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 !!

New Storage Server R510

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.

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,

Drawing for my layout…

Doing some 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..

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!!


Learning Vmware.

Usually my pick would be Windows R2 with hyper-v. But I decided to try Vmware, Picked up a few Dell pieces of equipment & a Cisco 3750G POE switch.

Dell R710 with 4 300gig 10k sas drives 32 gigs ram & dual quad core cpus, installed a pair of sata 750gig WD black 2.5″ drives for a local storage for isos and small images.

The Dell R210 is for the firewall Running Sophos Xg, actually really cool firewall.

My Dayton 6′ Rs towers….

I’ve been building lots of speakers these last few years, never really tried any of the dayton audio drivers. Did tons of reading and research “even” listened to a friends pair of speakers using a 8″ dayton. Then wham I was addicted.

So I did a big order.

8 x RS180-8 7″ Woofer’s
4 x RS100-8 4″ Mid-Woofers
2 x RS28A-4 1″ Dome tweeter.

To be safe, I also ordered 2 x RS125-8 5″ mid woofers, just in case the 4″ can’t keep up or go along with the rest of the design.

I started off with some google late night sketchup work, and created this.

I can’t lie though, this photo did help me want to build something like it.

Then it was off to the cabinet shop to buy some 3/4″ MDF, they even cut it for me, into manageable pices, so i can build this test box at home.

Next day i attacked the garage and started cutting.

Drivers arrived a few weeks later.

All the drivers lined up, not sure if i’m going with 5″ mid bass drivers OR 4″ i have the 4″ ones mounted for now, but can swap them out for the 5″.

More late night building,

Mounted all the drivers,

Then carried this big heavy 6′ tall beast to my room. Not sure why, I have to drag it back down stairs this week to go measure and get driver data..