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

Dan Graham grahadan at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 20:13:25 PDT 2012


Insofar as raid on usb I could not say as I've never tried it. But as you
say speed for boot/root is not a factor for a server box. IO on your
storage array is. Despite the use of usb it still boots pretty quick as it
has a minimal Debian build.
If you decide to try it feel free to contact me if you need a hand.

Cya, Dan

On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 9:03 PM, Dan Graham <grahadan at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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