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About Mikensan

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  1. SSD for VM server

    How about newegg? https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5AD6SX3928&cm_re=Pm863_960-_-20-147-415-_-Product
  2. HP DL180 G6 Freenas setup

    Well keep in mind it's for figuring out what the issue is, and like I mentioned can be used later to connect your SSDs. http://a.co/iiS5zb4 If you can get it cheaper than $9 I'd suggest doing so. For testing, cheaper is better. You only need 1, since you technically will eventually only have 1 port left on your LSI card.
  3. SSD for VM server

    If you can put an HBA instead of a RAID controller (or if the controller supports it, IT mode) and let the O/S handle TRIM / garbage collection for the SSDs, that's fine to do. At least you would put your heavy I/O VMs on the SSDs and things like a domain controller or appliances that run in RAM (firewalls) on spinners. However if you plan to use a Perc 6 or H700, I'd advise against using SSDs. Also if your hypervisor supports it, boot off of a USB stick, or if the R710 has it, micro-SD. Open the lid and look towards the front of the case, might be a USB port and MicroSD slot.
  4. Pfsense email spam?

    Unfortunately as of 2.4.2 I do not see any available spam filter packages (assuming you mean spam mail). There used to be 1 or 2 packages available, guess they never got updated. Otherwise since this is BSD you could try to manually install a BSD package via pkg. https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Installing_FreeBSD_Packages Ideally you'd want to separate out such services when possible though. Security wise, the less your firewall does the fewer vulnerabilities there are. Possibly look at hosting the spam filter on your mail server.
  5. Probox Media Storage Or 45Drives 15 Bay Storinator

    Just for your awareness, even if the server is connected over IP, you can still use your personal desktop to host "Universal Media Server". Create a SMB/CIFS share, attached it to your desktop, and point UMS to it. However if your new solution can host it independently, no reason not to.
  6. Redundant storage server for movie editing

    @leadeater I read somewhere it's mainly because of the Samsung SSD's shitty 4k speeds, which I'm not sure how it plays into all of this. My datastore within esxi is set for 1mb block size, and my zfs is set the the default (128k or 512k I believe). Like @dalekphalm I'm ultimately switching to mirrord vdevs at some point, when I did RaidZ1 I just didn't know the limitations of parity based arrays limiting IOPS to a single disk's ability.
  7. Redundant storage server for movie editing

    Honestly I got lucky, it was a 120gb (128gb?) Intel SSD I had laying around. I don't know the model off the top of my head, I'll have a look when I get home. I have 3 Samsung 850 Evos, 500gb I've used in various configurations (Striped 2 disks, used 1 for SLOG, striped all 3, RaidZ1 all 3 etc..) and using NFS (100% sync writes) it under performed my spinner array with the intel ssd. Just outright terrible performance (50-60mbyte/s iirc). So now I use iSCSI with the 3 striped so it at least uses async writes mostly and with other VMs running etc... I can get 800mbyte/s in crystalmark inside a vm. I just prefer NFS for my datastores, can manipulate the files directly from the NAS and get a clearer picture of free space from the NAS.
  8. HP DL180 G6 Freenas setup

    lol I have a set of reverse breakout that I have never used (because in my lack of experience, I didn't know there were different ones lol).
  9. HP DL180 G6 Freenas setup

    Yea a breakout cable would definitely help in the process of elimination. Plus you can use it in the future if you want to add a SSD or two internally and give the SSD(s) their own channels off the second port on the card. So it ends up being useful :-)
  10. HP DL180 G6 Freenas setup

    Just for shits and giggles, install windows. At the very least rule out where the issue is (if the 9211 is in IT mode you'll see all the disks without any drivers). Simply trying to install windows should tell you right off the cuff if there's an issue with either the 9211 or backplane. Don't throw a rock at me, but did you check the backplane has all the power it needs? With 12 drives I suspect it needs both 1 and 9 power connectors.
  11. Redundant storage server for movie editing

    Just a quick question about your current 10gbit card, is it sfp+ or copper? When you go to buy your 10gb card for the NAS, just make sure you get the right SFP+ module. I think I got a mellanox 10gb card + DAC (direct attached cable) for $24, which if you buy the SFP+ separate is going to cost about $20 anyway. Ultimately it might be cheaper to just buy another mellanox card for your workstation and use a DAC. If you plan on expanding your 10gb network, Ubiquiti makes a SFP+ switch which is nice: https://www.ubnt.com/edgemax/edgeswitch-16-xg/ There's a lot of variables that go into disk speed and what you'll see. Personally with 5 disks in RaidZ2 I am able to get 400mbyte/s (ish) (32gb of RAM, SLC SSD SLOG). Wanting speeds over 1gbit, I'd definitely suggesting getting as much RAM as your budget and board allows, possibly even set aside a little bit for a SSD to use for SLOG in case you aren't getting the speeds you want. One other thing that's common (that linus does as well) is using an SSD array for active projects, and spinners for storage.
  12. Owncloud or nextcloud will solve that issue for you. I tried out Owncloud a while back, only problem I hit was they left the default php file size limit so you couldn't upload files larger than 1gb I think it was. Nextcloud seems to have addressed it. It's a quick fix but just one more than to worry about. Nextcloud also support letsencrypt, so you can keep your nosy ISP out of your business ;-).
  13. Glad you got it working! I think the guide I sent covers EFI and it's only 3 commands long as well, very simple. Whichever environment you can get into to run sas2flash works equally well. Ultimately all that matters is getting that bios on safely so you can rock on. Keep us up to date on your build man, have fun!
  14. One more source just in case. https://digitalcardboard.com/blog/2014/07/09/flashing-it-firmware-to-the-lsi-sas-9211-8i-hba-2014-efi-recipe/ Unfortunately the website I had bookmarked for downloads removed the page, but here it is on the wayback machine... https://web.archive.org/web/20160304192032/http://www.avagotech.com/products/server-storage/host-bus-adapters/sas-9211-8i Click downloads, and you should be able to download what you need.
  15. Which VMs to use on ESXi?

    I don't know a lot about GNS3 honestly, just saw on their site that the minimum requirement was 4gb, which I figured would be enough to get started.