AMD 8-Core EPYC Home Server Build

AMD’s new EPYC 3201 is a good processor for a near-silent server …without sacrificing performance. I saw good price on an open box Supermicro M11SDV-8CT-LN4F. It includes an embedded AMD EPYC 3201 8-core processor. I’ve been wanting to try an AMD build for awhile so I grabbed it. This CPU was favorably benchmarked by ServeTheHome … Continue reading “AMD 8-Core EPYC Home Server Build”

FreeNAS Mini XL, 8 bay Mini-ITX NAS

Catching up on email, I saw a Newsletter from iX Systems announcing the FreeNAS Mini XL (the irony).  On the new FreeNAS Mini page it looks just like the FreeNAS mini but taller to accommodate 8-bays. Available on Amazon starting at $1,500 with no drives. Here’s the Quick Start Guide and Data Sheet. The pictures show what appears to be equipped … Continue reading “FreeNAS Mini XL, 8 bay Mini-ITX NAS”

VMware vs bhyve Performance Comparison

Playing with bhyve Here’s a look at Gea’s popular All-in-one design which allows VMware to run on top of ZFS on a single box using a virtual 10Gbe storage network.  The design requires an HBA, and a CPU that supports VT-d so that the storage can be passed directly to a guest VM running a ZFS … Continue reading “VMware vs bhyve Performance Comparison”

Supermicro X10SDV-F Build; Datacenter in a Box

I don’t have room for a couple of rackmount servers anymore so I was thinking of ways to reduce the footprint and noise from my servers.  I’ve been very happy with Supermicro hardware so here’s my Supermicro Mini-ITX Datacenter in a box build. Motherboard: Supermicro X10SDV-F CPU/Motherboard: Xeon D-1540 X10SDV.  8 cores (16 including HT … Continue reading “Supermicro X10SDV-F Build; Datacenter in a Box”

NAS Server Build – ASRock C2750D4I & Silverstone DS380

The other day I got a little frustrated with my Gen 8 Microserver, I was trying to upgrade ESXi to 5.5 but the virtual media feature kept disconnecting in the middle of the install due to not having an ILO4 license–I actually bought an ILO4 enterprise license but I have no idea where I put … Continue reading “NAS Server Build – ASRock C2750D4I & Silverstone DS380”

M1015 HBA In the HP Gen8 Microserver

Here’s a quick overview on installing the IBM ServerRaid M1015 HBA (aka LSI SAS9220-8i) in the HP Gen8 Microserver. These cards can be bought for around $100 on ebay.  The HBA has two 6Gbps SAS ports (each port has 4 lanes, each lane is 6Gbps giving a theoretical maximum of 24Gbps per port and 48Gbps … Continue reading “M1015 HBA In the HP Gen8 Microserver”

Installed Xeon E3-1230V2 in Gen8 HP Microserver

Thanks to a homeservershow forum member keeping track of prices  I ordered the HP Gen8 Microserver 1610T … of course, nobody wants to run VMWare on a Celeron so obviously the first thing to try is installing a Xeon processor. Update, this post is about 3-years old but HP hasn’t updated their Microserver to support … Continue reading “Installed Xeon E3-1230V2 in Gen8 HP Microserver”

HP Microserver Gen8 Specs Released

Just saw on STH that the HP Microserver Gen8 specs have been released… Intel Pentium G2020T (2 core, 2.5Ghz, 3MB, 35W) OR Intel Celeron G1610T 2GB ECC memory (up to 16GB, 2 slots) One PCIe expansion slot. Dual gigabit ethernet ports (332i adapter) Dynamic Smart Array B120i/ZM 150w power supply HP iLO4 remote management port … Continue reading “HP Microserver Gen8 Specs Released”