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Storage Server Rebuild
« on: March 16, 2013, 09:57:58 pm »
I built my first flexRaid system approximately 1 year ago. Running on Windows Storage Server 2008. The Box was a lowly Core 2 Duo with 4GB of Ram. 1TB boot drive and 5 1TB drives for Raid + Pooling. The system has over the year grown to additionally include 14 2TB drives in E-Sata enclosures. This system has now run it's course and no longer meets my needs. The old hardware was also not entirely rack friendly.
Old Case

E-Sata Enclosures

Server and Enclosures in rack

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Re: Storage Server Rebuild
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2013, 09:58:25 pm »
I recently retired an MS Exchange server I was hosting for a client and have decided to re-use the hardware as the basis for a storage box.
Recovered Hardware Specs:
Norco RPC-450B
Asus P5BV-C/4L
Intel Xeon X3220
8GB ECC Memory



I wanted all drive bays in the new build to be hot-swap to facilitate drive replacement without requiring a system shutdown.
I recovered the SuperMicro CSE-M35T-1B 5 bay hot-swap enclosure from the old storage server

Additionally I added 2 Norco SS-500 5 bay enclosures to the case
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Re: Storage Server Rebuild
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2013, 09:59:08 pm »
Of course 15 bays isn't nearly enough  :D so i added a 16 bay SAS/SATA enclosure (SGI 3U Omnistor SE3016) Cheap on Ebay


To control all these drives I added an IBM ServeRAID M1015 and a CHENBRO 28 Port SAS Expander Card

Thankfully I have lots of left over SFF-8087 to sata and SFF-8087 to SFF-8087 cables from customer builds so I didn't need to buy any of those.


The new server will have Server 2012 Standard as the OS
2 new 1TB WD Red drives in Raid 1 for the OS
2 new 3TB WD Red drives as the PPU drives replacing the old 1TB drives
16  original 2TB drives from the old server mixture of WD Green and Seagate Green/LP drives
3 new 2TB WD Red drives
2 2TB Samsung drives I had laying about
This will leave me 6 open drive bays for expansion before I have to start replacing 2TB drives with 3 or 4 TB drives
I will have 40-42 TB of storage depending on how you do your drive math. Which will give me 10TB more space than before as I was down to only 4TB free that should give me a bit of time to grow.
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Re: Storage Server Rebuild
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2013, 10:47:33 pm »
Unfortunately the SGI enclosure has front mounted SFF-8088 ports so I would have needed a rather long cable to reach to the Chenbro card on the back of the case. Additionally since the enclosure has a built in expander I didn't want to add any overhead by running the disk through a second expander and pass it through the Chenbro card. So I picked up a Koutech IO-SFF881 SFF-8087 to SFF-8088 converter.


Since the RPC-450 obviously doesn't have a SCSI expansion interface port on the front to mount that card to and the door on the front of the case covers it completely some surgery was required.

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Re: Storage Server Rebuild
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2013, 11:09:54 pm »
All put together and ready for testing. Each drive bay is labelled with the corresponding number from MegaRaid Storage Manager for easy indentification later

All closed up the SFF-8088 cable is kinda long but necessary so that the server can be slid out on it's rails


Time now for OS loading and the long process of Parity Computation
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Re: Storage Server Rebuild
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