[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Jim Holtzman]
Continuing the saga of virtualizing EBS at home.
This weekend, I assembled all the parts and installed them in the case. A brief summary of my experience:
- Having a big case is an advantage. Lots of expandability and maneuver space.
- I forgot to check if there were sufficient Molex connectors for all the hard drives. Yep, enough. Lucky!
- I forgot to check if there were enough cables for all the SAS drives. Nope. I called around to various local shops – nope. I had to order cables. Apparently SAS is not so common. “Only used in servers,” I was told.
- The biggest dumb mistake (so far) – I did not thoroughly check the CPU compatibility with the motherboard (MOBO). As a result, when I powered on the server, there was no power on self-test (POST). A call to the MOBO manufacturer revealed my stupidity. I’ve ordered a replacement CPU. Now I’ve got a spare for future builds. Ouch.
- Documentation for DIYers is not so good. Inadequate, misleading, or just plain wrong. The CPU installation guide was just drawings!? Saving localization costs, I guess.
So, my date with EBS is on hold while I get the car ready.