Home miniservok. Iron part

Published on March 06, 2013

Home miniservok. Iron part

    Once I was visited by the idea of ​​building a server for the home. Little quiet and fast. But somehow I quickly moved away from the idea - at the very initial stage - choosing a case with a large number of screw compartments. On this my fervor died away and I forgot about everything. But reading iron reviews after some time - I stumbled upon Fractal case reviews - and after reading the reviews on them, I realized that implementing the original idea is not so difficult. And so - I started assembling my home mini-servo.

    Let's start in order.

    The choice of components.
    After a little thought and reading the Intel website, I remembered that I came across a wonderful Intel AMT technology. The essence of the technology is that with the help of vnc it is possible to steal to a remote computer at the hardware level. In this regard, I uploaded the initial config:
    Mother with Intel vPro support - ASUS P8Q67-M DO / TPM.
    Prots - the most charged i5 Intel Core i5-3570 3.4 Ghz 6Mb cache on LGA 1155. Cooler Scythe Kozuti or Noctua NH-L9i. Just what I was looking for is quiet and low.
    Opera DDR3 Kingston 1600 MHz (KVR16N11 / 8) 8Gb two pieces.
    Power supply unit with cable management Chieftec APS-650C - recently I really like the products of this brand - excellent quality for reasonable money.
    Fractal Design Define R3 case, or Fractal Design Define R4, or Fractal Design Define Mini. Why they? They are soundproofed, and hold 8 3.5 disks (or 6 if the mini version). In general, I tend to mini - in principle, even 6 * 2 TB is more than enough for the future.
    Screws - something green (in raid 5 in the future) for 3 * 2Tb files to start with.
    OS on hardware - XenServer.

    And so it was the initial config. At the time of purchase, something had changed - and in the end I purchased:
    mother ASUS P8Q77-M2
    percent i5 Intel Core i5-3570
    opera Kingston 1600 MHz (KVR16N11 / 8) 8Gb two pieces
    cooler Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet
    power supply Chieftec APS-650C
    case Fractal Design The Define Mini
    screw was a 200 gig seagate to begin with.
    All the iron cost me about 20,000 rubles.
    Network, RAID, telephony.

    In the future, it is planned to buy a 2-port card, RAID controller, and a board for connecting an analog telephone line for asterisk.
    Iron reviews, assembly under the cat.

    And so - everything was bought. After that, the fun began - assembly =) And the assembly, as you know, begins with unpacking.

    So, in order - the mother of ASUS P8Q77-M2. We start with the box - the mother is in a small colorful box. Inside it we find the mother herself, io plug, instructions, disk and two sata cables. The package bundle, frankly, is minimal, but we don’t need more (except for sata wires by the number of ports). We get out and see what it is like. Let's start with the ports: two ps / 2, two dvi ( d and i ), 6 usb, two of them are 3rd version, network and sound. Nothing unusual, except for two dvi.

    We look further, the size of the mother itself mAtx. On it are 1 pci-e x16, one pci-e x4, two regular pci. Power supply according to the 24 + 8 scheme, the connectors are conveniently located. 6 sata ports (two white 3rd versions). There is also a connector for connecting usb 3.0 front panel. The layout of the elements is convenient - I personally have no complaints. Install the opera. After that, proceed to the cooler. The main selection criterion is noiselessness. Scope of delivery: mount for different sockets, backplate, fasteners, thermal grease and instructions. Install - installation is not difficult. Next we take the PSU. Contents of delivery. Power wire, instructions, peripheral wire fasteners (I see no reason to paint because I only need sata). Test assembly. We connect Monique, mouse, keyboard and network.

    Start with a paper clip. We configure and amt - and cut down Monique, Claudia, and the mouse. Voila! Only the network cable that is connected to the router is currently connected to the mother. We are connected via vnc - and ... we get full access even to the turned off hardware. Here, for example, we go into the BIOS: Well, now the most interesting thing is the assembly in the case! As usual, it all starts with the box, and it is big and heavy. Inside the case is wrapped in polyethylene and placed in foam spacers. We get it. I must say right away - I'm a fan of this design. Bonus: photo - bottom view - removable dust filter. Front view. View from above.

    Connectors: two usb 2.0, one usb 3.0, headphones, microphone and power button and indicator. I note right away that the audio wire was disconnected from the bracket with these connectors so as not to take up space. The front wall opens - it rests on magnets. The fan windows also open - they are latched. Reset button. 5.25 stubs are very well made. Rear panel The port panel of the motherboard. Additional slot for expansion cards. Holes for the water heater. The assembled server. I will say right away that cable management is very successful. SATA-connectors and all connectors of the case. I draw your attention to the fact that there is only one LED in the case: either power or screw activity - I have it as a power indicator.

    Power Supply. Motherboard power connector and usb 3.0 connector. Basket for 6 hard drives. If you want, you can rotate it. Slide for screws - suitable for 3.5 and 2.5 devices. Expansion card slots. Additional power to the motherboard. Window for backplate. Cable management will save the world! Access to the screws. The main place through which the bulk of the cables passed. Additional power to the motherboard. And now a test run. we connect power and a network. We turn on the button on the block, and the server starts automatically - I already set the power settings in bios. There is a contact!

    The server is XenServer. We look at VNC. Everything started successfully. Now go to XenCenter. I have already installed three test OSs. Everything works great. Well, the assembly is finished, now all this must be properly configured. But more about that another time. About noise: the system works silently. No, of course, you can hear it, but the home computer is much louder. In the next part I will talk about installing, configuring xen and the entire zoo of operating systems!