March 9, 2021

My Home Server Room is a MESS…

– My server rack at home alwaysstarts out neat and tidy, and then all it takes is aproject where I've gotta attach a DVD drive to my systemhere and a failed router that I just throw areplacement in for there, and ugh, some contractors whocome and clear the fiberglass in my attic, leaving fiberglass fibers all over the front of my servers.

Now all of a sudden it's acomplete and utter mess again, but not this time.

This time, sponsored by Pulseway, makers of the softwarethat allows you to monitor not just your servers, but really any Mac, Windows, or Linux machine.

I am going to be completelyproperly cable managing this one cent for all accountingfor the next few projects that I have coming.

I will even be, yes, makingmy own ethernet patch cables.

Look at this.

Isn't this adorable? Watch, see? Out goes this, in goes that.

(electronic music) Step one is to give everythingthe old safe shutdown.

I always do this, I turnedoff the desktops already so now I've gotta issuethe shutdown command to by Unraid server here from my phone.

But we're good.

System is powered off.

Just as I released thatscrew I realized something.

This server is not mounted on rails.

It's just sitting on top of the UPSs.

I better pull that out first.

I do have rails for it, Ijust never installed them.

Oh wow, you can see I was usingthe top panel of this case as a filming plan at some point, that would've been a while ago.

Looks like because it's fiberglass, so the strands are quite longcompared to regular dust, we actually ended up with almost nothing inside the system itself.

So the specs of thisserver are kind of unusual.

I've got a 9900K processor in here and the reason for that isa ran into this weird issue where Plex, if you wantto transcode a 4K Blu-ray and also have subtitles baked into it, it's like a single threadedtask that's super inefficient.

My 32 gigs of RAM, I'vegot a graphics card in here for GPU decoding.

Couple of HPAs so power the drives here.

I think it's around a 150terabytes total storage.

Couple cache drives and finally, a 10 gigabit nic from Aquantia.

And, a redundant power supply.

Just in case one of these modules fails, all I need to do then is is just clean off these drive caddies and oh, that's interesting.

So it's only the ones thatdon't have drives in them that have a bunch of buildup.

That makes sense since those are the ones that are gonna be getting themost air flowing through them.

Something I do have anextra of in case of failure is a hard drive.

So this a cold spare, and key note among you might've noticed that I'm using Seagate Archive drives which use shingles magnetic recording.

Now it's cheaper and moreefficient use of the platter, but it has a right speed penalty, and as you might've noticedin WB's recent scandal where they were shifting WE Red shingled magnetic recordingdrives without telling anybody, they are not ideal for Raid.

But don't worry, for my use case it's fine because I'm not usingRaid, I'm using Unraid, which has Parity and data redundancy, but it does not use stripesacross the various discs.

So that means that I'mall good with these.

I get around 220 megabytes asecond writing to the Unraid, then a little faster reading off it.



I'm sorry.

Ow, shoot.

Well, it's good for findingyour keys when they're missing.


com I used tennis balls to holdup the UPSs at the back.

I had to find the rightnumber of tennis balls to support them.

The answer is five.

It's not stupid if it works.

Flat ethernet cables, thesehave a terrible reputation.

But that said, all I wasusing it for was like my Sonos hub thing, so.

New rule, any cable that Idon't know where it goes, I'm not gonna plug it in anymore.

At least two of these I havenot idea what they're for.

Also, gross.

Dead bee, bleh.

I'm actually gonna be adding some stuff to the server cabinet.

Some new switching gear fromUbiquity and that kind of stuff so I wanna move it up so I cansalvage two more Us of space.

This really really is awesome, see you can adjust the length.

So here's the first connectionthat I can make here.

So we're going into one ofthe non-power ethernet ports because it doesn't have to deliver power to my other switch obviously.

Just the two Ubiquity units, so a router and a switch, andthen we've got these three Us that we could theoreticallymove these up into.

I'm gonna leave mine on top'cause I quite frequently end up plugging optimal drives into it and stuff.

So that's just gonna stay.

Are these cat footprints? For those who are wondering, I'm rocking a 3900X 12-Core processor.

I've got a Titan RTX over there.

And then I've got this weirdo gigabyte, I think it's a one terabyte MVMe SSD in the PCI express lot down here.

I'm running some super old64 gigs DVR-420 6606 RAM.

Not a great pairing forthat processor, I know.

And them I'm still using the AX 1500i, this thing is going strongform the original build as well as this super coolcustom reservoir D5 pump, and then of course X570 Aqua from ASRock.

It's one of the fewmotherboards on the AMD side that supports Thunderbolt, which is really nice to have if you can run a Thunderboltcable through the wall, use a Thunderbolt dock, you'vegot 30 gigabit per second of OI for all your capturecards and all the kind of stuff that I use over there.

Yvonne's rig doesn'treally need to be touched.

It's a 60— [Yvonne] Why? It looks terrible.

– What?- [Yvonne] Compared to yours? – [Sebastian] Well it doesn't have water cooling.

– It looks terrible! – [Sebastian] It doesn'tneed water cooling.

– [Yvonne] It's messy.

– There.

Tuck that there, you know? We can, well we'll clean the filter.

All right? – [Yvonne] You weren'teven gonna clean my filter? – Well yeah, I wasgonna clean your filter.

Clearly doesn't get cleaned as often.

It's fine as it is anyway.

6700K, I think it's got 16 gigs of RAM.

You know, you got my old Titan X Pascal.

Lots of people would give their left nut for a system like this.

So I expect a left nutfrom you in the mail.

Don't tell me where you got it.

I gotta put both systemsforward in order to put your mounting hardware in and thatmeans basically all the weight is hanging off the frontof this thing right now 'cause it's empty.

Hey that's not the, heythe printer saved the day.

After a recent experiencelosing a UPS at the office, I just though, you know, like why cheap out on this? So I splurged a picked up two of these APC 1500 Volt Amp units here.

When I was mapping out all of my circuits at my house recently, what I realized is that thisroom and everything in it is on a shared circuit witha whole bunch of other lights and outlets in my house.

So what I'm planning to dois have Brian the electrician come up here and we're gonnaput a dedicated circuit in there for that gear, meaning that it would be nice to have a little bit more capacity because when that happens, I'd also like to go back to my plan of having the VR gaming rig that's down in the living roomactually relocated up here so we can do like a superclean setup down there.

That is terrific.

No more tennis balls for me.

Thanks APC.

Help, I'm stuck under a server! (grunting) Okay.

Now I get to attach these systems properly for the first time ever, how fun– (drill buzzing) Is that.

I always like to getpower cable management out of the way first.

They're just kinda bulkyand it's nice to not have to deal with them when you'retrying to do the finer stuff.

Brought both of gamingdesktops to the top UPS and the server to the bottom one.

That means that the gamingdesktops won't last as long in the event of a poweroutage, but they're just quite frankly not as important.

This gives me a lot more time to react and get the server shut down correctly.

I know I said I was gonna doeverything really properly but if you think aboutit, hot gluing a power bar to the inside of your serverrack isn't really not properly, like it's, I'm pretty surethat's generally accepted desk practice material right there.

One aspect of the cablemanagement that I can't fix by tidying up the rack hereis the Fiber connection that comes in from mygarage and the display port and optimal USB connections that go out to the room over there.

So I made a new hole butI'm gonna have to run those again, because right nowever since Collin set it up, they've just been comingin through this opening and I haven't been able to close it.

The cat keeps going out there, it's a real pain in the butt.

Here's the other side of that hole.

I totally nailed lining it up.

Now we make a new, more bigger hole.

Well it's hardly perfect butit is literally in the attic so I'm not gonna stress about it too much.

The good news, is it's alot cleaner on this side.

So I'm just gonna installone of those little like brush things here andthen we gonna be good to go.

That it a lot better.

Small update, I am not bothering with thecustom cables for everything.

It is 3:00 in the morning.

One thing I'm not gonnacable manage properly is this ASUS router.

Just 'cause it's gonna get replaced, so I'm just gonna plunk it right there.

But I mean it's allstill looking pretty good from the front here.

I think we are ready for the big test.

(mumbles) I am on wifi.

See if the computers work.

Oh, well that's simple.

Mine's up.

Mine is (mumbles) yes! Okay.

And then yours, we're good.

Keyboard working? Yes! Man I am just so stokedwith how this turned out.

Check this out.

Magnet mounted dust filter.

Oh yeah.

It's gonna stay tidy thistime, ladies and gentlemen.

Of course managing yourhardware is just half the battle and that's where today'ssponsor Pulseway comes in.

Pulseway is a real time remote monitoring and management software thatallows you to manage systems and support users from anywhere.

So I signed up for their free account which allows you up to twosystems from my home closet here and it means that I canjust login from anywhere on my phone or from acomputer and see things like available memory, processes that are running, I can open up a terminaland execute commands, and I can even run automation scripts.

It's pretty freaking sick.

And if you get into theirmore advanced tiers, man you can do some amazing stuff.

We're talking full remote desktop access and this really cool newfeature called auto-remediation where you can bascially set up workflows that will fix problemsfor you on their own.

So you can have something like, actually we had an issue thatthis would've been perfect for a couple of years agowhere the Dropbox service kept randomly stoppingon one of our servers that we needed to synchronizeall of the scripts that we put on our teleprompter.

So with Pulseway's auto-remediation, you can just say hey, if this service stops, restart the service, and hey, fire off an email over to us so that we can keep an eye on how often this bloody thing is failing.

It's super cool.

Don't take my word for it though, try it out today for free at the link in the video description.

We've also teamed upwith Pulseway and Corsair to give away a prettysick working from home slash gaming rig.

It's a Corsair i140 with a Core i7 9700K and Nvidia RTX 2080, we'llhave those full details down below as well.

Thanks for watching guys.

If you enjoyed this video, you might enjoy a recent one where Anthony and I made someupgrades to our server room at the office.

It's definitely worth a watch.


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