Description

This machine will be a multi-purpose ESXi server that could both provide storage and computing for itself. It will host a NAS, pfsense(Firewall/IPS/Proxy/VPN) and some other virtual machines. I will be booting the hypervisor from a USB drive. This machine is very quiet the credit for which i give to Fractal case and Noctua fans.

  • The 6 x WD Red HDD will be allocated just to NAS with RAID 6.

  • The 2 x Kingston 120GB SDD will be allocated for installing napp-it mirroring the boot partition reducing chances of going down permanently. Setting up mirroring can be bit tricky. You might have to realign the disk slices so as to mirror it.

    NAME          STATE     READ WRITE CKSUM
    rpool         ONLINE       0     0     0
      mirror-0    ONLINE       0     0     0
        c2t0d0s0  ONLINE       0     0     0
        c2t1d0s0  ONLINE       0     0     0
    
  • The 1 x Samsung 240GB SSD will be used for installing VM's. This is actually passed to napp-it and provided to ESXi as an NFS share.

  • The Supermicro X10SL7-F is great for servers/workstations with built-in LSI controller, 8xSAS ports and IPMI.

  • One of the two on-board Ethernet port is attached to my modem that is working in bridged mode connected to PFSense VM as my default gateway. The other on-board Ethernet port and 4 Ethernet ports on Intel I350-T4 grouped together using LACP.

Notes:

  • There are only 6 SATA cables with motherboard so I had to buy 3 additional cables.

  • I installed the SSD'd using velcro. They reside in the 5.25" bay as you can see in the picture.

  • The power supply was a bit over sized due to which I was not able to add a fan on the bottom of the case. But still there are 7 case fans cooling the system.

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Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

What a strange looking CPU cooler at an angle.

Great job. Thumbs up. : )

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

lol that MB box deserves more than one +1....

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a really beautiful build... Loving the Noctua/Green PCB Combo <3 +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually been thinking about building a server- would be in a rack, though.

This is a great build, and that's possibly a LOT of stuff running off one machine.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Dem sata cables!!!11!!!!!one1!1!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

How good is that cpu cooler i am thinking about switching to it ?

+1 for server build and having a xeon in it XEONMASTERRACE!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Using it for the first time after reading positive comments about it. Its been only 1 day i installed this and still setting up the system. There is no real load right now but it looks promising.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the updated details on your storage setup. I'm building something nearly identical and it was very helpful.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that processor and it is a really nice choice, but it doesn't have an iGPU and your partslist doesn't have a dedicated GPU so how did you set this build up?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

He might be using the IPMI feature of the board. Which will allow the server to operate headless. Though the board does have an integrated video chipset and he might be using that in the pictures he took.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I only had to connect a monitor to the system once, just to install hypervisor. Now its just sitting connected to the network, managed by vsphere client. There wont be a need for a GPU. But for someone who wants to use this kind of system as a server as well as a workstation/desktop, GPU in pass-through mode can be assigned to that particular VM.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

So I just did a little digging but I found the motherboard has a graphics chip on board. It's absolute garbage but it will connect a NAS to a monitor to set it up but won't do much of anything else (which isn't required in something like this)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Just something to keep in mind as well, even when these server boards don't have some terrible graphics built in, they usually have a setting in the bios that allows the machine to be ran without any graphics cards at all. "Headless" servers are common, and something like a nas / router / esxi box really doesn't need to have any gfx to boot. IPMI to the rescue!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I was just wondering how he set it up I know you can run certain NAS mobos without gfx

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Most motherboards will throw a fit until you disable that setting in the bios, but after that its really not that big of a deal.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you know that you can put one more drive cage in same case. It can be mounted where bottom fan is. But you will need to replace power supply with smaller one.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

So you're using napp-it as your NAS VM then?

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I read that WD Red have far less failure rate than the seagate one's. Speed not being my first priority for storage so i decided to go with WD.

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