Sometimes things are just working, sometimes you just get lucky. The other day I had a bad day, caused a blackout in the house, then I had bad luck with the printer, then I had to take care of the customs for the disks I bought from the US... but all is well that ends well, right?
So I caused a blackout. Then two days after that I started up a server and I realized it has file system errors. I replaced one of the SSDs before, but it again has file system errors? I was fed up with it and decided I'll buy two 2,5" 15K disks instead. Then I got news that I have to pay customs and for that I need to print some forms. But then it turned out my printer is dead. Cruel world this is... cruel indeed.
Anyway the disks arrived, but then I realized the file system error was simply because the blackout I caused. The whole thing for nothing, I did not think, I just wanted to replace the SSDs because I was angry with them, because the other SSD was faulty.
Aaaaand suddenly I realized the new disks came in HP caddies, new disks, new HP caddies. Wait a minute, I got a HP server in my rack, a server that has no disks. I played with it, but I could not find CPU upgrade or memory upgrade for it in the drawer, so it is just there, no cables, no disks, no OS. A weak little server, but now I have two disks for it.
I put in he disks, tried to find a blank for the third slot. Well, I could not find one, but I put in an empty caddy, created a RAID of the two disks, found one of my install USB sticks... and in a few minutes I had the little Proliant running. There is life after death, there is certainly life after death for rack servers.
And you know what? I found this little server has 2 CPUs, not fast, but two 2.00GHz Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5335, 8 cores, not that bad. And it has 32GByte RAM, again, not that great, but it's ok. Wanna know how fast it is? Here:
Maybe I will find something for this server to do. I have a sibling for it, I have an other 1U little server already, maybe the two of them can form something. Some kind of alliance perhaps... :)
One thing I learned though!
Watching these photos made me realize everything is very dusty here. It doesn't look like this in real life, but I will have to do something about it. The house renovation is killing my server farm. (Yes, I know, sounded like I'll say something else, but no, I learned about the dust, nothing more.) :)