[CentOS] CentOS Digest, Vol 73, Issue 3

Thu Feb 3 18:58:59 UTC 2011
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 2/3/2011 12:38 PM, Chuck Munro wrote:
> Less than $500 for a Supermicro box?  Holy crap, Batman!
> I'm using one of their motherboards (X8DAL-3) in a home-brew
> configuration, which has turned out to be somewhat less expensive than a
> factory-built Supermicro, but still not cheap.  I'll say one thing for
> them ... they do make really nice stuff, with little extras the
> commodity makers like Asus or Gigabit don't include.  Well worth the
> extra dollars.  This box just screams, so it should handle KVM very
> nicely if I organize the arrays properly ... anyone with RAID-60 advice
> please chime in.
> I took Les' advice and built a connection map of the 15 drives.  The
> Disk Utility GUI turned out to be useful once I determined the SATA
> breakout cable order and labelled each with its PHY number.  Knowing
> that lets me use the GUI to clearly identify a failed drive, which shows
> up as a PHY#.  I'm normally a command-line kinda guy but this utility is
> something I really like on RHEL-6.  I hope it's the same on CentOS-6.

If you are building your own stuff, I kind of like trayless hot-swap 
sata bays.  And if you care more about size and power than speed and 
capacity, you can get them for laptop size drives too.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com