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    Project: Rackmount Overkill

    I've recently (thanks to Ben333) found the niche that I love: Servers. He has been bugging me about this Dell PowerEdge he has and while I really wanted it, I didn't want to go through the hassle of getting it and getting it setup. But, the pictures got to me, I wanted the server badly, there was no way I couldn't get it without it bothering me, the price was too good. Once I knew the server was coming, I started looking at racks and everything that I can put in one. All my switches are rack mountable and UPS's will either be rack mounted (I'll have to pick them up) or I'll sit them on a shelf in the rack.

    That is just the beginning. This will be a log that is updated when anything changes. I'm not sure how often the updates will be, but there is going to be a ton.

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    This post updated on February 21, 2014

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    Equipment list:

    • Dell PowerConnect 5224
    • Brocade 200e Fiber Switch
    • Rackable Systems Omnistor SAS expander
    • Dell PowerEdge R710 "Lucid"
    • Dell PowerEdge R710 "AWK"
    • 2x 1kw Dell UPS

    Retired equipment:

    • Two Custom Yonah servers (Retired 1/28/2012)
    • Two Compaq DL360 servers (Retired 02/11/2012)
    • Dell Poweredge 2550 (Retired 02/11/2012)
    • Sencore P3 server (Retired 02/11/2012)
    • 2x IBM x3650
    • Compaq R3000 UPS (dead batteries, untested)
    • 2x Dell PowerEdge 2650
    • Custom built file server



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    Current detailed equipment list:


    Dell Poweredge R710 - "AWK"
    --CPU: 2x E5645 2.4 GHz 6 core
    --RAM: 288 GB
    --HDD: 8x 300 GB 10k Savvio SAS
    --RAID: H700
    --OS: XenServer

    Dell Poweredge R710 - "Lucid"
    --CPU: 2x E5645 2.4 GHz 6 core
    --RAM: 128 GB
    --HDD: 8x 300 GB 10k Savvio SAS, 6x 3 TB WD Red, 9x 2 TB Hitachi
    ----Expander: Rackables OmniStor
    --RAID: H700, IBM M1015
    --OS: XenServer

    Switch:
    --Dell PowerConnect 5224

    UPS:
    --2x 1kw Dell UPS



    Retired hardware:
    Spoiler:

    Dell PowerEdge 2650 (Icinga/Database server) - "Perl"
    --CPU: 2x 2.4 GHz Pentium 4
    --RAM: 6 gb
    --HDD: 4x 76 gb 10k SCSI in RAID 10
    --OS: CentOS 6.0

    Dell PowerEdge 2650 - "Java"
    --CPU 2x 2.2 GHz Pentium 4
    --RAM: 6 gb
    --HDD: 5x 36 gb 10k SCSI in RAID 5
    --OS: CentOS 6.0

    File server - "Ruby"
    --CPU: 2x AMD Opteron 6134 Magny-Cours 2.3GHz Socket G34
    --MB: ASUS KGPE-D16
    --MEM: 256 gb Samsung
    --HDD:
    ------3x 30 gb Seagate Cheetah 10K SAS
    ------9x 2 tb Hitachi
    ------7x 1 tb Hitachi
    --Raid controller: Intel SRCSASBB8I (Actually a LSI 8708EM2)
    --PSU: Corsair HX620
    --Case: Norco 4020
    --OS: CentOS 6.0

    IBM x3650 - "Fortran"
    --CPU: 2x Xeon 5430
    --RAM: 8gb
    --HDD: 4x 73gb 10k RPM SAS
    --PSU: 2x 850w hot swap

    IBM x3650 - "Cobol"
    --CPU: 2x Xeon 5430
    --RAM: 8gb
    --HDD: 4x 73gb 10k RPM SAS
    --PSU: 2x 850w hot swap

    UPS:
    --Compaq R3000
    --3u design
    Last edited by thideras; 02-22-14 at 12:02 AM.
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    VM Server 2: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM |
    8x 300 GB Savvio | XenServer
    Router: Dell R410 | E5620 | 32 GB RAM | 3x 300 GB | pfsense
    "That's not overkill, or a lot. That's just thiderastic." -txus.palacios
    "Clouds are silent, cold, and wet. Servers are none of these things." -Bobnova

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    Table of contents
    Updated September 26, 2013 (Page 77)

    Pictures:

    Servers in the rack, with cabling (Posted April 24, 2013)
    Desktop with laptop wired up (Posted August 15, 2013)

    Servers:

    Dell Poweredge R710 (AWK):



    Dell Poweredge R710 (Lucid):



    Dell Poweredge R510 (SED):



    File server



    Compaq DL360



    Dell PowerEdge 2550



    7u Unbranded (Sencore TSS3030)


    Dell PowerEdge 2650


    Dual socket Yonah servers


    IBM x3650


    Norco 470






    Switches/routers/firewalls:

    Firewall/router


    Dell PowerConnect 5224


    Brocade 4 GB fiber switch




    Power management:

    Compaq R3000



    RAID controllers/hard drives:

    Perc 5/i


    LSI 8708EM2 and SAS expander



    Hard drives


    Rackables OmniStor






    Operating systems/File systems/Programs/Scripts/Virtual Machines/Software



    Server racks

    Problems


    Planning


    Good information from others

    Last edited by thideras; 09-26-13 at 09:43 PM.
    Desktop: Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H | 3570k | 32 GB | GTX 770 Classified | 1 TB Samsung Evo & 2 TB HDD | Windows 3.1 | 4x 2560x1400 Monitors
    VM Server 1: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM | 8x 300 GB Savvio | IBM M1015 | 34 TB Raw disk | XenServer
    VM Server 2: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM |
    8x 300 GB Savvio | XenServer
    Router: Dell R410 | E5620 | 32 GB RAM | 3x 300 GB | pfsense
    "That's not overkill, or a lot. That's just thiderastic." -txus.palacios
    "Clouds are silent, cold, and wet. Servers are none of these things." -Bobnova

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    Glad you like it, you have the second best one

    A quad seems kinda overkill for a file server, then again mine has two Opteron 2.0s though hehe. Think a faster CPU would help your smoothwall?

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    Dell server:

    This was picked up off Ben333 (Thanks!) here on OCF. It will be used as a web server and anything else that I can cram into it that will not require fast processors or a ton of storage.

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    Opened shot:







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    Close-up, left side:







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    Last edited by thideras; 05-06-09 at 12:42 PM.
    Desktop: Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H | 3570k | 32 GB | GTX 770 Classified | 1 TB Samsung Evo & 2 TB HDD | Windows 3.1 | 4x 2560x1400 Monitors
    VM Server 1: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM | 8x 300 GB Savvio | IBM M1015 | 34 TB Raw disk | XenServer
    VM Server 2: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM |
    8x 300 GB Savvio | XenServer
    Router: Dell R410 | E5620 | 32 GB RAM | 3x 300 GB | pfsense
    "That's not overkill, or a lot. That's just thiderastic." -txus.palacios
    "Clouds are silent, cold, and wet. Servers are none of these things." -Bobnova

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    File server:








    Last edited by thideras; 05-06-09 at 12:52 PM.
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    VM Server 1: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM | 8x 300 GB Savvio | IBM M1015 | 34 TB Raw disk | XenServer
    VM Server 2: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM |
    8x 300 GB Savvio | XenServer
    Router: Dell R410 | E5620 | 32 GB RAM | 3x 300 GB | pfsense
    "That's not overkill, or a lot. That's just thiderastic." -txus.palacios
    "Clouds are silent, cold, and wet. Servers are none of these things." -Bobnova

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    just fyi your "close up, right side" and "close up, left side" are the same pic.... as well your "opened shot" and "internal shot" are the same...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thideras View Post
    File server:


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    O_O well i guess you did say OVERKILL... right O-o but dammmmm enough harddrives?!

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    Fixed the pictures, not sure what happened there.
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    VM Server 2: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM |
    8x 300 GB Savvio | XenServer
    Router: Dell R410 | E5620 | 32 GB RAM | 3x 300 GB | pfsense
    "That's not overkill, or a lot. That's just thiderastic." -txus.palacios
    "Clouds are silent, cold, and wet. Servers are none of these things." -Bobnova

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanChiarot View Post
    O_O well i guess you did say OVERKILL... right O-o but dammmmm enough harddrives?!
    I'm sure thiddy will agree. There is no such thing as enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albaholic View Post
    I'm sure thiddy will agree. There is no such thing as enough.
    Exactly . If you look at my first post, I link the case I'm going to get for the server.
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    VM Server 2: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM |
    8x 300 GB Savvio | XenServer
    Router: Dell R410 | E5620 | 32 GB RAM | 3x 300 GB | pfsense
    "That's not overkill, or a lot. That's just thiderastic." -txus.palacios
    "Clouds are silent, cold, and wet. Servers are none of these things." -Bobnova

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    Quote Originally Posted by thideras View Post
    Exactly . If you look at my first post, I link the case I'm going to get for the server.
    I was looking at getting one of those once I move to the mainland. Planning any hardware changes other than the case?

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    For the file server? I'd like to add my second Perc 5/i and more drives. Anything else after that, not really.
    Desktop: Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H | 3570k | 32 GB | GTX 770 Classified | 1 TB Samsung Evo & 2 TB HDD | Windows 3.1 | 4x 2560x1400 Monitors
    VM Server 1: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM | 8x 300 GB Savvio | IBM M1015 | 34 TB Raw disk | XenServer
    VM Server 2: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM |
    8x 300 GB Savvio | XenServer
    Router: Dell R410 | E5620 | 32 GB RAM | 3x 300 GB | pfsense
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    "Clouds are silent, cold, and wet. Servers are none of these things." -Bobnova

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    Quote Originally Posted by thideras View Post
    For the file server? I'd like to add my second Perc 5/i and more drives. Anything else after that, not really.
    Quite a beast. Any idea how much juice that thing pulls running 24/7?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albaholic View Post
    Quite a beast. Any idea how much juice that thing pulls running 24/7?
    No idea, I'll have to figure that out. The disks will spin down after usage though and I do fold; so it is going to be hard to predict.
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    So you basically just bought it for a case? Or will you be using the stock P3's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aynjell View Post
    So you basically just bought it for a case? Or will you be using the stock P3's?
    I am and will be using the hardware in it, no need to replace the hardware when it is perfectly capable of its job; that is teach me about webservers and just to have one for fun.
    Desktop: Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H | 3570k | 32 GB | GTX 770 Classified | 1 TB Samsung Evo & 2 TB HDD | Windows 3.1 | 4x 2560x1400 Monitors
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    VM Server 2: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM |
    8x 300 GB Savvio | XenServer
    Router: Dell R410 | E5620 | 32 GB RAM | 3x 300 GB | pfsense
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    Quote Originally Posted by thideras View Post
    I am and will be using the hardware in it, no need to replace the hardware when it is perfectly capable of its job; that is teach me about webservers and just to have one for fun.
    Sounds like a fun project. Do you really need special hardware like that to make webservers work right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aynjell View Post
    Sounds like a fun project. Do you really need special hardware like that to make webservers work right?
    No, but when the stuff is going for cheap in the classies, im sure its hard to resist

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aynjell View Post
    Sounds like a fun project. Do you really need special hardware like that to make webservers work right?
    Nope, no special hardware needed. The main reason for me not wanting it on my file server (even though it is way more than capable) was to offload "downtime" from that server to this one. My file server is constantly changing. I run a Teamspeak server for a friend on our server and I have to let him know everytime that I need to work on my server. That bothers me. SO, as said below, this was a cheap fix; it allows them to keep using a server and it allows me to work on my own projects while learning about webservers. I also wanted to go linux for the webserver, and that is difficult with an already purchased copy of Windwos 2003; don't want it to just sit there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Albaholic View Post
    No, but when the stuff is going for cheap in the classies, im sure its hard to resist
    Last edited by thideras; 07-16-12 at 07:17 PM.
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    VM Server 1: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM | 8x 300 GB Savvio | IBM M1015 | 34 TB Raw disk | XenServer
    VM Server 2: Dell R710 | 2x L5630 | 96 GB RAM |
    8x 300 GB Savvio | XenServer
    Router: Dell R410 | E5620 | 32 GB RAM | 3x 300 GB | pfsense
    "That's not overkill, or a lot. That's just thiderastic." -txus.palacios
    "Clouds are silent, cold, and wet. Servers are none of these things." -Bobnova

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