Reading Patrick's article about AMD EPYCs "OEM locked" to signed firmwares made me think about really for the past few generations we seem to really be at the end of "cheap repurposed server gear" esp. in the CPU area.
As Intel has gone Socket 3647 since Skylake and 4677 for Ice Pickle, while...
Many tech forums I frequent has a Perpetual Freebies thread for members to exchange free items they no longer use and pay things forward. I've gotten permission from Patrick to start something similar here at STH, I don't have a lot of high end gear but you never know, something sitting in your...
Just got a X10SLL-F board to start a new build and ran into a weird issue, first some background. Currently have a Core i3 4130 mounted, didn't get ECC UDIMM (my bad) so the main system isn't up and running (I read a thread where others have gotten non-ECC UDIMMs to work but apparently that was...
Not sure which forum to put this in but here goes...
I'm trying to move parents setup do a virtualized (ESXi + Windows VMs) setup as it's too much work "fixing" their machines with various software/hardware issues that just seems to come up often. I have my own homelab already setup and will...
I have a question about APM settings and Standby and how they are related? Specifically when using hdparm to control the parameters and behavior on drives, according Archlinux Wiki: hdparm - ArchWiki
hdparm -B sets the APM value between 0-255, and that "Values from 1 to 127 permit...
Older Xeon E3 boards, the seller has several models but I found one that's really interesting: Inventec Server Motherboard LGA 1155 DDR3 B421GA0 SAS & SATA plugs, SPF port | eBay
These seem to be specially OEM versions as model number doesn't yield any info on Google, I've also asked the...
I'm a bit stumped here, I've just attempted P26 kernel module install from the Broadcom/Avago package: SAS 9300-8e Host Bus Adapter
This is technically for my LSI 2308 SAS2 controller, but the module package includes both mpt3sas and mpt2sas files.
Here's the install, no errors...
Recently I've upgraded my home lab/storage server, mainly the chip/board/storage controller:
Motherboard: Supermicro X8DTE-F to Supermicro X9DRD-7LNF
CPU: Dual L5630 Xeons to Single E5-2670
Storage Controller (PCIe passthrough) - Dell H200 (LSI 2008) to LSI 2308 IT Mode (onboard on the...
Is it just me or anyone else experience a high number of STH results in their Google search dealing with enterprise hardware and setups, VMs etc.
It seems to me that often one of the top 3 results will be STH forum thread and usually that's the one with a solution or actual clue to resolving my...
Still tinkering with my new build, with my X9DRD-7LNF4 board and onboard LSI2308 controll, it doesn't seem to allow me to configure SR-IOV in ESXi 6.7. I've done the install and enabled all relevant options I can find in the BIOS but VMWare reports the device as not being SR-IOV...
Just completed my new build so the "core" of my trusty ESXi box is up to grabs. It's served me very well and has been rock solid for past 3 years, all BIOS, firmware etc has been updated to latest. Details:
Dual Xeon L5630 low power cpus
12x 4GB Micron DDR3 ECC...
Working on my next build and was about to get a nice Supermicro X9DRD-7ln4f, my top choice was actually Gigabyte GA-7PESH2, as it ticks all the main features I wanted:
Dual socket, standard EATX form factor
Square ILM heatsink mount
16 RAM slots
full compliment of PCIe from single CPU...
In the process of planning out my next build, I have a E5-2670 left over from last year and getting a Supermicro X9DRD-7LN4F to run it. I know from the block diagrams that only 3 of the PCIe slots will be available for access with a single CPU, but will the blank ones be at least...
Been doing some consolidating and updating of hardware in my ESXi box and trying to run a HTPC VM through it by adding a PCI-e video card and passing through to a PlexVM.
Current Config (abridged):
Supermicro X8DTE-F + 2x L5630 CPU
Lots of drives
ESXi 5.5 with VMs
Recently acquired a Dell H200 to flash into IT mode and use to drive a ZFS array. The card arrived but it isn't recognized by any systems I have, mostly older non-UEFI boxes. No additional screen during POST and neither SAS2FLSH or MEGAREC can see the card.
I have a H200 currently in...
Looking for a motherboard for my E5 2670 as the previous board I purchase was damaged during shipping. The main requirements are to have full 16 RAM slots and 3+ PCIe slots.
Let me know what you got or see a deal :)
I ran into an interesting observation recently and figured I share, my ESXi 5.5 server runs the following specs:
2x Xeon L5630
48GB ECC RAM
1 SSD + 1 500GB HDD VMDK storage
10X 3TB NAS storage
Cyberpower 1000va UPS
The system runs a Linux VM that manages the NAS drives and...
Recently decommissioned some hardware and have a bunch of ECC Registered DDR3 left over. Here's the first batch:
14X Samsung 8GB DDR3 PC10600 ECC Registered RAM (Model M393B1K70CHD-CH9)
Heatware: ChineseStunna | HeatWare.com
This case was a great price last Newegg sale @ $115, but at $89 after rebate and coupon I'd say it's practically a steal!
Details here: LIAN LI PC-A75 Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case (black) $88.99 after Rebate + Free Shipping - Slickdeals.net
There's been a few threads surrounding the topic of enclosures and discussing specific ones. I've seen some really good insights to pros/cons of a particular solution and learned quite a bit from them. I think it would make sense to kick off a thread where we consolidate thoughts on...