Posts Tagged ‘Areca’

Building a 4U Dual Processor System with Multiple NICs and RAID Controllers

Building a dual processor (DP) server is not a tough task, but it does have a few considerations for anyone looking to build one from scratch. I was building a DP platform for a few reviews and decided to take the opportunity t...


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.



Differences between Hardware RAID, HBAs, and Software RAID

With Windows Home Server 2011 coming out in the near future many less experienced home users are looking into RAID subsystems to create larger storage pools. This is a segment where without a very solid basic understanding of w...


Supermicro X8ST3-F Motherboard

Supermicro X8ST3-F Motherboard Review

My main server, the Big WHS now houses over 60TB of storage, runs multiple VM’s, and has over 10 Gigabit NICs. At the heart of this server, is a Supermicro X8ST3-F. It was not the first motherboard I tried in the server, ...



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...


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...



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...


Windows Home Server (WHS) V2 VAIL – Installed in Hyper-V – Early Release Clue

If one browses this site they will quickly see that I am a fan of Hyper-V virtualization and also Windows Home Server. On April 26, 2010, Microsoft released the public preview of the long awaited Windows Home Server V2 codename...



Install FreeNAS in Hyper-V: Part 2 Installing FreeNAS to a vhd

In previous articles we have shown how to set up a basic Hyper-V virtual machine that works with FreeBSD and FreeNAS as well as how to configure the Hyper-V VM and boot FreeNAS in it. The next step of course is to install FreeN...


Create a Hyper-V VM for FreeNAS, Openfiler, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenSolaris, and more

As many have read, I have been trying different NAS solutions on the Big Windows Home Server. This guide will show the base procedures for installing open-source NAS/ SAN appliances such as FreeNAS, OpenFiler, Ubuntu (and othe...