Archive for January, 2011

Intel Sandy-Bridge Cougar Point Flaw and Editorial Analysis

Intel announced today that it has discovered a flaw in the Sandy Bridge desktop chip sets that are part of the Cougar Point family, and I am looking for a workaround.


SAS/ SATA Cables Guide – SFF-8087, 8088, 8470, 8482, 8484, and single device connectors

One question often asked is what type of connector is needed, or what do all of these connectors mean. I thought that it may benefit my readers to have a quick-and-easy reference to the main SAS and SATA connector types. Some o...



Storage News Roundup: OCZ Z-Drive R3 PCIe SSD, Ultrastar 7K3000, Mozy Restore Manager, Kingston-JMicron

At the request of some users, I am putting together a few bits of storage news from the past week. If the response is positive, I may make this a weekly Friday digest.


Supermciro SC-731i-300B Mid-Tower mATX Chassis Review

While visiting a local retailer I saw a Supermicro SC-731i-300B on the shelf during the same visit that I was purchasing the Core i7-2600K and ASUS P8H67-M EVO that were used in the Sandy Bridge and H67 chip set for the home se...



Install NexentaStor to VMware ESXi Virtual Machine Guide

Recently creating a VMware ESXi virtual machine for NexentaStor was covered in a quick how-to guide. The next logical piece of the puzzle is this guide to getting NexentaStor installed in the virtual machine. There are, of cour...


Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K and H67 Chipset: A Home Server Focused Review

A lot has been made of the new Intel Sandy Bridge parts. For HTPC’s they are really great CPUs as they offer low power consumption, in line with Clarkdale, and have a slew of new features. Since there has been a lot of di...



Hyper-V Disk Pass-Through Quick Guide

After the recent article on passing controllers through to ESXi virtual machines, I did get some questions around pass-through in Hyper-V. First off, it works a bit differently in Hyper-V, but you can still expose raw disks and...


First Look: Norco 2U and 4U JBOD and SAS Expander Chassis Releasing Next Week!

Norco is a server case manufacturer that is very popular with home build enthusiasts as they provide inexpensive means to house large quantities of disks in 2U, 3U, and 4U configurations. Like the DIY JBOD/ SAS Expander project...



Supermicro SC933T-R760B 3U 15x 3.5″ SAS/SATA Storage Chassis Review

After some prodding I am starting to do a few more chassis reviews. To continue on this theme, I recently purchased a Supermicro SC933T-R760B which is a 15 bay 3.5″ SAS/ SATA chassis with a triple redundant power supply. ...


Create a NexentaStor VMware ESXi Virtual Machine

This is a simple guide to creating a VMware ESXi virtual machine for NexentaStor. Actual OS installation is very easy and will be covered in another piece. Just over a year ago I created The Big WHS on a platform of Windows Ser...