Tower Baffles getting closer to paint !

Thanks again to Ryan, for all the hard work and CNC time to do these baffles.   Next up to do a light sand and then full paint job. Then to mount to the enclosures.

 

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My tall Towers

Well, just another shot of my tall towers, they sure are getting closer to being done ! Thanks to my Friend Ryan for doing all the CNC work on my baffles.

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UPS time !

Finally got my new “FREE” UPS.. Friend of mine donated a lightly used PERFECT condition HP 3000KV ups. Batteries are in perfect health and unit is perfect. I lopped off the 110V 30A twist lock plug and intalled a 110V 15amp plug and its all working perfectly.

YES you can change plugs, i’m only puling 505watts from this setup, not even close to what the ups can pull, if you arn’t pulling alot of current the you don’t need to worry about the 30amp plug, if you were pulling alot of power then you would need the 30amp twist lock and dedicated power run for the UPS.

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New Aleph Mini’s Chassis.

Well, the Aleph mini’s got a new chassis. I ditched the cube chassis and went with a flat chassis. This is much better, took me several hours to drill & tap the new “L” brackets and heatsinks. You have to do this slowly or you break a drill bit or tap. No need to rush.. LOL !!

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Something new for 2017 !

I think’s me might be finishing a long project 😛 here is a teaser shot 😛

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Well, I was having a few issues with the R310, so I brought it back to the warehouse I bought it from. Instead of changing all the fans I asked how much to move to a R510, only few $$ more so I did it..

 

Brought the R510 home, threw in my Freenas USB stick & the drives, setup the Idrac and poof it was all up and running. Oh and i moved over the 10Gig network card too 🙂 everything came back on line and all is working perfectly. Now if i want to add more drives I have 4 more slots available. the goal is to add 4 more 2tb drives.

Now a picture of the rack as it sits. Soon I’ll have a 3va UPS to add and maybe even another R610.

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Storage Server Build.. Dell R310 & 10G Connection :P

After a few months of collecting parts and waiting, I finally have my FreeNas box up & running. I created a little video of what im using and what’s inside.

Dell R310 1u Rack server ( they are quiet so i picked it )
8gigs ram, will move to 16 or more if needed.
4 x 2tb WD red drives.
Idrac ent ( must have on all servers )
Malenax 10gig PciE SFP+ card with cable.

Enjoy the video,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKJJYmPKQD0

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Drawing for my layout…

Doing some http://www.gliffy.com drawings.  Love this website, makes your network drawings so easy to read and bubbly.  LOL !!! 10 Gigabit Link is dirt cheap so why not use it.. I’m not running copper 10G that’s still a bit pricey. Instead I’m using SFP+

 

I forgot to add iDrac links to the other Dell servers in this diagram, anyways ALL servers have Idrac Enterprise..

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New Cluster Setup

Since I have been playing with cheap servers ( low cost ) but Enterprise quality. I decided to start playing more and more with ESXI 6.0. playing with all the paid features and seeing what the systems can actually do I started having more and more fun, plus learning a-lot. I don’t get to play with this type of stuff at work, just fix the hardware.  So i grabbed a few servers from a local recycling company that refurbishes them & warranty’s them.

 

I traded in the R710 for two machines.  A R210 & R610. My goal is to buy another R610 & a R310, this will allow me to build a cluster and move LIVE virtual machines from one machine to the other with out disrupting service. ITS A HOME LAB but it’s learning and having fun doing it, hey ya never know maybe this will come in handy later in the future..

 

So the goal is :

 

2 R610’s with 64gigs ram in each and DUAL 6core xeons

R310 with 4 x 2tb drives & 10gigabit SFP+ link for each server

R210 a Vcenter controller.

 

I also just started playing with Veeam, DAMN this software is free and freaking Awesome !!  I installed it on a Dedicated Spare Optiplex 790 with 8 gigs ram and a 1tb drive running windows 7 pro, this allows me to RDP to the box and start manual virtual machine backups. I’ve actually backed up all my vms off the R710 and pushed them back to the new R610 with out any issues. HUGE smiled that day!!

 

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Little guys “ALMOST” Done !

My little book shelf speakers are “ALMOST” Done, just need to clear coat them, then drill holes for the binding posts. After that it’s crossover designing time..

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