1st album from 1970 continues to defy pigeonholing into a specific genre although Cooder draws on folk blues for a lot of the material.
I have the original 74 UK vinyl, a later 70s US import - with additional track - and a CD I picked up in 98. This is one of my favourite albums of all time but a lot of people will never have heard of Roden. So I have put my headphones on and reprising something from last night - IMHO the best Robert Palmer album. In my previous Home Lab, a Dell PowerEdge 2950 III, I made use of local storage to provide datastores through to my ESX environment. I decided that along with building out my new Home Lab ESX server, I would build a new device that would be capable of managing my media collection and download tasks, as well as being a central storage SAN for my ESX environment. After much time researching my options, I formulated the following list of parts, which I purchased. This motherboard fills all the requirements I was looking for in a server class motherboard. I ended up picking up a cheap expansion card in the end as I wanted to add some additional disks that pushed me over the 6 connector capacity of the X9SCM. While waiting on the new parts to arrive I started researching what Operating System I was going to use to tie this system together.
In the end, I settled on FreeNAS, primarily as the support community seemed much more ‘alive’ than the rest, and in my experience of using FreeBSD based systems, I figure I will need all the help I could get! Update (29th December 2013) – I have updated pictures and power usage stats over here! Well that’s the SAN storage, network infrastructure and logistics in place for a new home lab, so now on to the fun part, building out the hypervisor. As I had to go for the slightly older Ivy Bridge architecture, this chip offered the correct ammount of cores and threads and runs a slightly lower TDP (69w) meaning hopefully it will stay a little cooler. This was a tough decision as I couldn’t decide whether or not to try a PicoPSU, since this box will be fairly light on power usage.
I bought a few of these when building my SAN so I would have some spare for new host servers.
Once I have the server in place and running ESX or Hyper-V, I will post the energy measurements.

ConfigMgr 2012 Query – All Domain Microsoft Windows Systems with Client and Endpoint Protection Installed. ConfigMgr 2012 Query – All Microsoft SQL 2012 Systems on Domain with Client Installed. This was fine and all, but it did not allow me to test any advanced features that are commonly associated with enterprise ESX environments, such as iSCSI, NFS, shared storage and replication etc. This would provide me with a single storage solution that would scale as I wanted to grow my Home Lab. As with all my other kit, this device was going to be placed under the stairs with zero air flow. I was originally planning on purchasing a lower end Ivy Bridge Xeon CPU as I didn’t require huge CPU resources, but to my surprise, despite being non-documented by Intel, this CPU fully supports ECC RAM when used with the chipset in the X9SCM motherboard. I went for ECC RAM in 16GB capacity as I was planing on trying out ZFS filesystems and from what I’ve read, the more the merrier with regard to how ZFS consumes memory. I trawled the internet to find one supported natively by FreeBSD, and this seemed to be the one.
At idle and most time during light operations, it sits at ~58 watts which is fantastic and exactly what I was hoping to achieve.
I appreciate the power stats are not scientific, but it gives you an idea of what can be acheived. Holiday season is fast approaching and I have been looking at a new project for the New Year. It offered me the ability to quickly stand up virtual systems for testing the latest Microsoft and Citrix software releases without the need for a complicated network or storage backend.
In my experience, having to shut down an entire domains worth of servers and fire them up each time I wanted to use them was not ideal. I originally had my heart set on the Haswell based Xeon chip, but finding a motherboard in the UK that supported the new 1150 CPU socket was extremely difficult. In the end though, I decided I should stick to what I know and plumped for this fully modular PSU, which should at least help out with air flow, only having the required cables attached. All being well, the parts should land on my doorstep prior to 1pm on the 23rd of December, leaving me a day to get building!
As a side note, I actually used this same board in my Home Lab server – really happy with it.

It runs a Marvell9120 chipset which according to this fantastic and concise article, would fully support FreeBSD. FreeNAS also supports Plugins, but I had great difficultly in getting them to work properly, so decided to create a single Jail and manually install all of my apps.
Keep you eyes peeled for an updated article once I have finished the build and configuration and have connected it to my Home Lab. The Codegen Case is great to work with due to it’s solid build and airflow appears to be great, especially with the drive caddy removed which allows the 120mm front fan to blow directly over the motherboard. As some of you may know, I’ve been running a Dell PowerEdge 2950 III for a year or so as my primary home lab server. Services would fail, DNS would trip over and I couldn’t reliably test some of the neat new features in ConfigMgr 2012 like Automatic Deployment Rules for Software Updates.
I also picked up what I consider to be the deal of 2013 – A ZyXEL GS1910-24 gigbait managed switch.
It has to be power efficient, I don’t want this thing sucking down 350 watts just like the PE 2950. It has plenty of cooling options and expandabiltty, although no disks or drives will be present in my home lab, so this should further increase the air flow inside the case. It may in fact pan out that I end up using a different OS in the future, but for now, FreeNAS seems to be a good choice. I also need it to be sufficiently cooled as it will be sitting in my rack under the stairs which is already starting to get warmer with the more devices I’m adding.
Not neccessarily a bad thing, this is the exact same motherboard I use in SAN and it is a great board. It also needs to be able to support additional dual port gigabit NIC cards as I intent to tie this to the SAN using iSCSI. It also directs the air out the rear of the case so there will be less hot air lingering around inside the case.
The rubber pins used to mount the fans were not compatible with the mounts and I ended up having to drill out holes and saw off some of the plastic holders.

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  1. 31.08.2014 at 10:40:50

    But the lack of unlimited storage means you'll need to monitor the third-party storage.

    Author: XESTE_USAQ
  2. 31.08.2014 at 16:59:34

    And of itself is not HIPAA compliant, but.

    Author: barawka
  3. 31.08.2014 at 15:21:16

    The study was the price-performance ratio.

    Author: Arzu
  4. 31.08.2014 at 22:53:57

    One is aimed at everybody and drive Terms of Use.

    Author: Prodigy
  5. 31.08.2014 at 11:46:23

    Tiers and options available gives its users 3 GB free.

    Author: DunHiLL