aim for 512GB SSDs by that point since it will be 6-12 months down the road, so hopefully I can get them for $200 by then. That should fill up the chassis and keep me happy for a while. I figure if I can get 5 years out of that, surely we will have mainstream 5-6 TB drives by then and I can re-evaluate my storage sitatuion then (10Gb/s Fibre or more, SATA IV at 12Gb/s, 6TB drives -- that would be cool).
In the coming weeks I will post some pictures of the drives I'm using, and do some performance testing once I have 4 x 3TB drives I can play around with (RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 numbers for seq and random R/W).

July 12, 2014
Not much has changed with this build, except for my storage configuration. Long story short, I've been running with 5 x 2TB in a RAID 5 for my primary data, long with 2 x 3TB in RAID 1 for backups. I recently freed up 2 2TB drives from a PC build of mine, so I am in the process of migrating my 5 x 2TB RAID 5 (~7.2TB) to a 7 x 2TB RAID 6 (~9.1TB). Pretty easy to start the migration, but it's definitely nerve wracking! The migration/reconstruction has been running now for 35 minutes, and claims there is 3 days, 7 hours, and 26 minutes left until completion. I don't find this time reliable though, as back when the elapsed time was ~20 minutes in, it said the remaining time was over 4 days. I'm heading to bed here in a few, so I'm hoping to see some good progress within the next 10-12 hours or so.
*Fingers crossed*

If I have no problems, and everything works like it should, I will feel much better about my data being on a RAID 6 vs a RAID 5. I'm not a big fan of RAID 5, and preach about RAID 10, but money has prohibited me from building my RAID 10 array with 3TB drives. I have 2 of my 3TB drives, but other builds and servers (R610, my new PC build, my girlfriends PC build, etc) has consumed my PC funds. Once I can get my hands on 6 more matching 3TB drives, I will be building a 8 x 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300 RAID 10 array (~11TB usable) to move all my data over. I will then build another RAID 10 with my existing 2TB drives (or 6 of them at least) for iSCSI storage and backups.

Just wanted to share an update after all this time! Everything has been running great for over two years now!


July 15, 2014
The rebuild is done, and now I have 7 x 2TB in a RAID 6, with ~9TB of usable space in that array.
Reconstruction: 2 days, 21 hours, 53 minutes, 44 seconds
Background Initialization: 0 days, 13 hours, 25 minutes, 39 seconds
Total time: 3 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes, 23 seconds

That 3 days felt a lot longer, but I feel a bit better about my data until I can get my RAID 10 going (yes, I have backups -- my important data has 3 copies actually).

November 14, 2014
Planning a hardware and software refresh of this device. Will be swapping out the HP SAS Expander with a Chenbro CK23601, adding another Syba 2.5" drive bracket with another 60GB SSD for the OS (RAID 1...finally). I will also be rebuilding my storage arrays with a RAID 10 volume, starting with 4-6 6TB drives. OS-wise, I am looking to switch to OpenMediaVault, most likely.

November 20, 2014
Received Chenbro SAS Expander, second Mushkin 60GB SSD, and second Syba 2.5" drive try. Still waiting on the iKVM, which should arrive in the next few days. I hope to order 8 6TB drives in the coming weeks, and once received I'll be able to swap in this new hardware, rebuild the server on a new OS (likely OpenMediaVault), and build a new RAID 10 storage array!
New pictures have been added in post #3, 60GB Mushkin SSD and Chenbro CK23601 Expander.

November 22, 2014
Received my iKVM chip, and pictures added. I can't wait to put all this new gear in once I can buy some new HDD's!
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Photos
This section will contain High Quality photos of each component, as well as build progress. I know several people will enjoy the pictures more than the videos. smile.gif
Norco RPC-4224 Server Chassis (Click to show)
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ASUS ASMB5-iKVM (Click to show)


Intel Xeon E3-1220 V2 Processor (Click to show)
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Rosewill FORTRESS 550W Power Supply (Click to show)
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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 60GB SSD Boot Drives (Click to show)






Hitachi HGST Desktsart NAS 6TB (Click to show)
Wright Line (Eaton) 45U Four Post Rack--NOT USED (Click to show)
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Syba SY-MRA25023 2.5 (Click to show)






Tripp Lite S506-18N SFF-8087 Cable (Click to show)




Norco 3x120mm Fan Bar (Click to show)
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Delta AFB1212GHE-CF00 120mm Fan--NOT USED (Click to show)
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Norco C-P1T7 1-to-7 SATA Extension (Click to show)
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Crucial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan (RAM)--NOT USED (Click to show)
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Norco RL-26 Slide Ball Bearing Rails (Click to show)

Build Progress (Click to show)
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Configuration (Click to show)



Videos
This section will contain High Quality videos of each component, as well as build progress. These videos are embedded, which is handy for those who don't want to go to Youtube to watch each video. smile.gif
Norco RPC-4224 Server Chassis (Click to show)
ASUS P8B-E4/L Motherboard (Click to show)
Intel Xeon E3-1220 V2 Processor (Click to show)
Kingston KVR1333D3E9/4G RAM (Click to show)
LSI SAS MegaRAID 9621-8i Raid Controller (Click to show)
HP SAS Expander (Click to show)
Rosewill FORTRESS 550W Power Supply (Click to show)
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 60GB SSD Boot Drives (Click to show)
Storage HDDs (Click to show)
Wright Line (Eaton) 45U Four Post Rack (Click to show)
Syba SY-MRA25023 2.5 (Click to show)
Tripp Lite S506-18N SFF-8087 Cable (Click to show)
Norco 3x120mm Fan Bar (Click to show)
Delta AFB1212GHE-CF00 120mm Fan (Click to show)
Norco C-P1T7 1-to-7 SATA Extension (Click to show)
Scythe Grand Kama CPU Cooler (Click to show)
Crucial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan (RAM) (Click to show)
Norco RL-26 Slide Ball Bearing Rails (Click to show)

Progress Videos (Click to show)

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Reserved.
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What's the purpose of the SAN? Personal use or...?
    
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What's the purpose of the SAN? Personal use or...?

This is for personal use. I have a Windows Active Directory domain built out here at home, with several things going on. It is also used as a home lab/learning environment.
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This is for personal use. I have a Windows Active Directory domain built out here at home, with several things going on. It is also used as a home lab/learning environment.

Awesome. I haven't jumped into an AD environment at home, mostly because all my experience is from work.

I look forward to your updates.
    
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Thanks guys. I'm really looking forward to getting this all up and going, but it's going to take some time and work. I just shot two videos of my rack out in the garage; gonna check them out and see if they are any good. If so, I will upload it and link it above. Plan to do this with all components I get, as well as a build vlog. Gonna be fun!
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I am very interested. I have played with SAN's at work but haven't thought to use it in a consumer setting due to cost.
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