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    My first dive into VLAN with a managed switch, need advice

    Awesome, you see where I'm coming from, I'm trying to mimic enterprise networks :cool: I will certainly consider those extra VLANs.
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    Good 24 port 1 Gbps Ethernet Switch

    http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1807094
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    My first dive into VLAN with a managed switch, need advice

    Most of those VLANs don't need routing. However, yes, I am going to have multiple virtualized software-based firewalls do the routing. I chose pfSense because I have experience with it.
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    My first dive into VLAN with a managed switch, need advice

    #1 priority is to learn. Secondary priorities are speed and security within my home lab Much appreciated. I know my post was overwhelming, thank you for taking the time to write that up. I will refer to it when my switch arrives
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    My first dive into VLAN with a managed switch, need advice

    This is a home office setup, so not many Servers: Only the 2x ESXi hosts, and maybe 20 VMs total Desktops: Just a few
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    Need help designing network for VMware

    The question is mostly network so it's in the Networking subforum, but it would be very helpful if VMware folks chimed in: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1807416. Thanks!
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    My first dive into VLAN with a managed switch, need advice

    I just bought my first managed switch. It's a Zyxel 1910-24G. I understand the benefits of VLAN for performance and security, and I made a decision to make use of VLAN, but I'm having trouble wrapping my head around how I am going to implement it. It's a fairly basic design for most network...
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    24 or 48 gig switch for small business use

    Look what I found! I never saw anyone post this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_fanless_layer_2_switches. This can be very helpful to people that have the same question as me. Judging by that chart, I made a decision to purchase a Zyxel 1910 over the HP 1910 because it has the...
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    24 or 48 gig switch for small business use

    I'm leaning towards the HP 1910-24G, I'll make a purchase tomorrow
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    24 or 48 gig switch for small business use

    Yes, another one of these threads. I just can't decide on what to choose. My budget is $200-250 for a 24 port, used or new. I would pay extra for 48 ports. My priorities, in no particular order, are: Very light use, I will only ever use about 20-25% of the 24Gbps available Quiet Rackmountable...
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    What VMware software should I download for Vmotion, DRS, HA, etc?

    I have been using free ESXi for years. I now want to set up two matching hosts in order to make use of advanced features such as Vmotion, DRS, HA, etc. Honestly, I don't understand VMware's product line. There seems to be hundreds of software titles. Can someone tell me what I should be...
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    Cheapest/easiest way to store archived data in the cloud? 5TB and slowly growing

    Very good advice in this thread. If I wanted to archive the data to the point where it's a pain in the butt to restore with proprietary apps (but at least it's backed up), it seems I would use Crashplan. However, it seems what I want does not exist. I have been spoiled by so many Cloud...
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    Cheapest/easiest way to store archived data in the cloud? 5TB and slowly growing

    I have a storage system (ZFS) at home that is approaching 90% utilization so I am looking to archive about 5TB of data that I almost never access. I am interested in paying for a service, rather than building/upgrading on-site systems. My goals are: Very low price that is comparable to...
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    DIY SAS enclosure part-agony

    hey noob: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1666401 http://www.servethehome.com/sgi-rackable-3u-16-bay-se3016-sas-expander-chassis-forum-deal/ and bonus for you: http://www.servethehome.com/sas-expanders-diy-cheap-low-cost-jbod-enclosures-raid/
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    Advice on building a JBOD expander unit? How did YOU do it?

    That is very helpful info, thank you. If you can post pics that would be so great. I understand the 3Gbps limitation will be a bottleneck, luckily its not much of a issue for me. It is very very hard to justify spending 3-4x more for something with another 4-8 disk bays and 6Gbps. Im hoping...
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    Advice on building a JBOD expander unit? How did YOU do it?

    On the SGI unit? Yes, it is possible. Apparently they are 3-wire 80mm fans, and one 40mm PSU fan, which can all be replaced with novice skills. This SGI JBOD unit, plus replacement fans, plus shipping etc, would come to be about $250-300. Which is less than half of the price of a DIY JBOD unit...
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    Advice on building a JBOD expander unit? How did YOU do it?

    This is an amazing deal on a 16-bay JBOD SAS Expander unit, but the fans are loud, so I am seeking alternatives SGI Rackable 3U 16 Bay SE3016 SAS Expander Chassis
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    Advice on building a JBOD expander unit? How did YOU do it?

    I'm looking to build a JBOD unit based off of a 12/16/24-bay chassis and a SAS expander card. I will be connecting it to a SAS HBA on a Linux or Solaris host to be used with ZFS. I need advice on pretty much everything. I haven't bought any parts yet. If you don't know what I'm talking about...
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    Question about ESX guests and SAN storage

    You're making a lot of sense so let me give you my perspective. In addition to being very bored with gigabit ethernet and want to learn something new, I also move a lot of big files around. Many of us with storage systems in their home labs use it for music, movies, the occasional pornographic...
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    Question about ESX guests and SAN storage

    Thank you. I will use these terms to google and read. Do you have any ideas on how you would personally set up IP over IB and iSCSI over IB?
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    Question about ESX guests and SAN storage

    WTF happened to my thread? I almost want to delete it and start from scratch. It's my lab. It's my money. If I want to invest $800 in infiniband then I will. The $800 is an investment in my career, so I may gain skills to make me more valuable. So I don't need to hear anyone crying about how...
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    Question about ESX guests and SAN storage

    $800 is a waste of money to upgrade to 20Gbps? Tell me your thoughts
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    Question about ESX guests and SAN storage

    WAIT a second, am I complicating this? Is it just like setting up regular ethernet? i.e. Can you create guests with an infiniband adapter, and can you create an infiniband vSwitch?
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    Question about ESX guests and SAN storage

    I will be spending less than $1000 on used IB equipment and I think its worth it for 20Gb/s (or 40Gb/s depending on the switch I get). Whats the point of adding more spindles and SSDs if 1Gb/s throughput will bottleneck me? Worst case prices based off of eBay buy-it-now auctions: $300 2x IB...
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    Question about ESX guests and SAN storage

    I'm drawing up plans for a new vSphere lab. I will have a storage server and multiple ESX hosts, tied together with infiniband SAN. Obviously the storage will be used to store VM guests. My question is: How can the guests make use of SAN storage as well? Is it even possible? It must be, but I...
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    1U PSU or PicoPSU that is quiet/silent/fanless

    Can the system in my first post (mATX X9SCM with E3-1265L) be powered by a 150W PicoPSU with 8.5A 12v power adapter? I'm looking at PicoPSU kits. The PicoPSU itself of course will fit within 1U, and it seems that I can place up to a 8.5A (102W) 12v AC/DC power adapter inside the case within the...
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    1U PSU or PicoPSU that is quiet/silent/fanless

    Can you tell me more about "open case power supplies?" It's not a googleable term
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    1U PSU or PicoPSU that is quiet/silent/fanless

    No more than 200W. I will include the system specs in the first post. The 1U PSU I linked in the first post claims to be "Ultra Quiet," and I believe them.
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    1U PSU or PicoPSU that is quiet/silent/fanless

    Cross-post with Power Supplies subforum. I thought it would be a good idea to post it in SFF subforum also. http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1756097
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    1U PSU or PicoPSU that is quiet/silent/fanless

    I am planning out building a MicroATX or Mini-ITX system that fits in a 1U Chassis. It should be silent or near silent (15dBA). And YES, I understand the challenge with building anything silent when it comes to rackmountable equipment. That's what makes it fun for me. I have to put this thing...
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    Check out Supermicro's new Mini-ITX mobos (3rd Gen Core CPUs, 4xGigE+IPMI, 16GB ECC)

    pjkenned runs servethehome.com, a website which reviews small office/home server systems. AKA he is Supermicro's biggest fan, so they send him stuff to review
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    Check out Supermicro's new Mini-ITX mobos (3rd Gen Core CPUs, 4xGigE+IPMI, 16GB ECC)

    By the way, I'm not opposed to MicroATX at all but my requirements are all the same with any form factor. "Small, cool, and quiet." I can certainly go with an X9SCM-iiF and E3-1265L v2 CPU (45W TDP). But then I have to figure out how to make it run cool inside a 1U or 2U without making any noise.
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    Check out Supermicro's new Mini-ITX mobos (3rd Gen Core CPUs, 4xGigE+IPMI, 16GB ECC)

    A few of these boards, including my favorite one (photo), are fanless. Pair them with a fanless chassis and fanless PSU and you have complete silence. Agreed! Don't depend on the 16GB DIMMs or SO-DIMMs for quite some time. And even when they do come out, there is no guarantee they will be...
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    Check out Supermicro's new Mini-ITX mobos (3rd Gen Core CPUs, 4xGigE+IPMI, 16GB ECC)

    Memory DIMMs don't exist in such capacity yet. The largest is 8GB and Mini-ITX usually fits one or two of them. Maybe if/when 16GB DIMMs are released, then these boards can handle it after a firmware update.
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    Check out Supermicro's new Mini-ITX mobos (3rd Gen Core CPUs, 4xGigE+IPMI, 16GB ECC)

    I dunno... you're getting pretty close to $570. Plus, $570-$750 is just Supermicro's MSRP on their brand new product. Give it some time to come down. $200 Supermicro X9SCM-F or X9SCM-iiF $240 Intel Xeon E3-1230 $150 Intel NIC 2x 1Gb (cheapest ESXi compatible on Newegg, I think) $20-50...
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    Check out Supermicro's new Mini-ITX mobos (3rd Gen Core CPUs, 4xGigE+IPMI, 16GB ECC)

    When these mature a bit, and the prices come down, I'll be using these to build a vSphere lab. I imagine two 1U whisper quiet systems booting off USB using only about .5 or .6 amps combined. With the onboard quad NICs I can LACP two NICs per server to a switch for access to iSCSI storage shared...
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    Check out Supermicro's new Mini-ITX mobos (3rd Gen Core CPUs, 4xGigE+IPMI, 16GB ECC)

    Can we get a discussion going on using these in a vSphere lab? Why haven't I seen any mention of these around here? I know I'm not the only one that has been waiting all my life for a low power/noise Mini ITX server board with integrated IPMI, ECC memory, VT-x, VT-d, etc...
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