She liiiives! Installing TrueNAS now, featuring @belee. Filled up the DIMM slots with 192GB don’t think I need a swap partition, no…
Also she’s actually super quiet! Which is fantastic. No worries about running her in the living room anymore.
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Update: I updated all the firmwares for the storage controller and stuff but this model (HP 420i array controller) doesn’t support HBA mode (except that apparently some people have forced it into that mode?? Weird but worth investigating).
My next problem is that the 6TB SAS HDDs just aren’t showing up on it. The backplane is definitely designed for SAS, but they might be too big or something? Going to borrow a smaller SAS drive today to confirm that gets detected.
That still wouldn’t solve the problem though, so I think I’ll be bypassing the built-in controller for an LSI PCIe card and connecting that directly to the backplanes. I only need one 8i card for the 12 slots because one of the backplanes is an active SAS expander (that’s how HP fits them). Will probably need longer mini-SAS cables so might end up hunting for one of those to ‘borrow’ as well.
In better news, I picked up a pair of E5-2630v2 CPUs to replace the single E5-2609v1 that’s installed. Hyperthreading + faster cores.
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