Hardware Success Story

blender

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Just wanted to post my hardware success story since I did not find much information when I started researching this topic a couple months ago.

I am running:

Intel S3420GPLC MB
Intel Xeon X3430 Quad Core CPU (VT-x & VT-d)
12 GB RAM
2 X 500 GB WD Caviar Blue 7200 RPM SATA drives (Model WD5000AAKS-0)
Adaptec 5405Z RAID Controller (supports write-back cache without battery via Zero Maintenance Module)
Adaptec ACK-I-mSASx4-4SATAx1-SB-0.5m R cable (mini-SAS to SATA)

(Note: I originally purchased a DELL T110 which also had an Intel Xeon X3430 but the DELL BIOS did not like the Adaptec RAID card - the system would not POST. I also had a lowly DELL PE SC440 around that was fine with the card so I laid the blame squarely on the T110 BIOS. DELL essentially agreed and I was given a full refund. In short, stay away from the T110/5405Z combination!)

Bootable CD install of Proxmox was a piece of cake! Nice work guys. Post-install I have made the following changes to date:

I am going KVM only so I (apt-get) installed:

pve-kernel-2.6.32-1-pve
pve-headers-2.6.32-1-pve

Noticed afterward that my pveversion of proxmox-ve was not up-to-date so I (apt-get) installed:

proxmox-ve-2.6.32

(which also installs the ksm-control-daemon aka ksmtuned)

I (apt-get) remove(d): pve-kernel-2.6.18-2-pve

and edited /etc/vz/vz.conf to set: VIRTUOZZO = no

proxmox:~# pveversion -v
pve-manager: 1.5-8 (pve-manager/1.5/4674)
running kernel: 2.6.32-1-pve
proxmox-ve-2.6.32: 1.5-4
pve-kernel-2.6.32-1-pve: 2.6.32-4
qemu-server: 1.1-11
pve-firmware: 1.0-3
libpve-storage-perl: 1.0-10
vncterm: 0.9-2
vzctl: 3.0.23-1pve8
vzdump: 1.2-5
vzprocps: 2.0.11-1dso2
vzquota: 3.0.11-1
pve-qemu-kvm: 0.11.1-2
ksm-control-daemon: 1.0-3

I also want to monitor the health of RAID Array/Drives but Adaptec only provides RPM based install of Storage Manager so I had to (apt-get) install alien to convert the RPM to DEB. Essentially:

alien --to-deb [StorageManager.rpm] which produces a storman[version_amd64].deb

Install with dpkg -i storman[version_amd64].deb

Installs to /usr/StorMan

chmod 755 /usr/StorMan/arcconf

Create /etc/ld.so.conf.d/adaptec.conf with /usr/StorMan in it and run ldconfig

proxmox:~# pveperf
CPU BOGOMIPS: 19199.20
REGEX/SECOND: 892448
HD SIZE: 94.49 GB (/dev/mapper/pve-root)
BUFFERED READS: 204.61 MB/sec
AVERAGE SEEK TIME: 9.69 ms
FSYNCS/SECOND: 3304.63
DNS EXT: 177.87 ms
DNS INT: 192.25 ms (example.com)

Hope this helps someone just getting started.

Feedback welcome.

Cheers
 

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