Journal #8390

Posted 8 years ago2014-06-15 19:00:36 UTC
rufee rufeeSledge fanboy
Update to my datacenter, so with space running out in the first basement with the help of my father i moved all of the machines to the other room further in the basement.
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Finally redid all my networking, its now all vlan based and ready for a second ISP when i get the funds for it. First time punching down a patch panel, this one has strange wiring schemes so had to use ports 1 and 3 since i couldn't figure out how the 2nd is wired (just didn't work, weird).
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The red box is a Mikrotik RouterBOARD, it has all the features of highend Cisco gear except way way cheaper, run a bunch of them at work too. In short such reliable, much recommend. Also grew fond of D-Link switches got a similar one with less ports in the apartment upstairs, this one is quite cheap, but still packs quite a lot of features, at some point i also want to try running fiber optic so with the 4 sfp ports and 1 sfp in the router i have some options.
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Yeah, i know what ur thinking - nasty. Well it works, but i really want to get an APC unit to replace this crap which keeps overcharging the battery and killing it.
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Scored the rack and patch panel from an uncle who once ran an ISP.
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So much space now :)

And now some eyecandy for those who love some older server gear :)
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Always dreamed of getting a dual/quad socket motherboard and there you go.
Custom case and cooling too :)
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Got 4 dual core Opteron cpu's and 32gigs of ECC ram. I can get quad or even six core cpu's if i wish later.
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The whole thing is destined for another purpose and will probably not be in the basement datacenter any time soon, though some other new machines will :)


Commented 8 years ago2014-06-16 05:48:26 UTC Comment #60099
Pimp my data-center :D
Awesome stuff, i love that switch rack, and that power supply is pretty good.

Do you have dust problems down there / humidity?
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-16 08:48:27 UTC Comment #60091
Can you recap what you're using this awesome DIY datacenter for?
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-16 09:55:23 UTC Comment #60093
@Stojke: As with any basement there is dust, but not that much that the machines would need cleaning everytime i visit it. As far as humidity goes did not experience any, the room is warm during winter and summer so that dries all the air out, i have more of a cooling problem then a wet problem :)
If i could id just put those annoying "screamer" server fans on all of them and be done with it, but i don't want to attract any unwanted guests, since technically the whole building is paying for the electricity this uses and i don't think people would be happy about it. I rigged silent fans in all of them to keep them quiet.

I can use it for anything i want, im now running some cs servers, one box runs and all the secret web services inside :P and one runs a cs server i use for occasional 5x5 with a management bot i wrote myself.

Planning to turn one into a VMware server for more flexibility, once i test out some RAID setups. Right now the boxes are running WinXP, Win Server 2012 R2 and Debian linux.
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-16 12:08:59 UTC Comment #60090
Bozhe moi this is awesome! I want one =P
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-16 13:27:09 UTC Comment #60100
^ Since when do you speak Serbian? :D

@ rfe

Awesome, humidity and dust are a huge killer, they kill the fans easily. More than a few times i had to scrub motherboards under a shower to remove all the hardened bitch dirt.
I can understand your concern about that, some would definitely be pissed to find out they have more expenses than they need to :D
Maybe install larger paddle fans that compensate low rotation with high air current?
Also copper coolers that conduct heat better.

Whats the total storage space now?
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-16 14:01:47 UTC Comment #60094
2x80gb on IDE drives, 2x1tb + 250gb boot for future VM the two terabytes will go into RAID1, web server has a 64gb ssd.
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-16 14:01:48 UTC Comment #60089
I can confidently say I don't have a clue what most of this journal is talking about.
Almost make you wonder why I'm commenting.
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-16 14:15:28 UTC Comment #60095
If you ever had a peak inside a computer then you know whats going on :D
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-16 17:13:06 UTC Comment #60098
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-16 20:28:37 UTC Comment #60101
Very nice, much data :D
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Does the SSD do a lot of Read/Write?
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-17 03:33:20 UTC Comment #60092
Do I see some of my old poor hardware there? I hope you soon put more purpose and life into these machines.
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-17 07:25:31 UTC Comment #60096
Oh yes Mr. Bruce here has kindly provided this project a machine which im very thankful for :)

@Stojke: Not much, its more read rather then write and whatever the Linux kernel pagefile uses.
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-18 17:28:08 UTC Comment #60103
Is it just me, or the condenser on the 8. pic is blown??? Looks dead to me.
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-18 17:42:34 UTC Comment #60097
Which one ? I don't see any bad ones.
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-18 18:12:58 UTC Comment #60102
On 8th picture are all solid cap electrolytes, you probably meant 9th picture, but it looks healthy.
Commented 8 years ago2014-06-19 10:19:03 UTC Comment #60104
Oops, my bad. The 9th:
Looks bad to me.

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