I’m hoping I can get some build help when I need it but right now I am still in the purchase stage and looking for advice.
The point of this box is to be an all in one home lab. A NAS with a ton of storage, a docker host (plex, Tautuli, etc), a virtualization host for testing and engineering solutions for my work, an onprem cloud (email, nextcloud etc) with remote access, and a backup target for our laptops and mobile devices.
So, after a lot of lurking I am finally ready to start building. Im really attracted to the hardware in the Anniversary build but just my luck it seems I missed the boat on the Gigabyte GA-7PESH2. I was considering the 12 bay Anniversary special but then I decided 12 bays wasnt enough of an upgrade from my current 8 bay so instead I went big, no HUGE, and bought this SuperMicro 848A-R1K62B w/ X9QRi-F+ 24x LFF Server with 4x E5-4617 6 core 2.9 GHZ.
This barebones server doesnt include a RAID card only the integrated SATA controller and I am nervous if this is a problem do to the lack of ports. Although, I know I dont need a HW RAID card with UnRaid or Freenas, I am leaning towards Unraid but havent decided. I could even end up doing Proxmox with a large ZFS pool or even ESXi with local “vSAN” and everything else virtualized on top.
I have 8 SATA drives that I plan to repurpose from my current QNAP and I plan to buy more drives now inorder to have space to transfer all my QNAP data to. I am attracted to the $ per TB of these 4TB HGST SAS drives but I believe I will need this HP Expander card and some SFF-8087 to SFF-8482 breakout cables right? I am flying without any instructions because of the system I chose so Id be grateful for any advice on this you can give me. Thanks!
**This build is going in a closet in the basement. I am not really concerned about the noise generated by this machine but I am concerned about airflow and temperature. So at this time I think I will just play any cooling upgrades by ear until after I get it built initially.