Hyve "S-SKUD 2" - 1U, 8x LFF SATA6, 2x LGA 3647 Skylake-SP, 2x PCIe x16, 2x OCP PCIe x8 w/2x 25Gbps Connectx-4 installed - $179 + Shipping

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I have a cascade lake CPU on hand, I could try swapping the microcode and see if it boots.
i doubt that. it's not only the microcode, the memory controller requires a different initialisation (Intel Memory RC)
you all have to get the 2nd gen BIOS if you want to run cascade lakes.
i tried to get one for my MS Olympus boards from the motherboard OEM (Wiwynn). but without NDA authorisation by Microsoft the BIOS is not available.
the MS Olympus is based on Project Olympus, but this project does NOT include any firmware. Firmware is copyrighted/licensed.
 

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Glad I passed on this deal. I would have been way over my head.
 

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Glad I passed on this deal. I would have been way over my head.
This is actually why I jumped in on the deal... It's time I learn to hack BIOSes for my needs, and @RolloZ170 is helping guide several of us on the STH forums. :)

I have a mountain of projects that I could "fix" the BIOSes on, dating all the way back to 2008, once I get hold of the ropes. The community here being excited about this S-SKUD 2 has given me the push to dig into and learn these things while I am between gigs.
 
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So, I am going to order a bunch of cables and right-angle adapters for this setup of 10x HDDs.

There's 1/2" of clearance in front of the fans.

 

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So, I've been researching OCP SAS cards and finally stumbled upon a few models I am pretty sure will fit as is.

Tyan has one of the best published "Storage Mezzanine cards" guides. Too bad their tyan.com DNS server seems to be hacked (lots of porn, giveaways, contests - all garbage URL Links) in sub-domains like "www.giveaway.tyan.com", "www.ww.tyan.com" <- tries to load a Javascript virus, and so on. If you manually fix the URL, the regular site works.

Unfortunately, I can't find many Tyan SAS controllers on ebay. Maybe someone here knows a cheap source? Listed below are the models that should work without issue.

SAS3 8-port

Unfortunately, the heatsink may interfere with the card you insert into the PCIe riser in that area. Maybe, maybe not...

SAS2/SATA6 (if you can use slower)

Gigabyte also had some OP SAS3 cards. however, their versions are much longer (out of OCP spec) and seems it would interfere with the TPM module as well as one of the SATA ports (and would block BOTH sata ports!).

I think I am done searching for SAS OCP cards as this point and will just use a normal PCIe version for now, until I get rid of the SAS drives.
 

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So I have been doing 90 degree pcie adapters

and cheap garbage AOC from supermicro (Supermicro AOC-S2308L-L8e 8-channel 6Gbps SAS2/SATA3 PCIe 3.0 x8 IT/HBA Adapter | eBay ). Admittedly they are only sas2, and lsi2308 chips... And probably going to bite me in the arse....

Oh, and sas 4 port breakout cables
Mini SAS 36P SFF-8087 to 4 SFF-8482 Connectors With SATA Power Cable 1M US SHIP | eBay

Some of this stuff can be found cheaper on bitdeals but I've had zero luck with them.
 

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So I have been doing 90 degree pcie adapters

and cheap garbage AOC from supermicro (Supermicro AOC-S2308L-L8e 8-channel 6Gbps SAS2/SATA3 PCIe 3.0 x8 IT/HBA Adapter | eBay ). Admittedly they are only sas2, and lsi2308 chips... And probably going to bite me in the arse....

Oh, and sas 4 port breakout cables
Mini SAS 36P SFF-8087 to 4 SFF-8482 Connectors With SATA Power Cable 1M US SHIP | eBay

Some of this stuff can be found cheaper on bitdeals but I've had zero luck with them.
My problem is I'd like to install both a cache drive (Intel Optane) and a dual 40GbE QSFP+ card - since I'm all 40G here. Normally that would be fine, but I only have 5x SATA 10 TB drives. The dozens of other 10 TB drives are all SAS3... So, that's 3x total cards (because I can't find an OCP 40GbE card to fit in that OCP slot!).

It's aiight, as I going to use it as a backup server at this point. So the dual SPF28 cages, for 10G on my network as the lowest common denominator, should suffice for ZFS snapshots. It's just, that initial load of 50 TB... ouch...
 

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My problem is I'd like to install both a cache drive (Intel Optane) and a dual 40GbE QSFP+ card - since I'm all 40G here. Normally that would be fine, but I only have 5x SATA 10 TB drives. The dozens of other 10 TB drives are all SAS3... So, that's 3x total cards (because I can't find an OCP 40GbE card to fit in that OCP slot!).

It's aiight, as I going to use it as a backup server at this point. So the dual SPF28 cages, for 10G on my network as the lowest common denominator, should suffice for ZFS snapshots. It's just, that initial load of 50 TB... ouch...
That's where I'm going to be, these 4 are going to become a storage cluster, but 10gbe is all I have for switching. I've been debating on doing something weird with either a dual port 100gbe nic or a pair of single port 100gbe that I can break out to 25s and make a software based switch out of an old r620
 

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That's where I'm going to be, these 4 are going to become a storage cluster, but 10gbe is all I have for switching. I've been debating on doing something weird with either a dual port 100gbe nic or a pair of single port 100gbe that I can break out to 25s and make a software based switch out of an old r620
Here ya go:


If you just want a switch, you can pickup Brocade ICX6610 (with 4x 40GbE, 8x 10GbE, and 24/48x 1 Gbps ... For around $120 or a bit more. Actually, I have like 3 or 4 I need to box up and sell at some point.

And of course, the infamous STH thread on these Brocade switches:

 
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