Yayyyy, I can finally join the ranks!
SERVER 1: IBM x3650 M2
DISK ENCLOSURE: Dell MD1000
CPU: (2x) Intel Xeon L5630
RAM: 96GB ECC DDR3L (6 x 16GB)
RAID CARD 1: HP H221 HBA
HDD 1: 2x 300GB 10k SAS - IBM branded
HDD 2: 14x 1TB SAS - Dell Barracuda ES.2 (Seagate rebrand)
Software and Configuration:
The IBM server is running VMware ESXi 6.0, and I have FreeNAS 9.10 running in a VM. The boot drive is
a virtual disk, but the FreeNAS VM has a PCIe passed-through HP H221 HBA (LSI 9207-8E rebrand),
which is then connected to the Dell MD1000 chassis. For those wondering if FreeNAS is able to be
virtualised; if used in this kind of fashion, then yeah totally! There has been many discussions of whether
or not virtualised FreeNAS is recommended, but that's only because people do it wrong. ZFS needs
hardware access to the drives (hence why people use 'IT mode' RAID cards, otherwise known as HBAs,
or host bus adapters) and with used with PCIe passthrough, FreeNAS doesn't know the difference!
Anywho, to the storage details I have the disks split into two arrays, one RAIDZ2 array of 10 1TB
drives, then another 4 1TB drives in a RAID10.
The RAIDZ2 array is to be a general purpose NAS. Media, documents and whatever is stored there.
The RAID10 is a dedicated NFS storage array for my hypervisors. I have other servers with various
different hypervisors that are going to use it for shared storage.
No backup solution as of yet. Most of us Aussies don't have the luxury of fast connections for mass cloud
backup, so I'm likely leaning toward an LTO-4 tape backup solution for now since it's getting so cheap.
Cloud for important stuff like documents and photos should be fine though.
I did have a 15th drive in the arrray as a hotspare for the RAIDZ2, but I had a RAID10 disk failure literally
this week. So I used the hotspare to replace the failed drive, hence the one empty drive bay in the photo.
The whole setup is pretty much brand new. I haven't started loading all of my media to it just yet. My
datahoarding days have only just begun
Ignore the Dell C6100 in the middle, it's not a NAS It's a pretty neat piece of kit though! The hypervisors
installed on it's nodes are what I plan on using the NFS RAID10 for.