You asked, so here it is… this is a work in progress, function over form for now…
Fitting old things/life into new location - so making adjustments incrementally - had 2 very loud rack-mount servers move from a nice cool/isolated basement to a hot and the middle of living space closet. So, now I have some serious heat/noise issues.
Step 1: “the build”
- swap out 2x2690v4 MB from disk array case
- swap in asrock 10G epyc board EPYCD8-2T
- 7351p (16core 2.5-2.9GHz) + 64G of ECC 2966 ram
- 10x8T disks
- optane 280G cache drive
- some more nvme later…
- 10G and 40G networking (intel/mellanox)
This is where we start - the existing server in this case
Yank out the guts that will move over
This board/setup will move to a compute-only node and no longer handle the disk array
The pile of new goodies…
This board is very thick and stiff as a board - significantly thicker than prior AsRock rack boards I’ve had.
CPU in - oops - tray CPU doesn’t come with torque wrench… approximate torque engaged…
Fan orientation less than ideal - we’ll address that in the future… works fine for now.
Case cleaned out - posts to be moved around from SSI-EEB
All stuffed in and ready to boot… going to set it up entirely from IPMI as I don’t have a VGA or second monitor (or cable of any form that works) handy to connect it up. So, over the network it is! Ghetto fan for peripherals - I don’t trust there is enough flow in this relatively quiet cheap case to support 40G, 10G, optane and 16 port SAS/SATA HBA/Raid controller heat removal. So, I’ve always just put a 120mm fan in there to keep air moving.