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JayP-NAS 2.0 – A Real Home Server, Part 2.2: Benchmarking

Whenever building a new system that’s going to run 24/7, I highly recommend running it through it’s paces early on. You need to figure out if any hardware is DOA or a lemon. You also need to figure out how things will run: speeds you’ll be expecting, how hot things will get, etc. In this part of JayP-NAS 2.0 – A Real Home Server, we’ll be reviewing the major steps of benchmarking the new server I built. Many of these steps are very portable to other hardware, software platforms, etc.

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Posted by JP Powers in Home Server, Tech

JayP-NAS 2.0 – A Real Home Server, Part 2.1: BIOS Updates, IPMI, and other basics

The big reason I picked the motherboard I did was IPMI support. Remote management will allow me to only run power, networking, and a USB device or two into the server, but still allow me to have a visual of what the server would be outputting via iKVM, reboot or shut it down remotely if the OS hangs, control fan speeds at a BIOS remotely, among other things. IPMI can be a bit of a security risk, but it also makes managing things so much easier. Continue reading →

Posted by JP Powers in Home Server, Tech
JayP NAS 2.0 – A Real Home Server, Part 1: The Hardware

JayP NAS 2.0 – A Real Home Server, Part 1: The Hardware

I’ve been running a homebrewed NAS for a few years now. You can read more about that system here. It’s now running out of storage space and I’m really missing a handful of real server features, so I’m currently in the act of building a new home server. I plan on doing 3 articles here about this whole process. Part 1 will be going over the hardware and will include some pictures of the machine. Part 2 will be explaining the plan for getting that hardware running, such as making sure BIOS/firmware is up to date, stress testing things, why I picked the OS and RAID solution I did, etc. Then Part 3 will be putting it all together: installing the OS, setting up the RAID, copying data from the old to the new system, setting up the software.

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Posted by JP Powers in Home Server, Tech