Originally Posted by ndv2
I finally finished reading this massive thread and have learned alot, thank you all. Based on the overwhelmingly supportive community and general tone of this thread I decided to join and post my thoughts. Fair warning
, they are out there, way past left field.
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A few have already commented on your suggested configuration -- and where they find fault, I find inspiration. Kudos.
Granted, it does indeed seem a tad overly complex, but I like your outside-of-the-box thinking. WHS via a virtual machine, Linux software RAID, iSCSI, etc., a very interesting approach.
I like the thought of taking this discussion into untried/untested waters.
Another area I've been reading into is the use of SAS expanders. Now I realize there was bit of talk on this subject a few weeks ago, but I don't remember seeing anything from someone who has actual experience building/administering a system that uses expanders (if I'm wrong, I'm sure someone will correct me).
Anyone got a system using an HBA that connects to another box via the use of an SAS Expander? Care to list your config? Benchmark numbers? Admin experience?
One of the initial downsides looks to be the availability of Expanders to enthusiast builders as Chenbro is the only vendor (IFAIK) that has an Expander product we could buy:http://usa.chenbro.com/corporatesite...ine.php?pos=35
BUT, I don't see any of those in stock anywhere.
Theoretically speaking, I think a great build for people in our shoes would be an external device that consists of the internal drive chassis and backplane of the Norco RPC-4020 (simply take the drive cages and the backplane, which are only approx. 9 inches deep) broken off and turned into a device of its own (w/ an expander included). Obviously there are already devices like this on the market, but they are insanely expensive.
Anywho, just thought I would throw this out there to get the discussion going.