[Build Log] Terrorbyte V2

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Sean Webster, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. Sean Webster

    Sean Webster Guest

    My little Terrorbyte server started off as an innocent offspring of my mind in the physical form of this. However, as time progressed and tech got faster and cheaper...and I became more devious, my plans expanded and thus, my simple home server has developed into...

    This, the build thread for Terrorbyte V2!

    As I progress in building and configuring up my server I'll be posting pics and info that may or may not be helpful or entertaining. Feel free to ask any questions, throw me suggestions, or just sit there quietly like a ninja ghost and stalk me like 90% of the internet does. :p

    Main goals/uses
    Experimentation and learning
    TONs of VMs....ok maybe like 10-15 at a time
    Lots of storage ~ 40-60TB in RAID 0,1,5, and 6 arrays
    Run all my tasks without a hiccup...backups, AD Controller, FTP, Game server, etc



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    Updates
    Update 1: Got my LSI 9261-8i
    Update 2: Finally got my SAS cables, got back a RMA'd SSD for the OS, and set up the system...IT'S ALIVE!
    Update 3: RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and 50 benches with 6 2TB drives
    Update 4: Crazy Network and transfer speeds. 0_o



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    Currently the setup is as follows...

    Main box
    Chassis: Dell Poweredge C1100 (2 L5520 CPUs w/72GB RAM) -> Bought for $435 -> Got it
    RAID card: LSI 9261-8i RAID card with BBU -> Bought for $200 -> Got it

    OS
    Host -> Server 2012 Datacenter

    Storage box
    Chassis: Norco RPC-4224 - Bought for $350 -> Got it
    SAS expander: Intel RES2CV240 -> $300 -> Got it
    PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 -> Bought for $60 -> Got it

    Misc:
    Cables: 6x 1 Meter SAS Cable SFF-8087 to SFF-8087 -> Bought for $60 -> Got them

    Current HDD configs
    No RAID -> 60GB Kingston V300 for OS (Norco Chassis)
    No RAID -> 80GB WD for OS backup (Dell Chassis)
    No RAID -> 480GB SanDisk Extreme 2 for VMs (Norco Chassis)
    No RAID -> 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 for server data backup (Dell Chassis)
    RAID 0 -> 2x 1TB Samsung F3 drives for downloads and fast access data (Norco Chassis)
    RAID 6 -> 6x 2TB for movies and backup (2x 2TB Samsung Spinpoint F4, 2x 2TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000, 2x 2TB WD Red) (Norco Chassis)

    Drives I need
    RAID 6 -> 12x 4-5TB drives for mass media storage and client backups...will ever be expanding

    Network
    Some sort of managed switch



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    Got the Dell Poweredge C1100 all hooked up for some testing. :)

    This thing is awesome, I can't believe I actually have something with so much RAM and threads. Previously i thought the 32GB of RAM in my desktop was a lot, now it seems so miniscule. lol It is crazy how they are able to pack so much in to such little space with this server. The size definitely took me by surprise when I first opened the package and took it out, it is so big, yet so thin.
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    DAT RAM O___O
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    Pretty good score, wish I could OC this thing now lol
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    Man, the other day was crazy. First off I want to give some info on the Dell C1100 I got.

    1. I turned it off and it wouldn't turn back on...I was like wut. 0__o So I tried doing a few things to boot it up, check all the connections and cleared CMOS. Finally it booted, but then I setup the BIOS and it didn't boot again. It just powered up for a second then powered down, literally on/off. So, I googled around and found this: Dell C1100: How to update BIOS and BMC to the latest version. - Cloud - Forum - Cloud - Dell Community

    Updated everything. Reconfigured the BIOS and it worked. :D

    Now however, with the newest BIOS the fans are louder at idle and it warms up my already warm room here in South Florida. :(

    So far I really like it, it is going to be sweet when it is all set up and configured how I like.

    Here are some moar pix:
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    2. Found that a hard drive caddy latch was broken. :sad-smile

    Good news is that I am getting a new non broken one next week, that ebay seller is awesome. :D


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    3. Got the Norco RPC-4224 today. It is pretty heavy without anything in it, about the weight of my current home server filled. :D

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    4. I'm trying to figure out where i can put this stuff in my house lol. I want to shove it in the kitchen in the pantry where the clothes washers are, but me mumzy ain't gonna have it. :mad: So I need to either deal with the noise and heat or sneak it in there one night and route network cables around the house.

    5. The two SAS expanders and the LSI RAID card are shipped and should be here next week, I may get something saturday.



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    Got my SAS expanders! Once I get my RAID card and SAS cables I'll start doing some experimenting before I move all my data over. So far all I can say is that they look sweet!

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  2. Sean Webster

    Sean Webster Guest

    Got my LSI 9261-8i! :D

    All I have left to wait for is my SAS cables to arrive and we will be up and running. Oh, and I need to backup my current server somehow....:doh:


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  3. renosablast

    renosablast Guest

    As far as putting the rig in the pantry where the laundry equipment is, don't forget that clothes dryers create LOTS of humidity -- not a good environment for electronics.
     
  4. Sean Webster

    Sean Webster Guest

    yea I know, I was going to put two air vents up there, but my mom really isn't letting me touch her kitchen. lol

    At the moment I am going to just have it in my closet, I just hope having the closet doors closed will drown out most of the noise i makes.
     
  5. Sean Webster

    Sean Webster Guest

    "OMG, it's a miracle! I actually have them!" The words I stated after my SAS cables arrived! They came Saturday. I thought they were lost forever after the person who revived them said they put them by the mailbox and they thought the trash men or someone took them. I was so relieved.

    1 meter is just long enough for me to route one cable to a back plane and one to a SAS expander. So now I can sell off one of my expanders I don't need. :D

    Also, I had a scary moment yesterday. Basically I was powering the norco case and stuff with extra cables hanging out of my current server lol...Here is a jist of a chat I had with a buddy about it.

    It was a close call the scared the hell out of me...lesson learned, don't mess with PSUs when powered on.



    Alrighty, next up, I got the server up and running today! Everything is almost complete. :D

    HDDs from the old server
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    SAS cables installed
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    Molex cables hooked up to 5/6 planes
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    PSU in the case
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    LSI 9261-8i installed, only need one cable hooked up atm.
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    Stopping the RAID card from touching the top panel and shorting out with a piece of paper.
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    So I didn't even think about this until I got building. I took some SATA cables (added another after I took the pic) and routed them into the case.
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    Almost done
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    Remember the SATA cables sticking out? Well now I can have have 2 SSDs hooked up nicely. My V300 for OS...I think 55GB (partitioned space) is enough based on the usage from my last set up. And my sexy 480GB SanDisk Extreme 2!

    Kingston RMA is awesome! The V300 is actually an RMA drive i received Monday after RMAing a old V100 I got off a friend free because he broke the SATA power and data connectors.
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    All the types of drives in my soon to be RAID 6: 2 WD Reds, 2 Samsung F4s. and 2 Hitiachi Deskstars
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    Done!
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    Finally, it is up and running! I was actually able to import my RAID 5 array from the PERC 5/i! How awesome is that? :D Sadly, I'm going to tear that RAID 5 array down and do some benches with RAID 0 and 6. Then I will copy my data back over with them set as RAID 6.
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    Proof I was able to import the array fine:
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    Now I have to install the OS on the SSD. Configure my system. Move everything into my dad's room. And I should be good to go!

    Benches will be coming soon!
     
  6. Sean Webster

    Sean Webster Guest

    Benches:

    HDTune:
    Test block size set to 8MB

    RAID settings:
    1MB stripe with all benches

    For write through settings:
    Read Policy: Always Read Ahead
    Write Policy: Write Though
    IO Policy: Cached IO
    Access Policy: Read Write
    Disk Cache Policy: Enabled

    For Write back settings:
    Read Policy: Always Read Ahead
    Write Policy: Write Back
    IO Policy: Cached IO
    Access Policy: Read Write
    Disk Cache Policy: Enabled



    6 2TB drives in RAID 0
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    6 2TB drives in RAID 1
    RAID 1 Write Through Cache Read
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    6 2TB drives in RAID 5
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    6 2TB drives in RAID 6
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    6 2TB drives in RAID 10
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    6 2TB drives in RAID 50
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  7. Sean Webster

    Sean Webster Guest

    Anyone have any insight on this?

    How odd is this? I only have 1Gb/s ports...

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    Also, I thought I only had SATA 3Gb/s, not SATA 6Gb/s. 0_o

    Writing 150GB of movies from RAID 6 array to the SanDisk Exteme 2.

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