New Enterprise Router



  • well we were using a p4 3.0ghz which is fine with squid off but does not handle with it on.
    We have 2 connections 25x25 fiber and a 15x2 cable. Run 2 hyper-v servers an ERP Server. Virtual Machines are webservers, pbx server print server you know.

    So now I got a supermicro A1SRI-2558F-O, Intel pro 2500 SSD and 4gb of ecc 1600mhz ram. Should be all swell hopefully.

    I decided to make my own case because I never see any front facing rack mounted cases. I think it is about 2x the size it needs to be, Next i want to make a nas for with pull out hard drive bays instead of hot swaps. Like on drawr slides but in the case. I am really getting into these supermicro atom boards.

    The white desktop on the bottom is my current pfsense box.



    Plasma cut the case out

    Fitting the components

    Painting and assembly.






    Final Rack Setup

    I erased My ips but here she is :)

    Let me know what you guys think, what i should change. I dont get mad if u say I am a hack or sloppy job or idiot for making it this way. Let me know!



  • Hell yeah!
    Looks a bit like my place, stuff all around.
    I would say that's a nice piece of work, love it.
    Good choice on the Supermicro, one question what model is the intel SSD?

    Cheers.



  • Hey man like I tell everyone at work if your not messy your not being productive!

    its a Intel 1PK PRO 2500 Series Drive SSD SATA 2.5-Inch SSDSC2BF120H501


  • Netgate

    What would I change?  I'd add some horizontal cable management.

    Stuff all that cable barf in one of these:

    Or one of the other fine 1U-2U horizontal managers out there.

    Or you could apparently fabricate your own.



  • I should most Definitely do that but do you think it would take away from the overall mood you get in my messy office if my server rack was all neat and organized?



  • Nice build, very clean work, but you went through a lot of trouble to make something that SuperMicro could have just sold you.  Their case supports a PCI-E card as well.

    http://www.supermicro.com/products/system/1U/5018/SYS-5018A-FTN4.cfm

    If you really wanted the C2558 instead of the C2758 then you could buy the board and case separately.  Here's the case.

    http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/1U/505/SC505-203.cfm

    EDIT:  How are your CPU temperatures?  With side-to-side airflow all the air will hit the RAM & side of the heat sink, rather than flow through it.



  • Thank you! I wanted to make my own because its something fun to do and good practice for me without screwing some stainless stuff up for a customer.

    I am worried about that airflow as well. I won't really know till I get some load on it how it handles.

    As for the pci I would just put a bracket internally and run a pcie extension.

    Yeah the super micro would of been nicer with better cable management. Would look more professional too.

    @Jason:

    Nice build, very clean work, but you went through a lot of trouble to make something that SuperMicro could have just sold you.  Their case supports a PCI-E card as well.

    http://www.supermicro.com/products/system/1U/5018/SYS-5018A-FTN4.cfm

    If you really wanted the C2558 instead of the C2758 then you could buy the board and case separately.  Here's the case.

    http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/1U/505/SC505-203.cfm

    EDIT:  How are your CPU temperatures?  With side-to-side airflow all the air will hit the RAM & side of the heat sink, rather than flow through it.



  • @ocpistol:

    Thank you! I wanted to make my own because its something fun to do and good practice for me without screwing some stainless stuff up for a customer.

    I am worried about that airflow as well. I won't really know till I get some load on it how it handles.

    As for the pci I would just put a bracket internally and run a pcie extension.

    Yeah the super micro would of been nicer with better cable management. Would look more professional too.

    Ah, makes sense.

    You might be fine since you've got two fans on each side.  One suggestion I'd have is to move the fans on the PSU side all the way forward, move the ones on the SSD side all the way back, then cap off the other holes.  That would result in air flow that kind of crosses the CPU and it might keep it cooler.  It would probably drop the noise level as well as the fans would be less blocked by the PSU & wiring.



  • @Jason:

    Nice build, very clean work, but you went through a lot of trouble to make something that SuperMicro could have just sold you.  Their case supports a PCI-E card as well.

    http://www.supermicro.com/products/system/1U/5018/SYS-5018A-FTN4.cfm

    If you really wanted the C2558 instead of the C2758 then you could buy the board and case separately.  Here's the case.

    http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/1U/505/SC505-203.cfm

    EDIT:  How are your CPU temperatures?  With side-to-side airflow all the air will hit the RAM & side of the heat sink, rather than flow through it.

    I switched over to it this morning, running snort, web filter and general other crap. Its running about 3-15% cpu and 39C. My home is an atom d2500 and it runs about 60C without snort just normal network usage.



  • Great build!

    I ended up going with the a1srm c2558 board so I could run non-ECC memory and stuck it in a supermicro case(sc510-203b).

    Just to give you an idea of my temps, I've seen 24-31c. I've got mine up in the top of my non-ventilated closet at home on a FIOS 25/15 line running squid. I don't think I've seen over 5% cpu utlization yet. So your box seems like it's doing pretty well with temps.



  • Why thank you :D I'm not thrilled with the ram placement compared to the fans. But it seems ok. During the day I am seeing about 12% usage on average. Drops to about 1-3 after hours when just web servers and pbx is running. All and all I'm very happy with the super micro board. Now I need something else to make so I have an excuse to get another one. Maybe like carputer.
    @baggar11:

    Great build!

    I ended up going with the a1srm c2558 board so I could run non-ECC memory and stuck it in a supermicro case(sc510-203b).

    Just to give you an idea of my temps, I've seen 24-31c. I've got mine up in the top of my non-ventilated closet at home on a FIOS 25/15 line running squid. I don't think I've seen over 5% cpu utlization yet. So your box seems like it's doing pretty well with temps.



  • @ocpistol:

    During the day I am seeing about 12% usage on average. Drops to about 1-3 after hours when just web servers and pbx is running.

    You have webservers and PBX runing on another box, or on the same PfSense box?

    Cheers.



  • @Escorpiom:

    @ocpistol:

    During the day I am seeing about 12% usage on average. Drops to about 1-3 after hours when just web servers and pbx is running.

    You have webservers and PBX runing on another box, or on the same PfSense box?

    Cheers.

    I am running it on a hyper-v server



  • @ocpistol:

    Thank you! I wanted to make my own because its something fun to do

    It is fun to do.  We do it a lot.  Here are several experiments: http://imgur.com/SyXRqd4

    Sometimes we go a little nuts: http://imgur.com/6DNonNp

    Jason has been waiting to see this: http://imgur.com/Ymi4xgM



  • @gonzopancho:

    @ocpistol:

    Thank you! I wanted to make my own because its something fun to do

    It is fun to do.  We do it a lot.  Here are several experiments: http://imgur.com/SyXRqd4

    Sometimes we go a little nuts: http://imgur.com/6DNonNp

    Jason has been waiting to see this: http://imgur.com/Ymi4xgM

    Those pieces are absolutely gorgeous! Laser cut air bend so incredibly nice!!!!!

    I am hoping for a laser in my shop in a few years. I have to get another Swiss lathe and vertical mchining center first.

    Are those 304 or 430 stainless steel?



  • @ocpistol:

    @gonzopancho:

    @ocpistol:

    Thank you! I wanted to make my own because its something fun to do

    It is fun to do.  We do it a lot.  Here are several experiments: http://imgur.com/SyXRqd4

    Sometimes we go a little nuts: http://imgur.com/6DNonNp

    Jason has been waiting to see this: http://imgur.com/Ymi4xgM

    Those pieces are absolutely gorgeous! Laser cut air bend so incredibly nice!!!!!

    I am hoping for a laser in my shop in a few years. I have to get another Swiss lathe and vertical mchining center first.

    Are those 304 or 430 stainless steel?

    They're aluminum.  We're going to hard tooling for production.

    And in case it wasn't obvious, that's a dual-core Rangeley board.    ::)



  • @gonzopancho:

    @ocpistol:

    @gonzopancho:

    @ocpistol:

    Thank you! I wanted to make my own because its something fun to do

    It is fun to do.  We do it a lot.  Here are several experiments: http://imgur.com/SyXRqd4

    Sometimes we go a little nuts: http://imgur.com/6DNonNp

    Jason has been waiting to see this: http://imgur.com/Ymi4xgM

    Those pieces are absolutely gorgeous! Laser cut air bend so incredibly nice!!!!!

    I am hoping for a laser in my shop in a few years. I have to get another Swiss lathe and vertical mchining center first.

    Are those 304 or 430 stainless steel?

    They're aluminum.  We're going to hard tooling for production.

    And in case it wasn't obvious, that's a dual-core Rangeley board.    ::)

    You are going to stamping or punch press then? The board are fricken cool, Rangeley really!? like 5wt?
    I am surprised you arnt having laser cut and bent on a press break. How many do you make a year or planning?



  • @ocpistol:

    You are going to stamping or punch press then? The board are fricken cool, Rangeley really!? like 5wt?

    Not a current punch, a hard tool.

    don't forget, we do high-precision injection molding (we can hold 0.04mm) in another side of the business.  (http://www.smallworks.com)

    @ocpistol:

    I am surprised you arnt having laser cut and bent on a press break.

    more expensive.

    @ocpistol:

    How many do you make a year or planning?

    That's a secret, but "more expensive" should give you some clue.



  • @gonzopancho:

    @ocpistol:

    You are going to stamping or punch press then? The board are fricken cool, Rangeley really!? like 5wt?

    Not a current punch, a hard tool.

    don't forget, we do high-precision injection molding (we can hold 0.04mm) in another side of the business.  (http://www.smallworks.com)

    @ocpistol:

    I am surprised you arnt having laser cut and bent on a press break.

    more expensive.

    @ocpistol:

    How many do you make a year or planning?

    That's a secret, but "more expensive" should give you some clue.

    Very Cool! I love machinery its so cool, Injection molding is so complex its insane. We have been working on manufacturing our own beer faucet. We are doing precision casting which is from a wax injection mold. Having alot of problems with getting the shrink factor figured out. Polishing here in the states is a nightmare as well, its impossible to get anyone to do it worth a dam.

    I am Surprised you dont have one of these sitting there running 24/7 making cases https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdqqm0Hi7nc








  • @gonzopancho:

    @ocpistol:

    Thank you! I wanted to make my own because its something fun to do

    It is fun to do.  We do it a lot.  Here are several experiments: http://imgur.com/SyXRqd4

    Sometimes we go a little nuts: http://imgur.com/6DNonNp

    Jason has been waiting to see this: http://imgur.com/Ymi4xgM

    Slick!  What does the blade chassis do?



  • I like big open roomy builds if you have the space for it.  Easy to modify and parts are usually cheaper if space isn't a factor.  It looks good.  Working on it will be a breeze for sure.



  • @Jason:

    @gonzopancho:

    @ocpistol:

    Thank you! I wanted to make my own because its something fun to do

    It is fun to do.  We do it a lot.  Here are several experiments: http://imgur.com/SyXRqd4

    Sometimes we go a little nuts: http://imgur.com/6DNonNp

    Jason has been waiting to see this: http://imgur.com/Ymi4xgM

    Slick!  What does the blade chassis do?

    Testing, mostly.

    Some NFV in they future.

    Basically it's a way to get 10 NUCs to mount in 3U.  There is a faceplate (not shown) that can mount a second Ethernet adapter.



  • @gonzopancho:

    Basically it's a way to get 10 NUCs to mount in 3U.  There is a faceplate (not shown) that can mount a second Ethernet adapter.

    I was trying to solve this same problem a couple weeks back to build myself a home virt farm (theoretically, hadn't bought or built anything).  I ended up abandoning the idea because a single Gig-E NIC per box wasn't going to meet my needs.  Is your second NIC connected via USB or PCI-E?



  • @Jason:

    @gonzopancho:

    Basically it's a way to get 10 NUCs to mount in 3U.  There is a faceplate (not shown) that can mount a second Ethernet adapter.

    I was trying to solve this same problem a couple weeks back to build myself a home virt farm (theoretically, hadn't bought or built anything).  I ended up abandoning the idea because a single Gig-E NIC per box wasn't going to meet my needs.  Is your second NIC connected via USB or PCI-E?

    (mini)pci-e.



  • NUC idea is brilliant.. level of finishing for a test project also.