Friday, August 19, 2011


I'm going to start off by detailing my equipment. This serves two purposes. First, I put a lot of time and effort into putting my systems together so I want to show them off a little. Second, and far more importantly, is to inform others of what I'm working with so if I have a problem that is hardware related others might be able to spot it. Here's my work space, you'll probably need to click it and make it larger to see the text.

And here's a photo of the server with the LCD console out.

I don't normally run the GUI on the server but my RAID card's storage manager program is much easier to deal with in GUI form and I'm expanding my RAID 5 array. That brings me to the stats.

-openSUSE 11.4 defaulting to runlevel 3 (it boots to a command line)
-Norco RPC-4020 4U Server Case w/ 20 Hot-Swappable SATA/SAS Drive Bays
Corsair Professional Series Gold High Performance 750-Watt Power Supply CMPSU-750AX
-12x 4GB DDR3 @1333 MHz RDIMM
ASUS Motherboard KGPE-D16 with ASMB4-IKVM card
-2x AMD Opteron 6128 (16 physical cores @ 2.0GHz)
-OCZ 30GB Vertex Turbo Series SSD OCZSSD2-1VTXT30G (for the OS)
-Adaptec Raid 5805Z running 6x Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT in RAID 5 ext4 array (five in array & one hotspare making 7.266 usable TBs) mounted at /srv
Lite ON 8X DVDRW Slim Internal
-ATEN CL1000M 17" SingleRail LCD Integrated Console (on rack)

You might be wondering why I payed for the LCD console when I have a several computer monitors mere feet away. Well, for one, the server rack will probably change locations. Two, I intend to add on to the rack with a dedicated firewall system shortly which will share a KVM switch with the server. Now to the desktop.

Desktop 1:
-Windows 7
-NZXT TEMPEST Enthusiast Steel ATX Midtower
Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply
CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 8GB ( 4 X 2GB ) PC3-10666 1333MHz DDR3
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula - AM3 - AMD 890FX - DDR3 - Republic of Gamers - ATX Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8 GHz Six-Core Processor (Overclocked to 3.5 GHz)
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5
-Corsair Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (CWCH80)
Intel 510 Series 120GB SATA SSD (for OS and programs)
-Western Digital Scorpio 2.5-Inch 500 GB SATA (for storage)

Desktop 2 is a cannibalized system that used to be my main desktop but now runs openSUSE 11.4. It's my network slave for use in testing. It's stats aren't really worth mentioning. The netbook is running openSUSE 11.4 and if you want to see it's stats you can just look up the HP-Mini 210.

Oh, I almost forgot the Home Theater PC.

-Windows 7 (tried running Ubuntu but I just couldn't get all my movie files to play well)
Apex MI-100 4BAY Desktop Mitx
Diablotek 380-Watt Micro ATX Power Supply PHD380M
Corsair 4 GB Memory Kit 1333mhz DDR3
ZOTAC LGA 1156 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard H55ITX-A-E
-Intel Core I3-540 3.06GHz 4MB LGA1156 CPU
Sapphire Radeon HD4550 512 MB DDR3 Video Card
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 7200RPM HDD

Not sure why I bothered with 500GB since it only streams off the network anyway, but oh well. The blue antenna thing thing hanging out in front there is a wireless antenna. Between that and the wireless extender coming off my router I get five solid bars of wireless N signal. Not an easy feat here in Italy due to the fact that their walls are cinder block, concrete and steel. Although my computer room and the living room the HTPC resides in are no more than 50ft from each other, I couldn't get more than three bars of signal until I added the extender and the antenna. This might seem trivial but with just three bars I was getting a lot of stuttering when streaming HD video content over the network. In my last place I just ran Cat5 to it but due to Italian construction that just wasn't feasible here.

That's it, I promise. At least for now... I'll be adding another system to the rack when I get a chance that will act as a dedicated firewall. I need to become more proficient at IPtables before I do that, but more about that later. Like my systems? Think they're poorly designed and terrible? Either way, comment and let me know!

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