Formerly My WHSv1 Media server named Leviathan.
The WHS server was a test of WHS's Drive Extender. Previously I was hosting my media off of a windows 2008r2 box with 16 2TB Samsung F4's in raid 6.
I wanted a greener alternative to having to spin 16 drives 24x7 just to watch a movie or access a single file. in my house there is almost always someone on the media server.
Besides greener, I wanted simple, set and forget. I work in an enterprise high stress server environment. The last thing I want to do when I come home is work on my own network.
WHS was my first step to testing that. It was not a total failure, it did what it was supposed to do. It served up my files and was a no brainer, anyone in the house could use it.
I just did not like the way it handled file duplication and god awful network performance. Copying files to and from it made me want to pull my hair out it was so slow.
My next step was to be WHS2011 and Flexraid. I thought I'd get the performance boost of 2K8 and the pooling of Flexraid. Well the flexraid site was down for over a week at time of building. forget that.
I went to step 3 bypassing step 2. unRAID.
after weeks of trolling the forums and playing with the free version, I feel am ready to buy my key and go into pre-production. I recycled most of my WHSv1 box. Moving it to a norco RPC-4224 The downside to this is I am limited in the number of Hard Drives I can use on this motherboard.
I know it will be short term before the next upgrade. This gives me time to decide if unraid is truly my savior and I buy a motherboard for unraid specs or i need to look down another road with a different hardware option.
Right now, I feel pretty positive about this step, enough so that ill be putting my data on it. I really wish there was some option, say a 30day trail of one of the Purchase versions of unraid so I can get a full hands on experience of it can offer.
But, I understand the route they took. I'm just used to the enterprise. you don't buy it unless you're satisfied.
My network consists of several 2008r2 boxes, several with raid 5 arrays. An ESXi box, 2 WHSv1 boxes for PC backups and office type files and photo backups, a WHS2011 box for additional PC Backups and remote access.Goliath OS at time of building:
5.0-beta6a Pro License (I live on the edge.)
Intel Atom D510. Built into motherboard.Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core
$100 at microcenterMotherboard:
SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-HF-O Mini ITX Intel Atom D510 processor Server MotherboardSUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C204 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard
$108 open box from New egg (motherboard was still factory sealed, only the manual missing, go figure)RAM:
4 Gigs of used DDR2 Samsung memory from trash at work (pulled from Thinkpad or Mac?). 2x2Gig sticks, motherboard MaxKingston 2x 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Server Memory Model KVR1333D3E9SK2/8G
Board max is 32Gig
16Gib (Added 8 more that i pulled out of Atlas when it was upgraded. This is overkill)Case: Norco RPC-4224Drive Cage(s):
24 built in.Power Supply:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Sale: $119.99 W/ Free shipping.Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS):APC 1300VA Power Saving Green Back-UPS XS - with LCD Display
$109.99 w/ free shippingSATA Expansion Card(s):
2 X SUPERMICRO AOC-SASLP-MV8
1 x IBM M1015 (LSI 9220-8i) Flashed with IT firmware $75 off Ebay
Removed from server but is a good replacement for the SASLP-MV8Cables:
4 x NORCO C-SFF8087-D SFF-8087 to SFF-8087 Internal Multilane SAS Cable
Im only using 2 for now.
2 x NORCO C-SFF8087-4S Discrete to SFF-8087 (Reverse breakout) Cable
2 x NORCO C-P1T7 4Pin Molex 1 Male to 7 Female Power Extension Splitter
2 x Monoprice SFF-8087 1M cable (the norco one was to short for the M1015)Fans:
6 x ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan
(These are not fully tested for adequate cooling.)
(these proved a failure in the long run. drives got a bit toasty)
Running stock fans in mid fan plate. (new 120's on order.)
Server is almost totally Silent, I can't tell if it is on or off
3x120mm Fan bracket ($20ish shipped)
3x "pressure optimized" Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm fans I picked up for $15 each plus $5 shipping for all 3.
2x ARCTIC COOLING ACF8 Pro Pro PWM 80mm Case Fans back on the rear.Parity Drive:
Still testing, 2TB Samsung F4 for now.
It is the coolest and second fastest green drive I have.
My Seagate 5900's are faster but run a lot hotter.
since the Parity drive is almost always running,
I wanted to try cooler over heater.
Hitachi 3TB green Drive
3TB moved to ESXi
Seagate LP 2TBData Drives:
7 Hitachi 3TB green Drives
moved to ESXi box
11x 2TB drives Mix of WD EARS, Seagate 5900's, Hitachi's and Samsung F4's (All LP drives)
5x 1.5TB Samsung F2's (LP
upgrading those to 2TB (or 3TB if possible at that time) when I need more space.Cache Drive:
WD 500GB 7200 RPM.Preclear Bays:
Two (unless they up the drive limit) Total Drive Capacity:29.5TB Usable
(it went down in size. I do have more drives i can put into this box sitting in storage)Primary Use:
Media Hosting for 4 XBMC boxes.
Xbox 360 ISO storage.
Backup of my PC Backups (copy my WHS back ups here)
Backups of Ghost images from ghostcast server
Long term storage of older seldom used files.
Possible Back up of raid arrays.
(I might build a second unraid for the last 3 plus backup of media from this server)Likes:
Lots of storage!
Single drive pool
Server is almost totally Silent, I can't tell if it is on or off.Dislikes:
burn in takes forever
I need 2
Not sure yet. I'll keep you posted.Add Ons Used:
Mail and SSMTP
unRAID Status Alert
Monthly Parity Check
unRAID Power-Down on disk overtemp
Screen Future Plans:
Upgrading to a
SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O Sandybridge with I3 Sandybridge
or Xeon (if i run VM's) CPU
If that board will not support unRAID, then the X8 with a I3
I am not in a rush so I'll shop the sales.
Possibly An SSD for Cache drive.
Depends on sales and 7200 RPM drive performance.Boot (peak):Idle (avg):Active (avg):Light use (avg):New Configuration:
I should have taken the pictures AFTER I blew the case out with compressed air.. not Before... i definitely am pulling gunk into the server through the drive bays.The fan just sitting on my MV8's
It has not moved yet. it has dropped the temps way down.
If yours vibrates or moves, you could zip tie it to the cards.My foam insulation and new fansOld Configuration:Copy Speeds with Current setup:
This will be a work in progress. I am sure I'll be updating this post as I change things about.