My first ever homelab finally taking shape. Excuse the wonky image!
By - HazzaPatch
Tray containing HDMI matrix + Fan controller
Poweredge R410 with upgraded SAS controller running UNRAID - 8TB
Ryzen 2700x, Rx580, 16GB Corsair DDR4 RAM
Cisco Catalyst 2960G
Eaton 5P 650i UPS
It’s a start!
Awesome! What case are you using for your PC? Looks neat!
An idea of what it looks like now minus the two exhaust fans that weren’t installed at the time of the photo.
Rotate the pump block around and you should then be able to mount the radiator properly!
I had literally just transferred it from my old case so was just testing placement as there was no proper mounting :) it’s been reversed since
Thank you :) it’s really good actually. It’s 4U and from scan ... a bit of ‘engineering to get it to work but works well.
Nice the vent holes cut outs makes it look like Lian-Li. I really like it thanks for posting!
What rack do you have? I’m currently looking for one, as I’m getting that case too for my personal build :)
I found it on Facebook Marketplace. It’s unbranded so I have no idea sorry.
Ah thanks mate. No problem, I guess I’ll just search Amazon. Thanks for the reply.
What are you using for hdmi matrix ? can you explain the use case ? Thanks
Their PC is in the rack, my bet is on playing games on the couch in a different room.
Hey, I did have a matrix but swapped it out to a generic splitter -4 in 1 out. PC + Xbox + pi In to the box then out straight to my desk monitor. It’s overkill but saves changing the input on the monitor and allows to switch source with a remote!
Uh oh your Eaton is at 17%
> Uh oh your Eaton is at 17%
Something is Eaton a lot of power!
Haha. Just finished a UPS test running it solely off battery. It’s restored now haha
How many watts is that Eaton? And how long does it last?
650W and with both my pc and server utilising it around 10 minutes
Oh, huh. Are you supposed to put switches at the front of the rack? It makes a lot more sense that way, I’ve always had mine in the back and had to disconnect Ethernet when pulling a server out.
Time to spend all day making longer patch cables :p
It's user preference. I personally put my switches at the back facing out. Some data centers put them in front some in back. It depends on airflow and if they have dedicated racks for switch gear or are using 10Gb+ fiber.
Pros to front mounting:
* Easy to see which ports are connected for port/mac based access control(some people like the look, I won't knock them for it).
* Temporarily patching in floor or desk equipment is easier.
* airflow from switches is not competing with other equipment (only important if your cabinet has sides).
* i'm, sure there are others i'm forgetting but this is off the top of my head.
Pros to rear mounting:
* Ethernet drops plug right in, making moving the rack or just pulling it out a little, easier (You shouldn't need to do this all the time, but homelabs often like to play with their setup)
* Cables run right into the back of machines making cable management easier.
* if you like a dark room, port lights aren't making a mess of it.
* you gain additional space on the front for other equipment, you don't need to take another 1U slot for running cables back through, or have to run them down the sides (I only have 4U free on a 24U rack, even thats already planned for other stuff, taking up another 2U for switching equipment just isn't necessary).
* Routing cables is easier as it just has to run from point A on the back to point B on the back. Minimal cabling can be used, which is more important if you aren't making your own cables.
* Tracing cables can be easier as there is no running from front to back to see where they plug in (you should label everything but that doesn't always happen in home labs).
As far as pulling machines without disconnecting them. I strongly suggest against this unless you are using cable management arms. Putting the switch on the front does not allow you to now pull things without disconnecting the cables. If you run a cable from the switch to the machine below it, sure you can pull that one without disconnecting ethernet. But the machine that is 2 below the switch still has its ethernet running around the server between it and the switch, so pulling it still requires you to disconnect the ethernet or just have several feet of slack (which you could have done for the rear mount too).
Why I suggest not pulling them connected without a management arm is due to the spaghetti monster getting in the way. No matter how much I tried or cable tied, when I had enough slack in the cable to pull machines out without disconnecting, they always got tangled with other machines. I had to disconnect everything anyway. The only thing that has worked is running custom length cables, and tying off all the slack for things like power cords or HDMI, etc. Cable management arms on my servers on slides allows me to pull them without touching the back, but the arm keeps things from dragging across other machines.
Of course it's to each their own, but I never suggest front mounted switches unless you either have a permanent spot like a closet where patch panels make sense (usually for home ethernet wiring that will never change), or where you have a dedicated rack for switchgear and other things aren't going to be having connections behind the switches.
Man, I’m saving this comment, thanks for the advice. I’ll probably leave my rear mounted setup for now.
Front of the rack with a patch panel makes things super easy and it looks nice. [Here's an example from a random Google search result.](https://buildhomenetworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/switch-rack-with-8in-cables-1200x1600.jpg)
I often see people who put their pc in their server setup - how do you connect to it, Is it a Remote Desktop setup? with a thin client? Or do you work close to the server?
In this instance I work close to the sever :) was going to thunderbolt, however for ease, long HDMI and usb! Works perfectly for my needs.
Thanks - looks nice by the way.
My wife's gaming PC is in the rack because it eats space and isn't used daily. Now she streams the games over Steam on her laptop on the couch. I have an Eaton eMAA10 PDU which has a webinterface to start the PC remotely.
That is a cool device, didn't know about it. Eaton says it's end of life. Know of a replacement?
I think the ePDU G3 models are the current ones. For home-use I think they are kind of expensive. Would try getting an older model on ebay. Just make sure it's a managed one with input/output measuring.
Will do, thanks for your help.
You are not wrong about the price
Would you then Remote Desktop to it using her laptop for example?
No just for gaming so using Steam to stream is fine. She uses the laptop for normal desktop work.
This is kinda beautiful.
Looks neat! (literally and figuratively)
What are you doing with your compute power?
Main PC - video editing, photo editing and general productivity
Unraid server - vm host, NAS, network management, media server
Very nice! I thought about putting my main PC into my rack as well but didn't go forward with it.
I haven't done much with UnRaid VM functionality but i have been curious.
Im going to setup a Ryzen based VMware server soon as well. Great value platform for homeservers!
My experience with UnRaid so far has been fantastic! I would highly recommend it.
Do you have a link for the rack rails? Does any generic set work?
For the PC? I found this which actually turned out to be a bit of a pain.... but they eventually worked!
I found them with a different supplier.
What case is that?
Love it! I really want to get a short little rack to put under my desk and move my main PC to a rack case too.
I always see people saying they have a homelab, I would just like to ask what it is and what they do and if I should try to make it get one.
upgraded sas controller = swap out perc 6/ir?
Indeed :) upgrade to H700 for 4 TB disk support
i also got r410 and been thinking to upgrade the sas card to support sata hd >2TB....anyways nice setup u got here :)
If you do, source the parts on eBay as they are excellent! Even the items listed as stocked in china come pretty quick.
How loud is the R410? Are you using IPMITOOL scripts to slow the fans at all?
Pretty loud if left unmanaged. Yes absoloutely. I have a fan control/disable script that runs at the start of the array and CRON scheduled control script that runs every minute.
I have finally found another poweredge r410 user!
Oh wow I have a poweredge r410 too, very cool