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Well, this is my first post on my new server that is. I did a complete rebuild and a new OS. So this is now running on a fresh instance of Windows server 2016 instead of the old Ubuntu LTS 14.4. It not that I had anything wrong with the old Trusty Tahr, (aside from the usual I don’t know what I’m doing with linux…) But its time to step up and learn some better server software so I can better do the IT part of my job.
Whats pushed me into this is the fact that at work, I
have had an old server. It was a 2008 era storage server with a single volume 8tb RAID 5 for data and a RAID 1 for the OS. It was an antique. I didn’t build it, I wasn’t even around when it was built. Well, there was finally a bad day for the server. I lost a data drive and an OS drive within a week. So emergency protocols went into affect.
I’ve long been talking about needing some real storage, or at least current storage. So I’ve been specing out a server. I’ve looked at all the prebuilts and the cost is a bit out of my small company’s range. So I’m looking at building.
Currently looking at a supermicro board with 32gb of ram, a Xeon-D 1518 and 18 8Tb storage drives with 2 OS SSDs. The total storage looks like a 64TB RAID 6, a 24.5TB RAID 1, and a 8TB RAID 1, and a 512GB RAID 1. This gives us a fast OS, Reliable Deep storage, Fast recent storage, redundant webserve. It looks to be a pretty hefty machine.
Well, the real stumbling block here is my lack of knowledge when it comes to Windows Server. So. time to rebuild the home server.
Previously I was running 2 4tb drives and a 64gb ssd. I didn’t have any RAID or redundancy set up at all. Linux was, well, something I used because of its cost. I really never learned it properly.
So I did a rebuild of the architecture. I popped 4 4tb 2.5 inch drives into a 4 bank 5.5 adapter, this opened a bunch of room in my micro ITX case and has significantly dropped the heat. I’m still running the 64gb SSD as an OS disk. but as it is now I have 7.8TB in a RAID 10 (kind of, its a windows storage space so not really a RAID array) but its redundant and big!
Today really was about getting the server up and running, installing the remote features and getting my webhost back up. So its nice to be back up and live!