[clug-talk] OT: Help me pick my hardware

Dan Graham grahadan at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 20:03:55 PDT 2012


It's just like an external usb port on the back of the mainboard but its
located near the sata ports. I use a cheap usb stick for boot root and have
not bothered to worry about /sys /proc /var/log etc. I used to symlink
/var/log etc to a physical disk. Last couple of times I just got lazy and
did not bother. My last stick on my old Supermicro board (with the same
feature) went for a year and a half without intervention, running full
read/write 24/7. Regardless I feel very confident that no matter how you
deploy this board it will make you happy. To install on usb stick just make
sure its plugged in, setup bios to boot from it and install as you would
normally from CD or use IPMI across the network from your workstation with
an iso image (This is just pure "GEEK SEX"), less the swap of course. (Just
use lottsa RAM) :)

Seriously do this and feel the love....

On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 7:50 PM, Royce Souther <osgnuru at gmail.com> wrote:

> Is it any different then a normal USB port out the back? Other then a port
> out the back is in danger of having someone pull the stick out.
>
> Can you make that USB port a read-only drive and have the system use RAM
> for a read-write / root like a unisonfs? I would not want the memory stick
> to die from to many write cycles.
>
> Do you have to do anything special with OS to install it on the memory
> stick?
>
> Supper easy OS upgrades, just build a new thumb drive at your desk and
> swap it at reboot.
>
>
> On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 6:35 PM, Dan Graham <grahadan at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Oh and I forgot the coolest part. It has a USB port integrated right on
>> the main board which is where I install the boot/root filesystem. It lets
>> me use all the sata ports for /home. ... :)
>>
>> Cya, Dan
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 6:30 PM, Dan Graham <grahadan at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Royce,
>>>
>>> I recently acquired one of these: It has dual gig Ethernet (Intel) an
>>> IPMI port for remote headless access, etc. For $179 it is just amazing. I
>>> put a Sandy Bridge quad core Xeon on it for $240 and run a number of KVM
>>> VMs on it and it just flies. CPU power consumption maxes out at 80 Watts,
>>> and idles at 20 or less. You could do far worse than this one.
>>> All the best, Dan
>>>
>>> Mainboard:
>>>
>>> http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182262&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-
>>>
>>> Xeon CPU:
>>>
>>> http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115083&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM, Jamie Furtner <jamie at furtner.ca>wrote:
>>>
>>>> On 2012-03-25 8:52 AM, Royce Souther wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I am trying to put together a file server and trying to get as many
>>>>> SATA ports as I can. I found a motherboard I like but it only has 6 SATA
>>>>> ports. It also has PCI-Ex8 and PCI-Ex16 slots. I want to add a SATA card.
>>>>> Supermicro makes an 8 port SATA card that is PCI-Ex4.
>>>>>
>>>>> Can I use a PCI-Ex4 cards in a PCI-Ex8 or PCI-Ex16 slot? If so then I
>>>>> can have 22 SATA drives in this box.
>>>>>
>>>>>  Yes, you can use a card that uses a smaller number of PCIe channels
>>>> in a larger slot - the reverse is not true of course. The card won't be any
>>>> faster than if it were plugged into its native slot but it works correctly.
>>>>
>>>> This means you can use a x1 card in a x1, x4, x8 or x16 slot, a x4 card
>>>> in a x4, x8, or x16 slot and so forth.
>>>>
>>>> Jamie
>>>>
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