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About TopHatProductions115

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    Destroyer of Universes

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    Edge of the Void
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    Hat of Destruction


  • CPU
    2x Intel Xeon X5680's
  • Motherboard
    Dell 6FW8P + H236F OEM Motherboard
  • RAM
    48GB (12x4GB) DDR3-1333 PC3-10600R ECC
  • GPU
    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • Case
    Dell Precision T7500 (OEM)
  • Storage
    (4x2TB) HITACHI HUA722020ALA330 HDDs
  • PSU
    Dell W301G H1100EF-00
  • Display(s)
    MSI Optix MAG24C
  • Cooling
    Dell Precision OEM cooling shroud(s)
  • Keyboard
    Logitech K120
  • Mouse
    Logitech M325
  • Sound
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS SB0350
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Laptop
    Black Apple MacBook (2008) + HP EliteBook 8770w
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  1. Official Project Personal Datacentre Build for 2020/2021...


    Okay - there's a new option for if I can't get the LGA2011-0 Xeons (E5-2600 v2's) on the table. It's cheap, scalable, and works with a lot of parts that I already own (including a pair of LGA1567 Xeons that I got for under 20 USD). The only downsides are that I can't use 3.5-inch HDDs with it, and that it's from HP/HPE. @Ithanul summoning you for your opinion on this machine - while it appears to be much better than the last option I saw from them (especially for under 300 USD barebones), still may have other issues to contend with. Yes, it's a server - I can handle the noise. This is meant to act as a replacement for my current workstation (in addition to other machines/roles). Currently a part of Project Datacentre Evolution...

    This is the final plan - no longer an if/conditional. And found a way to get the 3.5 inch HDDs working with the server :3



    PLAN 0 :: BETA


    CSE  :: HPE ProLiant DL580 G7
    CPU  :: 4x Intel Xeon E7-8870's (10c/20t each; 40c/80t total)
    RAM :: 128GB (32x4GB) DDR3-1333 PC3-10600R ECC 
    STR  :: 1x HP 518216-002 146GB HDD (ESXi, VMware Linux Appliance, System ISOs) + 

                            1x 500GB Seagate Video ST500VT003 HDD (Remote Development VM) + 

                            4x HP 507127-B21 300GB HDDs +

                            1x Western Digital WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB SSD (Virtual Flash) + 

                            1x Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW600G3 600GB SSD (also Virtual Flash)

                 1x LSI SAS 9201-16e HBA SAS card (4-HDD DAS) + 

                            1x Mini-SAS SFF-8088 to SATA Forward Breakout x4 cable + 

                            1x Kingwin MKS-435TL (4x 3.5in HDD cage) + 

                            4x IBM Storwize V7000 98Y3241 4TB HDDs

    PCIe :: 1x HP 512843-001/591196-001 System I/O board + 

                            1x HP 588137-B21591205-001/591204-001 PCIe Riser board
    GPU :: 1x nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB + 

                            2x 1x nVIDIA Tesla K10's
    SFX  ::  1x Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Rx

    NIC   ::  1x SolarFlare SFN5322F *

    FAN  ::  4x Arctic F9 PWM 92mm fans *

    PSU  ::  4x 1200W Server PSU's (HP 441830-001/438203-001)

    PRP  ::  1x Dell MS819 Wired Mouse

    ODD ::  1x Sony Optiarc BluRay drive



                1x 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator (replaced by a better option)

                1x Rosewill RASA-11001 (replaced by a better option)

                1x Mediasonic HT31-304 (replaced by a better option)

                1x TESmart HKS0401A KVM Switch (eliminated due to current GPU choices)

                1x HP NC524SFP Dual-port wired NIC or (both eliminated due to reliability/quality concerns)

                            1x HPE NC522SFP Dual-port wired NIC

                1x AMD FirePro S9300 X2's (SR-IOV (eliminated due to poor availability and pricing)


    NOTE :: All other components (PSUs, heatsinks, etc.) provided by OEM. Items in the OTR category (currently empty - replaced by PRP) are non-essential items, that have a decent likelihood of being purchased. This is compared to the optional/cancelled items in the spoiler directly above, which have a lower likelihood of being considered over time.


    * Parts that have been acquired, but may require modifications/configuration changes to work. As of now, the fans aren't required for functionality. They were meant to help quiet the server down, but require pin-out modification to work. This part can wait.



    Project New Client is still active, and has even had purchases put toward it recently. It is very likely that this will run in parallel with the server project for the forseeable future. The software configuration details I posted last time have changed significantly:

    Services/roles that are still under consideration/haven't been allocated yet include (in order of decreasing priority):


    Temporary task that will be replaced by a permanent, self-hosted solution

    ** Can benefit from port forwarding, but will be primarily tunnel-bound

    ^  Tunnel-bound (VPN/SSH) role - not port forwarded/exposed to the Internet

    + Active Directory enabled - Single Sign On (SSO)



    On the other hand, there are certain tools that all VMs will possibly be equipped with. Some of those tools include:



    And those that will possibly be shared through Horizon, for a seamless experience:



    I think the following distribution of resources should work:

    • VMware NIX Appliance     :: 24/7 - true,  dedicatedHDD - false, dedicatedGPU -  false,      2c/4t + 10GB
    • Temporary/Testing VM     :: 24/7 - false,  dedicatedHDD - false, dedicatedGPU -  true,  12c/24t + 32GB *
    • Windows  Server  2016     :: 24/7 - true,  dedicatedHDD - true,  dedicatedGPU -  false,    8c/16t + 12-16GB
    • macOS Server 10.14.X      :: 24/7 - true,  dedicatedHDD -  true,  dedicatedGPU -  true,    8c/16t + 12-16GB
    • Artix Linux - Xfce ISO       :: 24/7 - true,   dedicatedHDD - true,  dedicatedGPU -  false,    8c/16t + 12GB
    • Windows 10 Enterprise    :: 24/7 - false,  dedicatedHDD - true,  dedicatedGPU -  true,  12c/24t + 32GB *
    • Remote Development VM :: 24/7 - false, dedicatedHDD -  true,  dedicatedGPU -  true,  12c/24t + 32GB *



    A small amount of thin provisioning/overbooking (RAM only) won't hurt, as long as I don't try using more than one 12-core VM at a time (there's no need to - just pause and switch). MacOS and Linux would have gotten Radeon/FirePro (ie., Rx Vega 64), for best compatibility and stability, but market forces have prevented this. Windows Server 2016 can have the server's on-board audio. Windows 10 gets the Audigy Rx and whatever GPU I can give it (GTX 1060 6GB). The MacOS and Linux VMs get whatever audio the Tesla K10's provide (either that or a software solution). The whole purpose behind NextCloud is to phase out the use of Google Drive/Photos, iCloud, Box.com, and other externally-hosted cloud services (Mega can stay though). Windows 10, Remote Development, and the Temp/Testing VM will be put to sleep (or offed) until they are needed (Wake on LAN), since they don't host any essential services. The reason for why I'm doing this.



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      The VMware mirror for this project has been reopened. If you have any questions, feel free to DM me. Just got a new GPU in the mail, which may end up replacing the GTX 1060 6GB. Still troubleshooting this issue...

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