Archive for February, 2011

Intel Xeon E3-1220 Sandy Bridge Benchmarks and Review

The much anticipated and already announced Sandy Bridge Xeons were supposed to follow desktop and notebook counterparts in short order, however it seems like everything Sandy Bridge is on hold while Intel rectifies Cougar Point...


Storage News: ATTO ExpressSAS v2.10, Corsair’s 25nm NAND Swap, MacBook Pros Go Sandy Bridge with Thunderbolt, New Acer Storage Servers, New STH RSS Feed

This week had a few interesting storage related items worthy of the digest from ATTO, Corsair, Apple/Intel, Acer  and a public service announcement about subscribing to ServeTheHome.com’s RSS feeds. The next few weeks sh...



Dynamic Memory and Hyper-V Guide in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

One of the biggest new features in Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V users is the new Dynamic Memory functionality. Instead of partitioning physical memory into separate silos for each virtual machine,...


The Big WHS: February 2011 Update

It has been a long time since I have posted about The Big WHS. At the last update in May 2010, the machine occupied 8U using two 4U enclosures, and was topping 60TB of raw storage capacity. Since then there have been quite a fe...



Anatomy of a Hardware RAID Controller

A commonly asked question is what makes up a good RAID controller. There are many purveyors of RAID cards out there that will sell a FakeRAID solution supporting RAID 5 or RAID 6 for a premium.


Map a Network Drive to a WHS Shared Folder in Windows

Many users are familiar with Windows networking and browsing shared folders over a local network. For constantly accessed shared folders, a simple way of accessing the same folder immediately is to simply create a shortcut. The...



Storage News: Supermicro C202-C204 Motherboards, iSuppli Expects NAND Explosion, Server 2008 R2 SP1 Out

This week I had a few tidbits that looked interesting related to the new C200 series chip sets for the new Xeons, iSuppli NAND consumption, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 released to MSDN and Technet subscribers. I am on...


Configuring Windows 7 Libraries, iTunes, Amazon MP3 Downloader, Handbrake, and FRAPS with a NAS

A question that came up recently was how does one setup common applications that work well with NAS systems to write data to network storage versus solid state drives. I decided to take a few snapshots of the test network using...



ASUS P8P67 Pro Sandy Bridge LGA 1155 Motherboard ATX Review

After recently reviewing the ASUS P8H67-M EVO I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at a larger ATX motherboard, the ASUS P8P67 Pro. Based on the P67 chipset, the ATX board sacrifices being able to use Intel’s ...


Storage Tiering: A Primer on Cost-Effective Tiered Storage and Caching

One thing that virtually every major storage player and enterprise has been using for the past few years, and is continuing to use, is a tiered storage approach. This is mainly due to the fact that lower capacity, higher-cost d...