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Motherboard: ASUS RS100-E5/PI2
CPU: Q9650 3Ghz
Cooler: Swiftech Apogee LGA775 120mm copper rad
8GB DDR2 PC2-6400 800Mhz unbuffered ECC Memory
16GB Kingston SSD 2.5" (ESXI Hypervisor)
8x 2TB SAS (I don't have any yet)
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Dell Perc 5/i Raid Controller RAID 0/1/5/10 (I have 2)
Freenas or Linux OS
Raid 5 (7+1) around 13-14TB of storage
10TB for File Serving
3-4TB for Virtual Machines
PSU: To be determined

I'm just looking to replace my old File Server @ 3.5~TB (2-2TB sata spanned)
I want to run a hypervisor for virtual machines, so vmware ESXI 5.5 probably, I don't know if 6.5 would work.

  • What should I ideally run for NAS?
  • Does the Dell Perc 5/i do raid spanning? Does it do it for Raid 5 also?
  • Does the 2xBroadcom® BCM5721 PCI-E GbE LAN support link aggregation? Or is it nic teaming, the one that gets higher than 1 gigabit transfer?

Edited by Death Dealer - 4/5/17 at 6:54pm
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In your case why not run UnRAID? It will take care of a lot of the things you want to do, you just need to set the RAID cards in HBA mode.

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I only plan on running 1 raid card and 1 card for spare if original fails. But I'm hearing that with 8 drives on 1 controller they get HOT, like I should look into heavy duty cooling for this Raid card.

With Unraid would you be able to span 2 raid controllers?
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If you want to use RAID controllers then you're best off not using UnRAID as UnRAID has its own form of RAID that is incompatible with RAID cards.

 

UnRAID allows the creation of a RAID 6 array that is extremely flexible. You can mix and match drive sizes and speeds without impacting the array itself as long as the parity drives are equal to the largest drive you have. UnRAID like FreeNAS will manage the RAID array itself and RAID cards will cause a lot of unnecessary problems so they are best avoided. If you wish to use RAID cards UnRAID is not a good choice but if you don't have the cards and you intend to buy them or want flexibility you should check to see if the cards can be flashed to HBA mode so that any RAID software (FreeNAS, UnRAID, Windows, Linux, etc.) can see the drives rather than a JBOD array.


Edited by Liranan - 4/5/17 at 9:33pm
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@OP

The last RAID card I know which had RAID spanning was a HighPoint Technologies card from years ago. Modern RAID cards no longer offer this feature, it would seem. I suppose the sentiment is that if you really need to hook up that many drives, use a SAS expander.

Furthermore, as Liraran says, UnRAID has its own RAID implementation (which is file-level, not block-level like traditional RAID) and would therefore need your storage controller to be in a "plain Jane" HBA mode so that all of the drives are exposed to the OS. The PERC 5/i, PERC 6/i and later members of that line do not support that mode of operation - for that, you're looking at something like a Dell SAS 6/iR or IBM M1015. Bear in mind though that those two cards do not support drives larger than 2TiB in capacity.

Something like an LSI 9211-8i is more modern and does not have this limitation.
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Personally I like SnapRAID and use it with Windows due to it having a GUI so even in my case an LSI 9211-8i is ideal as it can be put into HBA mode and supports a very large number of drives (256).

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To your question about the NIC, Link aggregation (LACP) or teaming don't give you combined total throughput of links. They will provide more bandwidth when multiple user sessions are hitting the same box but one user won't see the combined speed. The only way I know of achieving this is in a Windows environment with SMB3. Depending on how many >1Gbs links you need 10GBe stuff can be bought fairly reasonably off ebay.
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I work with a lot of dell servers, poweredge, they have HD indicator lights on the SAS external bays, they are quite nice for first glance raid health, is this Dell only thing? Or can I get like a LCD readout of raid or hd health?


Should I just get a Server? Remember 8x2TB SAS
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