After losing our host(it was free) we are finally back! More geekiness coming your way soon.
- Server 2008 R2 (2k8 box)
- 16 GB RAM
- Xeon E3 1230
- Supermicro X9SCM-F
- 2x Intel Dual Port NICs
- Rosewill RSV-L4411
- Crucial M4 64 GB Boot Drive – 8x 2TB Hitachi 7K3000 – 4x Western Digital RE3 500 GB
- IBM ServRAID M1015 flashed w/ LSI SAS9211-8i in RAID 10 (Hitachi Drives formatted 7.27 TB) – 3Ware 9650SE in RAID 5(WD RE3 Drives formatted 1.4 TB)
- The 4x WD drives in RAID 5 are blank w/ 1.4 TB free, everything else is sitting on the 7.27 TB RAID 10 array of Hitachi disks
- Hyper-V Role – 1 2k8 r2 domain controller, 1 win7, 2x LAMP servers – VMs use 1 TB of data for VHDs that are thin provisioned
- MS iSCSI Software Target consuming 1 TB data
- Shares consuming 2 TB data
- ESXi 5.1
- I will be re-configuring the ServRAID M1015 for JBOD w/ the 8 Hitachi 2 TB Disks and moving the 3Ware 9650SE and 4x WD 1.4 TB RAID 5 array to the oi-nappit box for migration purposes (the array will be reformatted)
- 250 GB laptop spinner for backing up ESXi with ghettoVCB (http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-8760)
- (NAS) – Physical oi-napp-it server with 3.9 TB pool, 1.4 TB pool (5.4 TB Total)
- Regedit to export the Windows Shares registry keys from the 2008 R2 config for creating shares and setting security in the new oi/napp-it VM
- Starwind Converter to convert the Hyper-V VHDs to VMware VMDKs
- VMWare vCenter Converter to P2V the Physical Windows 2008 R2 machine incase things get real nasty(Hyper-V Role and iSCSI Target will be removed prior)
- MS DNS to export the DNS Entries from Domain Controller for new VMWare VMs, the IP’s will need to be reentered upon recreation w/ ESXi
- oi.iso on the NAS
- Install Starwind Converter on 2k8 box
- Install VMware vCenter Converter on workstation
- Copy 2k8 box shares to NAS
- Export DNS Entries from MS DNS on Domain Controller
- Temporarily change DNS information on NAS, 2k8 server, and workstation to use router instead of Domain Controller
- Power off all Hyper-V VMs
- Power off server
- Power off NAS
- Move 9650SE controller and WD disks to NAS
- Power on 2k8 box
- Power on NAS
- Conigure 9650SE & WD disks on NAS, create pool.
- Copy contents of MS iSCSI target to NAS
- Start converting VHDs to VMDKs onto NAS
- Remove Hyper-V Role
- P2V 2k8 box as files to NAS
- Power off server
- Power on server and reconfigure ServRAID M1015 to JBOD w/ 8x 2TB Hitachi’s
- Install and configure ESXi 5.1x to 64 GB Crucial M4
- Upload oi.iso to ESXi, install, and configure oi w/ napp-it VM with same name and IP address as 2k8 box
- Create a pool in VM NAS for NFS share as Storage for ESXi, mount volumes in ESXi
- Configure Comstar for iSCSI Target
- Create new disksless Windows 2008 R2 server for the Domain Controller in ESXi, upload and attach converted VMDK to machine. Install VMware Tools and reboot.
- Assign IP address from exported DNS entries on Domain Controller, verify functionality.
- Delete 2k8 box from Active Directory
- Change physical NAS, virtual NAS, workstation, and ESXi network DNS settings to use migrated Domain Controller as the DNS server. Restart SMB service on physical NAS and the VM NAS.
- Join ESXi to Active Directory
- Join NAS VM to Active Directory
- Create ZFS Folders from exported 2k8 box file server registry keys
- Set permissions on new ZFS Folders from the exported 2k8r2 file server registry keys
- Copy shares from physical NAS to new VM NAS’ newly created ZFS Folders
- Re-create diskless Windows 7 machine, 2x diskless Linux machines, and upload and attach their respective VMDKs, install VMWare tools and reboot. Assign IP addresses to machines
- Connect machines to Comstar iSCSI Target
It supports 12″ x 13″ E-ATX; 12″ x 9.6″ ATX, 11.2″ x 8.2″ Mini-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards.
At 23 lbs and 25″ x 16.8″ x 7.0″, it is not difficult to work with, and is even fairly light when taking into consideration that it is a 4u chassis.
Since the purchase of this server chassis from Newegg on CyberMonday, it has been discontinued. I am a little disappointed by this, and hope that Newegg can honor the warranty.
Chassis Type: Rackmount
Case Material: Metal/ Steel, 1.0 mm thickness
Motherboard Compatibility: 12″ x 13″ E-ATX; 12″ x 9.6″ ATX, 11.2″ x 8.2″ Mini-ATX and below
Form Factor: 4U
Hot-Swap Drive Bays: 12 x 3.5″/2.5″ SATA
Expansion Slots: 7
Front Ports: 2 x USB 2.0
80mm Fans: 2 max / 2 included
120mm Fans: 3 max / 3 included
Dimensions: 25″ x 16.8″ x 7.0″
Weight: Net Weight: 23.1 lbs.
Package Contents: Keys, Screws, 12x SATAIII 18″ cables, Chassis
The chassis is made of 1mm steel and has a sturdy feel to it. There are some sharp edges along the ATX back plate, and around the support bar mounts, but Rosewill did make an effort to reduce the sharp edges, and I only found these two gotchas.
The door has two nice features. First is the filter in the door that blocks dust. This can be cleaned with the removal of two screws on the inside of the door. The second is that the door moves up and down with a bit of resistance, so that it will stay in place where you put it, and will not slam open, marring the finish.
The finish is black and well done. All the screws that came with the case are black as well, which I found to be a nice touch. This is a nice looking chassis.
The handles for sliding it in and out of a rack had one pleasant surprise, the inside of the handles are padded with neoprene, which I found to be nice touch.
The Drive Bays:
There are four SATA connectors per bay attached to drive bay has a 120mm Rosewill fan that is surprisingly quite and moves quite a bit of air.
Inside the drive bay, you see the backplane with the standard SATA and Power Connectors.
One annoying feature about the hot-swap drive bays is that the LED’s stay on during activity, and dim or turn off completely when the disks are getting hit hard. I find this to be backwards!
The Drive Cages:
This is where some disappointments arise. The drive cages are made entirely of injection molded plastic. While the cages are not necessarily flimsy, they have a cheap feel to them, and do not slide into the drive bays easily. Two of the 12 cages with disks in them needed more than average help for them to seat properly with the backplane.
I removed the support bar before installing the Supermicro X9SCM-F motherboard and components. Installing all the components was a breeze. There is plenty of room to mount everything, and route cables.
With two dual port NIC’s and two RAID controllers, everything fits nicely, and managing the cables was a cinch.
The verdict for this chassis is pretty straight forward. It is not a bad chassis at all, I would even call it a nice chassis.
I have this server in my office about two feet from me, and it is VERY quiet. So quiet that I can not hear it over the drone of my gaming machine.
Bang for the buck, you get (got) a lot for your money. Regularly priced at $179.99 USD, I would call it inexpensive. For $149.99 USD, I call it a steal. The three four disk Hot-Swap Bays are probably worth that alone, even though they were sort of a disappointment. The big disappointment is that Newegg discontinued this chassis.