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    A small datacenter build and other projects

    Hey folks! Long time, no update. I have since left the company that I built the infrastructure for shown previously in this thread. It was a hard decision, but in the end it was time for me to move on to my next challenge. One of my last large projects was building this system. It's a 10...
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    multi-year multi-million infrastructure overhaul

    What's your new title?
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    Article: Why Your Cat6/5e Network Cable is Slowing You Down

    I've pulled more Cat5, Cat5e, and Cat6/6a then I care to remember. I've tested every drop across multiple brands of cables (Honeywell, Beldin, even Monoprice) over the past several years and passed 1Gb's for every drop. Do you know what brand of cable the installer used? Every decent installer...
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    multi-year multi-million infrastructure overhaul

    Main distribution frame, intermediate distribution frame. Think of it as core and then edge switch gear.
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    A small datacenter build and other projects

    Thanks for the continued support. I won't rant about the company I work for, but let me put it this way- some less then popular decisions have been made recently by the upper management and no one is happy- including myself. Things are rocky in the contract world and we sadly laid several people...
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    LogMeIn No Longer Free

    Wow. This is terrible. I have a half dozen people I still provide support for who have a hard time even understanding what this lets me do and there is no way they could afford their own accounts. Looks like it's time to research alternates.
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    Small Home Lab - PowerEdge T20

    I ended up with one of the T110 II's for $249 a few weeks back, but now I am wishing I had waited and bought this: https://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Lenovo-ThinkServer-TS140-70A4-Xeon-E3-1225V3-3.2-GHz-Monitor-none/3131451.aspx Lenovo TS140 with USB3 and a E3-1225v3 for $49 more.
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    Unifi 802.11ac AP's

    If you search, I had exactly that problem. I ended up moving to the AC units and it fixed it. I spent months on and off with tech support with no resolution outside of "just RMA it". Outside of the power issues, the AC units have been solid since install.
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    Unifi 802.11ac AP's

    2.4.4
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    Unifi 802.11ac AP's

    Nope. As it turned out, it just would not power on if you used the following sequence: Plug in LAN to POE Injector and plug POE in to AP. It will only boot if you plug in the POE first and leave the LAN disconnected until the AP boots. We tested this with two others. No idea why it does this. I...
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    Unifi 802.11ac AP's

    And another one died...I'm having terrible luck with these AC units.
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    Frys Refurb Corsair H60 Water cooler $29

    In for one!
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    Unifi 802.11ac AP's

    About two weeks. Just a heads up- as I discovered today- ALWAYS READ THE MANUAL. The new AC line requires POE+ @22watts. My older 2520 HP switches did not have enough power to run the AP's. I did have one fail, and it may have been due to under-powering it- I have no idea. My options are spend...
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    Unifi 802.11ac AP's

    My first AC just died. It will only randomly power on. It was running incredibly hot too. I'm going to contact support, but I bet I will get the old "Well, let's RMA it" response.
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    Network pics thread

    I've got 3 up so far and they are doing great. Solved my Apple connectivity issues.
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    A small datacenter build and other projects

    Seem's there is a rather lack of updates on my behalf, sorry about that. With our second restructure, things have really quieted down and frankly I am not sure what's going to happen. While things have settled, I'm having a hard time keeping my tech busy. Not trying to rant, but it's the...
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    A small datacenter build and other projects

    Internal R+D project I can't speak about. We may or may not use them due to some issues we have come across. Neat little boards.
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    Alternatives to Ubiquiti AP's?

    Thanks for all the suggestions. The day I posted this, my 802.11AC AP showed up. We put it into service that next week and I'll be damned if it did not fix our problem. I believe it's solely because of the channel change (and possibly because we lost the two adjacent renters.) I'm taking a...
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    Alternatives to Ubiquiti AP's?

    After several months of troubleshooting, RMA's, and different products- I am tossing in my hat. There seems to be no solution to the bug we are encountering. The Unifi line has issues with areas of dense radio noise and the current gen Macbook Air/iPad/RMBP. I need to buy 4 new AP's. We have 50...
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    A small datacenter build and other projects

    Today we finished up installing 144TB of spindle storage and 5.7TB of SSD storage for each location. The AC has been amazing, keeping the warehouse nice a mild during our 90 degree weather. (I realize this is rather mild compared to elsewhere, haha). Hopefully I can order some replacement hosts...
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    OpenSolaris derived ZFS NAS/ SAN (OmniOS, OpenIndiana, Solaris and napp-it)

    Heads up for anyone else running Supermicro X9DRD-7LN4F-JBOD series boards. Solaris 11.1 seems to have a tendency to experience a never ending console scroll after the first few minutes in the console. Driver issue, has been reported with no fix yet.
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    Quiet air compressor for office IT

    I've sent about 20 datavac's out into the field and non have failed. I was concerned at first, as the body gets pretty darn hot quickly. I highly recommend them.
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    A small datacenter build and other projects

    It's been busy again around here. I am happy to say, I finally have AC for our warehouse DC. My storage project is moving along and hopefully later this fall I can order some new VM hosts to replace our 5yr old supermicro white boxes. Let's start with a backplane change out- this was a PITA-...
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    A small datacenter build and other projects

    Glad you enjoyed the read! It's been a interesting journey so far. I should really update the thread with the latest progress.
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    A small datacenter build and other projects

    Our original datastation was based off it, back when there was no 18tb limit. We just recently had to look at replacements and due to things outside our controls, we were only allowed three choices of OS. As far as my in house storage goes, Nexanta, while being very inexpensive compared to the...
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    A small datacenter build and other projects

    For us, the lack of infiniband support killed freenas and truenas licensing prevented us from using any existing hardware- so outside of demo's- no. We have just over 4PB total. Our basic station ships with 336TB raw and we add 168TB JBODS any time we need to expand. Adding them is as simple as...
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    A small datacenter build and other projects

    Yes, Solaris 11 and Napp-It.
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    Network pics thread

    Best of luck. I was sadly disappointed by mine, or rather the lack their of. :(
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    Network pics thread

    Now just tack $1k/m on to your paycheck for saving the company $$$, haha.
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    Strange issue with Server2K8R2/ Unifi Pro's and MacBook Air's

    *Several Month update- It's still a problem and affects MBA/RMBP/iPad3/4. iPhones drop on and off, but are generally solid (no real complaints). I hate to say I am thinking of buying a few test AP's to see if other brands replicate this problem, as Ubiquiti support has gotten us no where.
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    A small datacenter build and other projects

    Some tiny updates: Check out my "ghetto" hot/cold isle. We used left over curtain from the warehouse and bought some extension ducts for the MovinCool26. It already dropped the temps 10f and once the new storage boxes are racked up, there should be no holes. I can't put a ceiling on it though...
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    OpenSolaris derived ZFS NAS/ SAN (OmniOS, OpenIndiana, Solaris and napp-it)

    Thanks for the info. I can not change the OS (Solaris is literarily the only choice), nor can I change the number of servers. I'm running their HCL validation tool to see what happens, otherwise it's 25 new Dell R620's.
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    OpenSolaris derived ZFS NAS/ SAN (OmniOS, OpenIndiana, Solaris and napp-it)

    I can not use OmniOS or Nexenta due to regulations outside of my control.
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    OpenSolaris derived ZFS NAS/ SAN (OmniOS, OpenIndiana, Solaris and napp-it)

    Has anyone tried purchasing Solaris 11.1 support for a supermicro based white box? I have 25 servers we have to move off Nexanta and so far I am being told since it's not on the HCL, we can not buy support. Their suggestion was to buy hardware off the HCL list and then order support...
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    Performance loss with multiple switches

    Out of curiosity, what are you going to need that many ports for? I wired my last house with tons of jacks thinking I would use all of them and only ever used 4-5 of the 24.
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    server room of doom

    Call your counties electrical inspector and ask them how your rack should be grounded. In my area, the rack needs to be bonded via 6 gauge copper to the building ground. (Which also happens to be where the panels ground.) If you are on a sub panel, have a electrician verify the ground and...
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    Infiniband home network

    Interesting. We only use IB too, I don't disagree- the price point is great! I mainly see either disks or the PCI-e bus being the limitation. (I have a qlogic 40GB 32 port switch and 6 cards that I am still trying to find a use for at home, haha.)
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