Darking

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    It has arrived!

    Well i must admit i was actually looking at the Opteron CPU and Motherboard, but decided against it since i wanted to spend less, not more on that side of the system. In reality i doubt i'll ever use the cpu to its full advantage execpt with D²OL maybe. In denmark atleast the Opteron is still around 100$ more expensive than a Xeon. Darking
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    It has arrived!

    I might be old fashioned, but for servers i go Intel. Thats just the way its ment to be regarding D²OL , it doesnt seem to work behind our firewall, tho i havnt actually looked that much into why it doesnt. Darking
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    It has arrived!

    well they cost alot more than a single 660watt. about 2-3 times as much here. if that one cant deliver, im just gonna return it, i was promised it shouldnt be a problem. Darking
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    It has arrived!

    as far as i can see it has 4 12 volt rails, each giving between 14 and 18A's.. So it should be enough. Darking
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    It has arrived!

    Im a systems administrator/network administrator at a smaller (350 ppl) company in denmark. its mostly gonna be flat files of databases. Veritas backup exec is the program of choice. And my boss didnt want to buy a 100K SAN solution(wich wouldnt have given half the storage capacity), so i said id' try to do it for 10K, its more of an experiement than anything else... size over performance, thus SATA And i will test them all trust me Darking
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    It has arrived!

    Backup of Pr0n Nah its for backup-to-disk, so i can make faster restores of a pretty fast growing backup system (tape systems are sooo slow), itll still have a tape station connected, but it'll only be used once a week. 300gb backups a day, incremental or differental backups not wanted. btw it costs about 10.000 USD all in all i guess. 75.000 Dkr. Darking
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    It has arrived!

    Its in the mail, a Enermax Eg851ax-vh 660 Watt EPS Powersupply. I kinda decided that i didnt need redundant powersupply, so im planning to kick out the old 400watt atx, which doesnt even follow EPS specifications. The list is as follow: 1 x Intel 2.8ghz Xeon 1 x Intel SE7501BR1 Motherboard 2 x 1 GB Kingston PC2100 ECC 16 x 200GB Maxtor +9 SATA disks (one in spare in case of a raid5 failure) 2 x 36 GB Maxtor Atlas IV 10K 2 x 3Ware Escalade 8506-8 6 x 3Ware RDC300-SATA, 3 in 2 drivecases. 1 x Chieftec JS2000 servercase 1 x plextor CD-rom drive. 1 x 3000VA UPS (old used compaq) Pictures will arrive here as i get the things in the mail, and assemble the beast. If all goes well i will have it assembled at around the 3-4th of November. Darking
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    Streamer Software for SONY AIT

    Im 99% sure you can just use NTbackup. (start - run - ntbackup) as long as windows can "see" the drive, its no biggy, might require a driver but thats it. if using veritas and such, their drivers are needed, but they can be found on their website. No reason to switch to Linux just for backup, windows works just fine. Darking
  9. Hello All. Ive bought an old Chieftec JS2000 case, with a redundant 400 watt powersupply ATX. The problem im having is i want to use a new Xeon mother board with it, and i dont want to replace the power supply. As far as i can tell all newer Xeon motherboards use a 24 pin connector and a 8 pin connector for power.. My powersupply only have 20 Pin connector and a 6 pin AUX connector. ive gotten hold of a 12 volt 4pin connector (P4)... but what do i do?? A guy i know told me that it should work fine, as long as i put the 20 pin connector in the first 20 pins, or find a 20 to 24 pin converter. But what about the 8pin connector??? Anyone tried this procedure Darking
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    Trouble with Powersupply

    hmmm just found the model number, and im getting a bit worried, maybe i need to buy one anyways Its a seasonic SR-400 Powersupply with two SR-400SU units in. Powersupply PDF Ah well have to test it and see if its gonnna boot or not Darking
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    Trouble with Powersupply

    easy to check, pull one out, and see if your disks still run I dont recall the spec's on the seasonic, but it was pretty nasty if i recall. and btw. a good powersupply costs _atleast_ as much as a xeon board. Oh gawd the pain ive had trying to find something as simple as a SATA hotswap 3in2 case, its plain out sick the time ive spent, i hate Denmark when it comes to buy "not off the rack" sorta hardware :/ Im gonna save some money on the HDD's (2K$ infact) by buying 200GB Maxtor disks instead of 250GB wd disks.. the money i save actually lets me by a new power supply and 4 addiditional disks, wich covers the loss i got from going from 250GB to 200GB disks.. insane. Darking
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    Trouble with Powersupply

    Im a bit curious to your PSU.. is it redundant? or does it give you 920W total? What model is it? Ive thought about changing the PSU to something newer, but im not sure what to look for. And its a really sweet case just dunno yet, if i will buy 18 SATA hotswap modules, or try to find someone who makes 3in2 modules Darking
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    Trouble with Powersupply

    Well i havnt gotten a board yet, but as far as i can see almost all Intel Xeon dual boards use those connectors, if its EPS or not i dont know. The powersupply is 2x400Watt (seasonic)load sharing as far as i can see.. with 250Watt out of the 5 and 3.3Vs... seems like a pretty good PSU, i havnt paid for the thing yet, and i need _alot_ of disks in the case, so im a bit worried its not enough power. maybe i should return it and get one with a 2x810Watt EPS enabled instead.... its just 3 times the price :/ Darking
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    What drive(s) for ImageProcessing

    none other than doing a format after youve done editing the files... or having the program you use reserve up the filespace needed for the entire file in one big turn(wich im pretty sure you cant). Ive tested diskeeper 8.0 pro, and its ok fast for defragging, but there's no way to avoid fragmentiation when writing and reading files all the time Darking
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    Case Mod people?

    Here in denmark its still very common to meet with your friends at the local gaming Café, ive just gotten too old (25) to hang around with teens, they tend to annoy me more than they do good There's still _alot_ of people out there playing things like battlefield 1942 and Counterstrike.. and with Halflife 2 and Doom 3 on their way im sure a new wave of gamers will come too. (hope you got Radeon cards in those machine, from what ive seen tests with Halflife 2 engine) Its just a matter of making your center unique, Sorta like boomtown made it here in denmark. Boomtown Centers with 100+ machines, comfy chairs and a good safe atmosphere and a good concept. Darking
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    Case Mod people?

    Ah cool enough, as long as its not speakers only, would drive one crazy
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    Case Mod people?

    Now im not really that much of a Gaming center gamer.. But im a bit puzzled by your choice of using speakers! The noise will be unbearable, cause i doubt everyone will be playing the same games at the same time. A good set of headphones, maybe with a Mic on them. would be much better.. and you can spend some money for a nice Stereo to play music on for the whole gaming center. IMHO that is a much better solution. Darking
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    10/100*/1000 NIC's

    No with a switch that doesnt support jumbo frames, you just dont get as good performance. ive tested a gbit card on our Procurve 4108GL wich doesnt support jumbo frames, and throughput was around 700mbit... and ive read that you can suspect 900+mbit transfer rates using Jumbo Frames. Also Not using Jumbo frames means higher Utilization of the CPU.. More packets pr sec VS. bigger packets pr sec. the latter will always be the faster Darking
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    Serial ATA RAID 5 controller

    Your best bet for a controller is the 3ware Escalade 8506 series. They come in 4, 8 and 12 port cards, running PCI-X 66mhz 64bit. As for performance i dont really know, i havnt seen any tests of the new cards with many drives in raid 5, only benchy ive seen was a 2 drive Raid 1 and 0 bench, wich is rather uninterresting. Ofcause the SCSI is more tried and tested than the SATA standard, its pretty obvious when you think about it... But for small to midrange datastorage servers, where you need _alot_ of capacity cheaply there isnt really an alternative.. Yes you can go with PATA too but i find any good reasons why to do so... the cables are much bigger and shorter, and potentially the speed of SATA is faster. Im just about to buy some 8506-8 cards myself, and im still hoping to find a test of the raid 5 performance sooner or later. Else im gonna make them myself 3ware can be found at the following address: 3ware escalade controllers Darking
  20. hehe kinda funny you mentioned the 12Gigs of ram.. A Consultant of ours, adviced me i should if possible install as much Memory in the server as the database is in size... problem is the database is 36 gigs + logs. And a compaq DL580 G1 "only" supports 16 GB RAM. I suppose on smaller databases that might be a good solution if you want lightning fast search speeds. SQL enterprise with AWE enabled supports up to 64GB of Memory... Ahh the joys of administrating servers, ey Darking
  21. ofcause.. Thats why You have PAE Physical Address Extensions. It allows Windows 2000 Advanced and Datacenter server (and 2003 models) to use more than 4 GB RAM. This friday i added 4 GB RAM to one of our sql servers, totalling 5.5 GB memory. All i had to do is edit the boot.ini file and add the /3g /pae paramters after the /fastdetect one in the file. works like a charm. CPU usage will be slightly higher when using PAE, but its 1-2% and on multiprocessor systems, you wont feel it. What you will feel is the speed increase as soon as AWE is enabled on the SQL enterprise server Darking
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    3ware 7506-12

    Actually the Array limit size of the 7506 and 8506 series is 3 GB. And the largest casing ive seen holds 24 SATA/PATA disks in 5U.
  23. Yes they were. It was greyed out at the performance radio button. The first screenshot was without any activation of anything.. The second was with write caching activated (gave alot lower performance in atto) and the third was with the activated settings. The second setting puzzles me a bit, but it might be a driver issue or something? Darking
  24. Well its the onboard LSI crap controller. and i Mean CRAP It takes _forever_ to rebuild a mirror with it. Darking
  25. I decided i wanted to test those features on one of our ibm servers. The configuration is as follows: IBM xseries 335, 2x 2.0Ghz XEON HT, 2.5GB ram, 2x IBM SCSI Ultra160 disks 10.000RPM running Raid1 Before i changed any of the standard settings for the SCSI drive. After i set the function to enable write cache After i set the advanced setting(advices you to have a ups on the machine) all i can say is.. WOW what a difference. Darking