Setting up a Used Tyan S7012

Used Tyan S7012 How-To Per the title, I bought a used Tyan S7012GM4NR motherboard as the start of my new home server build. They’re super cheap on Ebay, and can be had for less than $US80! And here it is in all its glory: Basic specs are: Dual LGA1366 18 RAM slots (Triple channel config…

iPod 5th gen SSD upgrade

First off, thanks to reader “Goats” for poking me.. I needed a kick up the arse to get back to this blog thing. Background In August of last year I mentioned in passing that I fitted a solid state drive to an old 2006 iPod Video (aka 5th generation).  So I guess the first question…

Review – Vantec EZ Swap F4 drive cage

I specifically chose the case for my new home server for its internal bays (7x 3.5″) and its external dimensions, as it has to fit on the same closet shelf as my old Microserver N36L.  I ended up choosing the Lian-Li PC-V354b Case which is working out great for me. More on that in another…

FreeNAS LSI Host Bus Adapter setup

This post is short and to the point – annoyingly, the LSI drivers for FreeBSD seem to have issues using MSIX interrupts, which causes the adapter to either not work at all, or to stop working.  The fix is simple, once you know how to do it 🙂 Lets start by assuming you’ve got your…

The home server closet

Sept. 30th 2011 was the day the microserver went live.  So for the last 2 years, our home network has been centered around this little HP Microserver N36L.  These are great little machines I must say – its been rock solid, no hardware issues, and has just sat in the closet chugging away with barely…