Thursday, February 24, 2011

Moved server hardware to new case and racked it

Today I took part of the day off to get into my 4 day weekend, given I had 2 days and 3 hours left in holidays, so I decided it would be a nice time to convert my main server to rackmount.

Was quite the job, but it went rather smooth, and powered on first shot. The only mistake I did was plug the power LED backwards.

It's quite a mess in there, but it works, and that's what counts. I may add another rear fan though as there is only one right now. I taped up lot of the back vents to force air to go through the hard drives.

And finally, racked up:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rackmount Server Conversion Progress

I finally got my server rails today! Going to convert my tower server to rackmount. I think this is the only thing that kept me sane today, knowing I had a new toy come in.

That server case was ordered originally but I thought it came with rails. Paid a bit over 100 bucks for the server and rails together. I will probably tweak the air vents a bit to maximize air flow. Idealy I should have ordered another fan.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fired up the SAN and Open Filer

Installed Open Filer on the Atom SuperMicro server I bought, hooked up the fiber to two enclosures and fired it up. Currently making two raid 10 arrays, with a total of 4 volumes. 1 iSCSI and 1 EXT3 volume per array. I never made a raid 10 before, figured now that I have all these drives, it's a good time to do so.

I am not sure yet if I will keep the switch there, as it is a much simpler setup to just go straight to the enclosure and use it as a DAS. I can always get another server like the one I have in the future, and do a high availability Open Filer setup, but that's beyond the scope of this project. I will not even be using this for production, it's more or less a fun toy.

The two arrays processing:

The nice thing with Open Filer is that it uses the Linux MDADM raid which is fairly standard and very easy to use even outside of Open Filer. Should the enclosure fail, or the fiber card fail, or any of this hardware otherwise stop working, I simply need to put those drives in a new enclosure, present it to any Linux box, and the data will be available again. It's really that easy, this is why I really prefer open source over proprietary stuff.

Once the raids are done rebuilding, I will play around with iSCSI and see how that goes.