i had a glimpse at awesomeness today !!!
i managed to boot unraid as guest inside my esxi host, and was able to access all disks and shares ... woohooo !!!
but then ...
well, there were a couple of hiccups along the way
- the first couple of times i tried, i had a red dot drive .. it was the drive connected to one of the chenbro ports via a sata fanout cable. in the end, i had a norco reverse breakout cable which wouldnt work, but fortunately i also had this forward breakout cable
i could use. when i plugged it in, voila ! all drives available, i was able to start the array !!!
- as i was hauling the norco 4220 case around, i managed to unhinge the power connector of my power supply (corsair hx850). Although it worked, i declared it dead. since i had a corsair ax850 for the other das, i went about plugging it in. this is when i found out there aren't enough molex connector to power 5 backplanes, fanplate fan connector AND the chenbro. bad luck man ! i've already ordered this sata to molex adapter
to power the chenbro.
some other notes
- i've never seen unraid boot so fast ... it was awesome (i used johnm method, option 2, derived from briangp original method
). it was easy to create a 2gb unraid vdmk with
vmkfstools -c 2147483648 -a lsilogic -d thin unraid-50rc5.vmdk
, copy your chosen unraid version, make_bootable and then offer it to the unraid guest, to boot off of it.
- i found out a supermicro aoc saslp-mv8 doesnt work with solaris 11, so im off to buy another m1015 ... i will end up with 3 of them
a couple of pics of my ghetto rack and some of the gear (sorry for the crap iphone pics)GHETTO RACK
top row : motorola surfboard / hp procurve 1410-24G switch / Linksys WRT54GL router+wifi with tomato firmware / generic 14" monitor
2nd row : dell pentium III 500mhz pfsense firewall / skynet / harmony one charger / cyberpower CP1350AVRLCD ups
3rd row : set aside for wopr (das #2)
4th row : hal (das #1)
the dell was the first machine i purchased (1999) and has been so resilient, that i'll run it til the very end
i'm not done with cable management, but it was just too much for this round, will do something about it next timeskynet (head)
the sff8088 cables are coming out the watercooler holes in the case
in that pic i still had the saslp-mv8hal (das #1)
the chenbro performing like da man !