Bays for days: Intel S2600CP2J meets Supermicro 24-bay SC846
Feb04

Bays for days: Intel S2600CP2J meets Supermicro 24-bay SC846

A quest for more drive bays comes to an end with an affordable, redundant, hot-swappable solution from Supermicro. Check out this Intel/Supermicro hybrid!

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My first disk failure w/ ZFS using RAIDZ1!  Panic!
Nov09

My first disk failure w/ ZFS using RAIDZ1! Panic!

Smoke, fire, data-loss, and tears… none of these things occurred during the rebuild of my RAIDZ1 storage pool after disk failure. Shocking! Read more inside!

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Building a new lab host – Intel E5-2670 and 128GB of RAM
Oct09

Building a new lab host – Intel E5-2670 and 128GB of RAM

Hi all!  I apologize for not posting more often!  I have been working on a lot of new, interesting things but haven’t had a whole lot of time to write about it. You might remember my previous ESXi host build: Lenovo TS140 as ESXi and NAS box – with a twist!  The transplanted Lenovo TS140 has served me well – it still performs great and didn’t break the bank.  The specifications of that server are: Lenovo TS140...

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Rack, stack, and a little bit of a tour!
Jul10

Rack, stack, and a little bit of a tour!

Today was productive – Dell R510 and APC Smart-UPS 3000XL both racked, cabled, configured, and tested! Lab/rack tour included!

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DIY SAN/NAS – quest for fast, reliable, shared storage with a twist of ZFS! (Part 1)
Jun22

DIY SAN/NAS – quest for fast, reliable, shared storage with a twist of ZFS! (Part 1)

Choosing prebuilt SAN is cheating – let’s build something from nothing and learn ZFS on the way! Read more about my FreeNAS/ZFS adventure using a Dell R510.

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Does fully populating an R710 with RAM hurt performance?
Feb21

Does fully populating an R710 with RAM hurt performance?

Fully-populating your R710 clocks the RAM down to 800 MHz, but how much of a difference does that really make? In this blog entry I run Geekbench 3 benchmarks to find out!

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