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Got 8 of those in a RAID 6 array for my backup server for over a year now. DoA failure rate was about 50% though. I blame the poor packaging and shipping by Newegg and UPS more than the quality of the drive. Some were physically damaged and some failed within hours. The drives that were not damaged due to shipping/packaging are going strong.

Wow that's crazy. I physically went to a store and bought mine (not that it matters really because at some point the drives were on a moving vehicle...)
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How were you trying to reach the server / PCs? Using the DNS name or by the IP address? Were the IPs statically assigned or by DHCP?

I have 3 servers connected in this fashion using Infiniband 10GbE cards and it works fine. The 2 ports on Server 1 are connected to one port on Server 2 and Server 3. Each port was statically assigned an IP address and they accessed each other using the IP addresses.

If I have to shut down Server 1 for some reason, Server 2 and 3 would lose connectivity since there was no link between them. But as soon as Server 1 came up, connectivity on all 3 servers are restored.

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Oh no some more to learn.. I am not sure how they were assigned.. but i see below what I had that caused problems and when I started using the 1gb switch all problems went away.

The drawing below did not work


This also did not work



This works



when I say did not work I mean it was not dependable. If the server or one of the PC's was shut down sometimes it would reconnect but most of the time it would not. the server was running WHS 2011 and the PC's Win 7 64 bit ultimate

After checking this further, I forgot to mention I have Routing and Remote Access (RRAS) installed on the server. So you need to set that up if you want the PCs to be able to talk with each and not just the server itself. I don't think Windows Server 2012 Essentials has RRAS so you might need to get the Standard version for RRAS. You can also route internet and normal LAN through the 10GbE interfaces from the server to the PCs and avoid running additional cables for that as well.
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After checking this further, I forgot to mention I have Routing and Remote Access (RRAS) installed on the server. So you need to set that up if you want the PCs to be able to talk with each and not just the server itself. I don't think Windows Server 2012 Essentials has RRAS so you might need to get the Standard version for RRAS. You can also route internet and normal LAN through the 10GbE interfaces from the server to the PCs and avoid running additional cables for that as well.

2012 Essentials supports RRAS. But you don't need it because the PCs talk to the server using their 10GbE interface, and then talk to each other using their 1GbE interface, connected to an Ethernet switch as normal. Different IP addressing will be required (for example, 10GbE on 192.168.1.0 and 1GbE on 192.168.100.0), but routing is not required. This requires two cables per PC though.

Example of IP configuration:

=Server=
NIC 1 (10GbE) - IP address static 192.168.1.1, mask 255.255.255.0, NO default route
NIC 2 (1GbE) [on 1GbE switch] - IP address static 192.168.100.1, mask 255.255.255.0, default route of your internet gateway (e.g. 192.168.100.254)

=Client=
NIC 1 (10GbE) [on-link to server port] - IP address static 192.168.1.2, mask 255.255.255.0, NO default route
NIC 2 (1GbE) [on 1GbE switch] - IP address DHCP (DHCP from internet gateway or other DHCP server on subnet)
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2012 Essentials supports RRAS. But you don't need it because the PCs talk to the server using their 10GbE interface, and then talk to eachother using their 1GbE interface, connected to a switch as normal. Different IP addressing will be required, but routing is not required.

I was saying if he wants the PCs to speak with each other through the 10GbE interfaces and eliminate the 1GbE interfaces all together.
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I was saying if he wants the PCs to speak with each other through the 10GbE interfaces and eliminate the 1GbE interfaces all together.

Right, yes - bold text blinds me wink.gif
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Right, yes - bold text blinds me wink.gif

Lol, fixed.
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Here are the instruction on how to setup RRAS on Windows Server 2012. Feel free to correct me if this is wrong but this is what I did to set up RRAS. thumb.gif

Instructions on configuring RRAS to do LAN routing and NAT (Click to show)
Server 1:
10GbE #1 - 192.168.101.1 / 255.255.255.0
10GbE #2 - 192.168.102.1 / 255.255.255.0
ETH #1 (Internet) - whatever your LAN IP is

PC 1:
10GbE #1 -
IP: 192.168.101.2
Subnet: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.101.1
DNS: add your preferred DNS servers

PC 2:
10GbE #1 -
IP: 192.168.102.2
Subnet: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.102.1
DNS: add your preferred DNS servers

1. Install the Remote Access role.
2. Exit the Getting Started Wizard (if prompted)
3. Open "Routing and Remote Access" from Server Manager -> Tools.
4. Right click the server and press "Configure and Enable Routing and Remote Access".
5. Choose option "Custom configuration" and press Next
6. Choose "LAN routing" and press Next
7. Press Finish
8. Press "Start Service" on popup window
9. Expand server and go to IPv4 -> General.
10. Make sure 10GbE interfaces and Ethernet interface are listed (i.e 10GbE #1, 10GbE #2, and ETH #1). Remove any others.
11. Right click General under IPv4 and select "New Routing Protocol".
12. Right click NAT under IPv4 and select "New Interface".
13. Select 1st 10GbE inferface and press OK.
14. Choose "Private interface connected to private network" and press OK.
15: Repeat steps 12-14 for 2nd 10GbE interface.
15: Repeat steps 12-14 for Ethernet interface but choose "Public interface connected to the Internet" then "Enable NAT on this interface". Press OK.

If you followed the above steps, the server and PCs can talk to each other and the Internet/LAN through the 10GbE interfaces.

Edited by jibesh - 6/27/13 at 6:52pm
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