Splitting up the AIO

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  1. jahsoul

    jahsoul Active Member

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    Build’s Name #1: Main Server
    Operating System/ Storage Platform: ESXi 6.7
    CPU: Intel Xeon Gold 6138 (20C/40T 2.0ghz, 125w TDP)
    Motherboard:ASUS Z11PA-U12
    Chassis:
    Silverstone Grandia GD09
    Drives: 2xPM953 960GB, 2xPM953 480GB
    RAM: 192GB (SK Hynix 6 x 32GB DDR4 ECC 2666mhz)
    Add-in Cards: Intel X520-DA2, Mellanox ConnectX-3 VPI card (future buy), Asus Hyper M.2x16
    Power Supply: EVGA 650 GQ

    Usage Profile: Server for all of my home services

    Other information… This will run all of the services in my home (I run a lot of random tech stuff at home..lol)

    Build’s Name #2: Storage/Backup AD
    Operating System/ Storage Platform: ESXi 6.7
    CPU: Intel Xeon D-1541 (8c/16t, 2.1ghz, 45w TDP)
    Motherboard: D1541D4U-2T8R
    Chassis: Silverstone CS381 (whenever it's released :()
    Drives: Current- 180GB Intel 520 SSD or 8GB USB (boot); 6x10TB WD white drives
    Future Buys
    -2x8TB WD white drives
    RAM: 32GB (SK Hynix 2 x 16GB DDR4 ECC 2666mhz)
    Add-in Cards: Intel X520-DA2, Mellanox ConnectX-3 VPI card (future buy)
    Power Supply: Corsair SF450

    Usage Profile: Storage and backup AD for DNS

    Other information… Simple storage setup in my home environment. Don't know what I will be running but will be deciding as things get built out.


    Build’s Name #3: Lab Server
    Operating System/ Storage Platform: ESXi 6.7
    CPU: 2x E5-2650Lv3 (12c/24t, 1.8ghz, 65W TDP)
    Motherboard: Supermicro X10DRL-CT-O
    Chassis: Silverstone Grandia GD09
    Drives: ADATA ISMS331 16GB sata dom (boot), 4x960GB Cloudspeed Eco SSD (Future Buy)
    RAM: 128GB (SK Hynix 4 x 32GB DDR4 ECC 2666mhz)
    Add-in Cards: Intel X520-DA2, Mellanox ConnectX-3 VPI card (future buy)
    Power Supply: EVGA 650 GQ
    Other Bits:

    Usage Profile: Lab server for various things that I'm studying and testing for work
    Other information… So having an all in one with your lab setup can get really messy. lol. With me needing to study and test more things, the need for a standalone server became apparent. I'm going to repurpose some of my old gear and use for this lab box. Will use this for IE and SANS studies and a test bed for work related stuff.

    Build’s Name #4: Backup
    Operating System/ Storage Platform: Windows Server 2012r2
    CPU: E5-2630Lv4 (10c/20t, 1.8ghz, 55W TDP)
    Motherboard: Supermicro X10SRi-F
    Chassis: Silverstone Grandia GD07
    Drives: ADATA ISMS331 16GB sata dom (boot) (future purchase)
    RAM: 64GB (SK Hynix 4 x 16GB DDR4 ECC 2133mhz)
    Add-in Cards: Mellanox ConnectX-3 VPI card (future buy), LSI 9265CV-8i with cachecade, LSI 9300-8e (future buy)
    Power Supply: Seasonic Focus Gold 450w
    Other Bits: External Tape Drive in the near future

    Usage Profile: Backup Server
    Other information… Since I don't do much of cloud anything and don't really feel like setting up a colo since I may be moving out of state this year, I am building a server for the purpose of backups and then sending tape backups to my parents.
     
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  2. jahsoul

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    Finally got around to start building this thing out and ran into the first issue. I should have done a little more research on the Icy Dock MB453IPF. For some reason, I thought that it had a 3-pin and I was so wrong..lol. The fan is connected to a notched latch that clips into the bay. Since I already bought fans for it, I just said screw it and clipped off the hooks, tossed the fan, and slid the fan in there. Just have to plug it up directly to the board now. I'm trying to make this as streamless as possibe, since I'm also planning on having a standalone AD.
     
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  3. T_Minus

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    Why not do the home services, and storage/media in one? Are you really going to be utilizing 3x E5s for storage and media? Then do a sep. one for your lab (I learned that too with trying AIO).
     
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    I really wanted to separate as much as I could and everything I had ended up being cheaper than expected. I had it planned out to get get an E3 for storage, have media on the main server, but got the E5-2630Lv4 from ShepsCrook for only $50 more than I would have getting the E3-1265Lv4 that I was eyeing.

    Although I'm separating most things out, a main motivator was to really start using the stuff that I have to clear up space around the house.

    When I move, I'm probably going to do everything over again. *eyeballing this SC846 in my closet collecting dust*
     
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    One of the main points of AOI setup is:

    + Fast 10G internal network speed between your computing VMs and storage VM.

    + Save electricity, save space/noise.

    If you don't need or want the above 2 points then go separate.

    There are certain VMs that shouldn't be part of the AOI (but many ppl do). Firewall, VPN, anything that controls your connection to the outside.
     
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    I went from having an AIO for a few years then started dividing things up a bit. Got tired of the family complaining that something or other was down when I had to reboot for an unrelated VM.
     
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    Plans are scrapped for now but I'm happy with the direction it's going. The X10DRL-CT threw me off because it only has 3 PCIe slots and didn't support bifurcation, so that has been delegated to lab server duties. I picked up a Datto D1541D4U off eBay for $325, so this is what I'm going to be using for my storage, media, and secondary DNS server. I'm trying to source a U-Nas 810A stateside before paying that crazy shipping. I'm also moving to a Xeon Gold 6138 single CPU build with 192GB or 256GB of RAM (still debating). Everything will still be separated but I'm going with a "smaller" footprint for everything. Upgrading my AP but downsizing my switch (48 port + 2 SFP+ to 14 port + 2 SFP+ fanless) and changing my Sophos router hardware. I should be getting everything within the next 2 weeks and will finally get everything in place. Just finding the U-Nas case and decided on with motherboard I want to use.
     
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    So I basically went back to the drawing board to determine what I'm going to do and finally ending with what I have in the original post. I will be putting everything together over the next few weeks as they come in. Next is seeing if I want to by a CPU cooler today or wait a bit and get a Mellanox switch to play with.
     
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    So, parts have begun to trickle in. Motherboard got here on Saturday and CPU Cooler got here yesterday. I thought about adding a 3rd fan to the cooler because I had a spare 90mm laying around but then realized that Noctua are using NF-A9 HF fans for this cooler. Will try to take pictures as I go.

    Decided that I wasn't going to go for 384GB of RAM since I tapped out and was needed to get a few last things, such as a Quadro P2000 and a few SSDs for the lab box, so I am tossing them up for sale.
     
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