Low Power pfSense Router

When I moved into my current apartment, I switched to a Dell Optiplex 780 as a router, which worked well for about a year. Power draw was a little higher than I’d like, around 60 watts, but it handled its router duty without any complaints. During a warm day in July 2014, the Optiplex’s power supply exploded, literally. I purchased a Dell Poweredge R410 to replace the Optiplex with the idea that I need something reliable since I work at home all the time. The Poweredge also worked very well as a router, you might even call it overkill, but the power draw and noise got annoying.

A couple weeks ago, I decided to build a low power system that had easily replaceable parts for cheap. Not an easy task to do, but with some help from a friend, I was able to spec a nice system out. Here is what I built:

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New Xenserver Local Storage

I had a buddy of mine ask me if I wanted to buy a ton of solid state drives, namely Samsung 830 Pro 256 GB drives. I was initially hesitant, due to the expected price, but quickly found out he wanted to get rid of them cheap. Who am I to say no to a friend in need? 🙂

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New place, new rack

It has been a long time since I’ve made an update and quite a lot has changed. The first is that I’ve moved into a new place to go back to college. Secondly, the 42u rack is no longer in my possession, but I still have reason to call it Project: Rackmount Overkill. I recently purchased a new rack and show the assembly and installation below.

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More memory and more Overkill

It has been awhile since an update, but the server was upgraded shortly after the 192 GB of RAM was added, up to the full capacity of 256 GB. The only components left that I can upgrade at this point are the processors, the disk controller, and the disks themselves.

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Commence Overkill

To commemorate the launch of the website, I decided it was time to increase the overkill level on my main server and go far beyond any semblance of sanity. I recently purchased twelve 16 GiB sticks of Samsung DDR3 ECC Registered server memory (192 GiB), which is currently in the server running stability tests. One of the sticks was dead on arrival, but there is still a paltry 180 GiB left. I’m sure a lot of you are questioning my need for that much memory, and to be honest, I don’t need it. I was able to buy it from a friend for a very good price and I was reaching over fifty percent utilization of my existing 64 GiB. This will allow me to run many more virtual machines. I could run an entire Windows AD server and over one hundred Windows 7 clients, if I had the licenses for the latter. Alternatively, I could setup a computing cluster, database cluster, or web server cluster for the simple reason of “because I can”.

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