Archive for May, 2010

ASoft’s AdminiMe 2010 Windows Home Server Add-in – Update 1

As a quick update to the previous AdminiMe 2010 review, ASoft released an update to its popular AdminiMe 2010 Add-in. It appears as though ASoft does take feedback very seriously as a bug/ quirky feature noted in the initial Ad...


Supermicro X8SIL-F next to the HP-SAS Expander and PCMIG setup with both power supplies

SAS Expanders, Build Your Own JBOD DAS Enclosure and Save – Iteration 2 – A Better Solution

After completing the first DAS/ SAS Expander JBOD enclosure project I realized that there was a major area of improvement. Using less than 30% of a large 4U case’s volume for useful purposes seemed like the key area to im...



The Big WHS - Two Main Chassis on Display

The Big WHS: May Update 60TB Edition

The Big WHS was originally supposed to house approximately 30TB of storage when the plans were first detailed on an Excel spreadsheet BOM in December 2009. This was a big upgrade to my first DIY Windows Home Server box that had...


The Supermicro X8SIL-F Motherboard

Intel Core i3-530 and Supermicro X8SIL-F Power Consumption (plus Xeon X3440)

To update to my review of the Supermicro X8SIL-F, I took some Kill-A-Watt power consumption numbers with the Supermicro X8SIL-F to answer a few questions regarding power consumption with real server hardware compared to consume...



The Supermicro X8SIL-F Motherboard

Supermicro X8SIL-F Motherboard Review

The Supermicro X8SIL-F motherboard is an excellent board for home and small business servers. When building a file server built upon Windows Home Server (V1 or V2 Vail) or another open source NAS project such as FreeNAS, Openfi...


Installing disks into the Norco RPC-4220 DAS/ SAS Expander Enclosure

SAS Expanders, Build Your Own JBOD DAS Enclosure and Save – Iteration 1

Oftentimes, users running file servers such as Windows 2008 Server R2, Windows Home Server, Linux variants (including Openfiler), OpenSolaris, FreeBSD (including FreeNAS), and so forth will require more storage than their serve...



X8SIL-F Rev: 1.02 Identification

Supermicro X8SIL-F v1.01 versus v1.02 differences

The Supermicro X8SIL-F mATX motherboard is becoming a favorite for home servers, especially those built upon Core i3′s and Core i5′s because it provides lots of expandability in a small form factor, and has IPMI 2.0...


Supermicro RMA Support for the X8SIL-F

As I mentioned in the previous post on the compatibility issue, I had to RMA my Supermicro X8SIL-F (mATX LGA 1156 server board with IPMI 2.0 and dual Intel gigabit NICs) last week because it was version 1.01 PCB instead of v1.0...



PMC-Sierra Acquires Adaptec RAID Business

I have been using Adaptec products for over a decade, and have generally been a fan (with a few exceptions over the years). My first Windows Home Server was based upon an Adaptec 31605 RAID controller.  Today, PMC-Sierra acqui...


Supermicro X8SIL-F Compatibility with Intel Core i3′s / i5′s

Just as a quick note. I purchased a Supermicro X8SIL-F (mATX LGA 1156 server board with IPMI 2.0 and dual Intel gigabit NICs) last week, along with two 2TB Western Digital Green EARS drives using advanced format, and two Hitach...