HP Proliant G7 N54L Freenas 9.3 NAS Build Log

NAS Server build LOG ( It is still improving, many errors)

For my own reference

Start time: Jan 04, 2015

Project completion time: Jan 28, 2015

0.  Introduction

  • Planning:

Pure central storage server

  • Requirements:

Minimum Cost, Reliable Hardware, Data Redundancy, Fast & stable local file sharing, anywhere data accessing; the more storage space, the better.

1. Hardware selections:

1.1 Server:

  • Model: HP Proliant MicroServer G7 744900-001 4-HDD Bay
  • CPU: AMD Turion II Neo N54L CPU, 25W TDP

Similar performance CPU for comparsion -> (Intel Core i5 520M)

  • Build-in RAM: SKhynix 4GB, 1333MHz, PC3-10600E-9, DDR3, dual-rank x8, 1.50V, unbuffered with ECC dual in-line memory module (UDIMM)

Model: HMT351U7EFR8C-H9 T0 AF

Part Number: 500210-171

  • NIC: Broadcom NC107i Gbps
  • Reason: $199, HP Warranty, Hard drive bays, Sever grade hardware & design

Dual core CPU satisfies home NAS requirements

2.2Ghz is good enough for single thread CIFS share

Two slot ECC RAM, expandable to 16G, important for ZFS file system

Direct USB port on the motherboard, convenient for OS USB drive. Continue reading HP Proliant G7 N54L Freenas 9.3 NAS Build Log