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Thanks. I have the HP SSA GUI installed, not the CLI. I'm assuming it has the functionality, someone please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm running Server 2012 R2.

I'm guessing expanding the array won't involve losing any data already on it?

Yeah, the hpssacli is the linux command line utility. As far as I know doing a resize won't lose data, but it's best to have a backup regardless. Is the server under support? Give HP a quick email and ask their advice.
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Anyone know if you can add drives to an existing RAID5 array with HP Smart Array controllers? The Smart Array P440 to be specific. I'd like to expand from 5 drives to 8.

Sorry for the basic question!

Yes you can and it's quite easy, the help HP Provided with the SSA is quite well made and should guide you well, I found also many users giving step by step instructions on how to do it on the HP forums, I did it twice now on my DL360 & DL380 G7 with Smart Array P420 Controllers and once on my DL380 G7 with a P812 controller hooked to a StorageWorks MSA60. Its quite easy and straightforward.
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Couple upgrades. Have a new cpu in the file server, Xeon E3 1241 V3. Handles Plex transcode much better then the little pentium did. Overkill for everything else. Also go a new Noctua cooler to replace the gigantic Silver Arow coller i had put on after the stock fan started making noises. I think this will work better for my plans to go in a rack case later. Should be able to just drop it in as is.
 
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Took me longer then it should have to find the RAM.
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Couple upgrades. Have a new cpu in the file server, Xeon E3 1241 V3.
Good single cpu choice, paired with a nice motherboard. I have a E3-1230 v3 in my current desktop and it handles everything I throw at it. Definitely overkill for a file server... Well done !thumb.gif

I also upgraded my already recently upgraded server (see post 3410)... While looking for a second opteron 6276 to complete my 2P system, I found out in another thread that very good deals could be had on E5-2670 v1 cpus. I also realised that 2x E5-2670v1 where actually 2 times faster than 2x 6276, while using quite a bit less power. So I took the plunge and bought 2 xeons / heatsinks plus a dual LGA2011 motherboard. The main board is the big chunk in the budget, costing nearly 3 times what I bought the 2 cpus for. I confort myself by thinking that at least I sold my nic card and previous motherboard for a good price, and the removal of the pcie card saved me 20 watts.

Motherboard is a Supermicro X9DRI-LNF4+, I choose this one because it is in the compatibility list of my case, and I'm quite happy with the layout. You can clearly tell than Supermicro put a lot of thinking in their boards layout to ensure good airflow.



Nows come the hardest part : allocating thoses 16 new cores to my VMs ! smile.gif
Edited by OliG - 3/7/16 at 5:12pm
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Good single cpu choice, paired with a nice motherboard. I have a E3-1230 v3 in my current desktop and it handles everything I throw at it. Definitely overkill for a file server... Well done !thumb.gif

I also upgraded my already recently upgraded server (see post 3410)... While looking for a second opteron 6276 to complete my 2P system, I found out in another thread that very good deals could be had on E5-2670 v1 cpus. I also realised that 2x E5-2670v1 where actually 2 times faster than 2x 6276, while using quite a bit less power. So I took the plunge and bought 2 xeons / heatsinks plus a dual LGA2011 motherboard. The main board is the big chunk in the budget, costing nearly 3 times what I bought the 2 cpus for. I confort myself by thinking that at least I sold my nic card and previous motherboard for a good price, and the removal of the pcie card saved me 20 watts.

Motherboard is a Supermicro X9DRI-LNF4+, I choose this one because it is in the compatibility list of my case, and I'm quite happy with the layout. You can clearly tell than Supermicro put a lot of thinking in their boards layout to ensure good airflow.



Nows come the hardest part : allocating thoses 16 new cores to my VMs ! smile.gif

Thanks. Wanting a modern dual CPU machine to play with. I have a dual chip Dell 2900, but it's just used as a game server.

The Pentium G3260 I had before did a fine job, up until more then one 1080 stream was running and transcoding on the fly. Now I use about 20-30% cpu in the same situation. biggrin.gif
 
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Couple upgrades. Have a new cpu in the file server, Xeon E3 1241 V3. Handles Plex transcode much better then the little pentium did. Overkill for everything else. Also go a new Noctua cooler to replace the gigantic Silver Arow coller i had put on after the stock fan started making noises. I think this will work better for my plans to go in a rack case later. Should be able to just drop it in as is.

I have CX430M's in both of my home built servers. They work great, reliable company, and not very expensive.
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I have CX430M's in both of my home built servers. They work great, reliable company, and not very expensive.

I have never had an issue with one. Would not use it in a heavy load application. But for this kind of machine they seem like a really good option.
 
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Couple upgrades. Have a new cpu in the file server, Xeon E3 1241 V3. Handles Plex transcode much better then the little pentium did. Overkill for everything else. Also go a new Noctua cooler to replace the gigantic Silver Arow coller i had put on after the stock fan started making noises. I think this will work better for my plans to go in a rack case later. Should be able to just drop it in as is.

Nice Board and CPU combo I have a 1230v2 and its awesome for Transcoding and Hyper-V.
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Isn't the rear fan and CPU can competing with each other? Wouldn't it make more sense to reverse the CPU fan? I see this often on a lot of builds but it doesn't make overall sense to me.


"Pulling" the heat off the CPU that flows directly into the flow path of the rear is more logical. The front intake fans would be sending air over the motherboard anyway.
Edited by TheBloodEagle - 3/16/16 at 12:50am
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