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Building a new'ish NAS

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:22 am
by blot0
I've been running an i5 NUC with an 8bay USB3 array for almost a year now, and while it works great for some reason proxmox on the NUC will not load UASP drivers for the storage and results is crazy CPU IOwait. This was an all-out attempt to get my power usage as low as possible without going all the way to a raspberry pi.

Tested with different OS's, had the same problem with Ubuntu and Debian but freenas picked it up correctly and loaded in the UASP support but unfortunately, I had some ZoL feature flags on the Zpool so will require copying off all the data, recreating the pool in freenas and copying it all back.
too much of a headache and I don't have that many spare drives around to do any data juggling.

I've missed my Dell R710 ever since I sold it and 100% regret it. Turns out the running 6-10 HDD's was pulling most of the power there has only been a 10-20w difference from the wall between the R710 and the NUC+HDD Dock combo.

Not very keen on rack mount gear taking up a lot of space, the middle ground will be to build up a new tower server.
I've got boatloads of DDR3 ECC ram, an E3-1240 v2. So I plan to build around that.

Bought a Supermicro X9SCM from the USA that's just arrived and a Dell H200 that I need to flash into IT mode.
For a Case I've settled on a Fractal Design R5 or R6, this seems to check all the boxes but I'm keeping an eagle eye on gumtree/eBay/facebook to try and get a second-hander. I have a Node 304 m-itx boards for LGA1155 just don't seem to exist, and getting my hands on something like an ASRock C2550D4i has been impossible.

The only thing left to pick up is a decent cooler for it, possibly something like a corsair h55 or $50 tower style cooler like one of the be quiet! Rock series should do the trick.

I'll throw up some pictures on the build process as I go!

Re: Building a new'ish NAS

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:57 pm
by blot0
In the end, I picked up a Be Quiet! Pure Rock cooler.
Thing is a beast and does a great job.
Some piece of mind not having to worry about the whole thing melting if the pump dies.

Still no permanent case, I have the motherboard stuffed it an old case with the SATA/power cables run out a hole in the side and all of the disks sitting on a shelf.
It's a bit ghetto, but it does the job. Currently looking for a Fractal Design Node 804 to house it all in.

Re: Building a new'ish NAS

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:08 am
by MaJ
How did you end up going with regards to power? I have an old HP microserver (since 2009) running FreeNAS that I need to replace, preferably something that uses less power but can still handle decent network throughput.

It's got 5 spinning drives in it and I would like to replace those with maybe 2 SSD's.

Re: Building a new'ish NAS

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:18 am
by blot0
Its not to bad, i think its sitting around 130w idle.
with router, switch and a raspberry pi the UPS i have is reporting around 160w total. It can bounce up closer to 200w is there is a lot of data being pushed around but that isnt very oftern.

i've been playing around with Kubernetes lately and migrated a few of my docker containers over to it, and i selfhost a lot of stuff now after degoogling which has me thinking about being able to support high uptime and failover. Maybe build a K8s cluster from Rpi4's or NUC's