Quanta 2U D51B: LGA2011-3, 24 x 2.5" Trays, 10 GbE, Rails $250 OBO

lcars

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As someone still pretty new to this, thanks for posting this other listing! I'm considering buying one of these to try my hand at setting up a zfs fileserver. It looks like Quanta provided an updated BIOS in 2018 for the Intel hardware vulnerabilities that came out that year, so that looks good. (Download Center | QCT- Quanta Cloud Technology)

Based on the listing then, the only thing missing for a working system is memory? I found this components list: Marketing summary report Looks like if I also buy some used DDR3 registered memory meeting those specifications I should have everything I need to set up a working file server?

Sorry for the newbie questions--like I say I'm still new to buying used enterprise hardware like this and don't want to buy a pile of stuff I can't use. Thanks for any tips!
 

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As someone still pretty new to this, thanks for posting this other listing! I'm considering buying one of these to try my hand at setting up a zfs fileserver. It looks like Quanta provided an updated BIOS in 2018 for the Intel hardware vulnerabilities that came out that year, so that looks good. (Download Center | QCT- Quanta Cloud Technology)

Based on the listing then, the only thing missing for a working system is memory? I found this components list: Marketing summary report Looks like if I also buy some used DDR3 registered memory meeting those specifications I should have everything I need to set up a working file server?

Sorry for the newbie questions--like I say I'm still new to buying used enterprise hardware like this and don't want to buy a pile of stuff I can't use. Thanks for any tips!
What OS are you planning to go with?
 

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I wanted to try FreeNAS or Rockstor. FreeNAS might not have as much hardware support though, right?

Already have some 3.5" hard drives.
I have a FreeNAS server at present and have others in the past. Never had any major HW issues. Just be sure to use an HBA and not a RAID controller. ECC memory is highly recommended and that's all I've ever used. The people over at the FreeNAS forum will make fun of you if you don't. My current system is a X8DTE-F, 96GB of DDR3 ECC RDIMM, 12 4TB HD's. I'm using a mix of SAS and SATA drives without issues. A Dell H310 HBA. And a Solarflare 10G NIC. All in a Supermicro SM846 4u chassis. It's a rock. Nothing protects your data like zfs.
 

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I have a FreeNAS server at present and have others in the past. Never had any major HW issues. Just be sure to use an HBA and not a RAID controller. ECC memory is highly recommended and that's all I've ever used. The people over at the FreeNAS forum will make fun of you if you don't. My current system is a X8DTE-F, 96GB of DDR3 ECC RDIMM, 12 4TB HD's. I'm using a mix of SAS and SATA drives without issues. A Dell H310 HBA. And a Solarflare 10G NIC. All in a Supermicro SM846 4u chassis. It's a rock. Nothing protects your data like zfs.
Say, thanks for the helpful reply.

I think you just saved me a big headache. The listing for this Quanta server I'm looking at (Quanta S210-X22RQ 2U Server w/DAS2RSMBACO LGA2011 Sys Bd/2x 6C E5-2620 | eBay) says it comes with an LSI 9261-8i controller. According to a couple of other servethehome threads/articles, this card can't be used in JBOD mode. So not good for ZFS I guess.

https://forums.servethehome.com/index.php?threads/lsi-9261-question.3380/

https://www.servethehome.com/lsi-sas-2108-raid-controller-information-listing/

I'm holding off to find a different server then. Thanks!
 

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Say, thanks for the helpful reply.

I think you just saved me a big headache. The listing for this Quanta server I'm looking at (Quanta S210-X22RQ 2U Server w/DAS2RSMBACO LGA2011 Sys Bd/2x 6C E5-2620 | eBay) says it comes with an LSI 9261-8i controller. According to a couple of other servethehome threads/articles, this card can't be used in JBOD mode. So not good for ZFS I guess.

https://forums.servethehome.com/index.php?threads/lsi-9261-question.3380/

https://www.servethehome.com/lsi-sas-2108-raid-controller-information-listing/

I'm holding off to find a different server then. Thanks!
why not just buy a dell h310 off ebay and swap out the lsi 9261-8i instead of holding off another server? it's quite cheap like the one below. you will be surprised that you might save $$ by building your own server with good deal on parts from the bay. It's actually a lot of fun and learning also.

Dell Perc H310 8-Port 6Gb/s SAS Server Adapter Raid Controller Card | eBay
 

Fritz

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The Dell H310 is dirt cheap on eBay and works perfectly with FreeNAS. You could resell the LSI 9261-8i and easily recoup the cost.
 

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that's what i thought... i see those 3108 cards w/o BBU on ebay for $250-ish... he could resell that card w/o the bracket and cover the cost of the server! LOL
He is lucky however if he wants HBA then he has to buy another adapter and wait. LOL
 

Sean B

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Yep definitely the SAS 3108 with battery. Opened up the second server, same config. A little bummed they didn't have the rear SATA drive cages as I planned to use those for OS drives and leave the front for all storage. Ah well, I'm sure I can hack something up.
 

Sean B

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He is lucky however if he wants HBA then he has to buy another adapter and wait. LOL
Not anticipating getting these cards, I already ordered two SAS 3008 mezz cards. Now I have to decide which direction to go.

But waiting is my MO lately. Still need the DDR4 to show up before I can test these.
 

YuanyangX

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Yep definitely the SAS 3108 with battery. Opened up the second server, same config. A little bummed they didn't have the rear SATA drive cages as I planned to use those for OS drives and leave the front for all storage. Ah well, I'm sure I can hack something up.
It seems you've got exactly same config showing in their picture - no rear trays but has SAS Mezz bracket.
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Guess it's the luck of the draw. Mine came with the dual SATA cage and no 12Gb controller but it did come with a 6Gb RAID controller and BBU card (72xx I think).
 

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I ended up with the rear SATA drive cages but not the mezz bracket. Can't really figure out if that was a win or not. My front USB port did come busted so that was a bummer. Did anyones unit come with screws for the hard drive cages or maybe know a size that fits?