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Dell PowerEdge T30 MiniServer: Intel Xeon E3-1225, 1TB HDD, 8GB ECC RAM, $329

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Dell the has Dell PowerEdge T30 Mini Server [dell.com] on sale for $549 - $220 off w/ coupon code MD329T30 = $329.

Specs (full specs [dell.com])
Intel Xeon E3-1225 v5 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
Intel HD Graphics P530 (onboard)
8GB 2400 MT/s DDR4 RAM (ECC)
1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive
DVD+/-RW Internal Drive
290W Power Supply
No Operating System
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6x USB 3.0 (2x Front, 4x Rear)
6x USB 2.0 (2x Front, 4x Rear)
1x Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
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Last Edited by gregg098 June 2, 2018 at 05:55 PM
If you want to add some RAM, I recommend getting a good name brand and not some random brand off of eBay. Kingston sells some ECC sticks that work great with it. You can find it here (LINK [kingston.com]). Their site lets you buy it through Kingston or through Amazon. Not cheap, but really not that much more than the "no name" brands either.

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Anyone know how many hard disks r supported? Im building a Nas with 4 drives.



Edit:found my answer. Looks like a good deal.
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Anyone know how many hard disks r supported? Im building a Nas with 4 drives.



Edit:found my answer. Looks like a good deal.
I have 2x2.5 SSDs up where the CD drive goes (though since dell neither provider nor sells blanks to keep out dust, I am blocking the front were the CD slot is with a chunk of foam I cut - trshy looking, but all I got) - Those are boot drive running off the onboard SATA

I DO have 4 3.5inch drives on mine, but since I would have been short 2x SATA ports I have the 4x drives in mine hanging off a Dell Perc H310 crossflashed to an LSI controller I got cheap on ebay.

That said, I'm not sold on running 4 drives in this - the top two drive cages are not nearly as stable as the fixed ones at the bottom, so you get a fair bit of rattle-hum. I had to place the server on a rubber exercise mat on the ground to dampen vibration.

Also, even though as previous SD threads about this server have noted that dell kills the onboard m.2 slot in the last few BIOS updates, this board can still boot from NVMe drives placed in those little PCIe-to-m.2 adapters in one of the three PCiE slots
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I have 2x2.5 SSDs up where the CD drive goes (though since dell neither provider nor sells blanks to keep out dust, I am blocking the front were the CD slot is with a chunk of foam I cut - trshy looking, but all I got) - Those are boot drive running off the onboard SATA

I DO have 4 3.5inch drives on mine, but since I would have been short 2x SATA ports I have the 4x drives in mine hanging off a Dell Perc H310 crossflashed to an LSI controller I got cheap on ebay.

That said, I'm not sold on running 4 drives in this - the top two drive cages are not nearly as stable as the fixed ones at the bottom, so you get a fair bit of rattle-hum. I had to place the server on a rubber exercise mat on the ground to dampen vibration.

Also, even though as previous SD threads about this server have noted that dell kills the onboard m.2 slot in the last few BIOS updates, this board can still boot from NVMe drives placed in those little PCIe-to-m.2 adapters in one of the three PCiE slots
How much you paid for your Dell Perc H310? Was it flashed and modified to LSI firmware with HBA or you did it yourself?
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How much you paid for your Dell Perc H310? Was it flashed and modified to LSI firmware with HBA or you did it yourself?
I have a Dell Perc H310 too and you can get them for under $30 on e-bay and then maybe $15 more dollars for two sets of cables. There's a guide online for easy flashing and the most difficult thing might be having to tape over a small part of the board.
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I have a Dell Perc H310 too and you can get them for under $30 on e-bay and then maybe $15 more dollars for two sets of cables. There's a guide online for easy flashing and the most difficult thing might be having to tape over a small part of the board.
I am thinking whether to buy one pre-flashed, modified or do it myself, the difference is only $15-$20 tbh.
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Anyone know how many hard disks r supported? Im building a Nas with 4 drives.



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I'm planning on building one for Plex..is this good or should I get a Disk Station drive? I was planning on running 2 8TBs in RAID 1
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I am thinking whether to buy one pre-flashed, modified or do it myself, the difference is only $15-$20 tbh.
Your call. It was definitely very easy to do myself. Google for the tylermade.net guide and see how you feel about doing it.
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Your call. It was definitely very easy to do myself. Google for the tylermade.net guide and see how you feel about doing it.
Haha, I just read it and the steps are fairly simple, not a rocket science. Did you have to cover the pins #5 and #6? My server is Dell T30 too with Xeon, it would be very helpful to hear your experience with this card. Thank you!!!
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I have the Dell T20 which is using exactly the same case. I must say that there's so much room in the case that they could have easily added few more hard drive caddies. Also the airflow is horrible for the hdds. Without my mod the hdd Temps were around 41c which is above optimal temp range for hdds.

For those interested, mod I made was to cover all air holes with tape except the ones directly in front of the hard drives (side panel air vent, rear pcie slots, front vent). This forces the air to pass through the hard drives instead of the other holes. Temps after mod, 34 for the bottom caddies and 35 36 from the top. I'm a happy camper Smilie
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Haha, I just read it and the steps are fairly simple, not a rocket science. Did you have to cover the pins #5 and #6? My server is Dell T30 too with Xeon, it would be very helpful to hear your experience with this card. Thank you!!!
I don't have this server. I have the TS140 and I did need to cover the pins. Took a few tries.
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I'm planning on building one for Plex..is this good or should I get a Disk Station drive? I was planning on running 2 8TBs in RAID 1
I think you are far better off with this for Plex. The Synology DiskStations are very nice but I think you still have to shell out a lot more for one that can run a couple Plex streams.

If you happen to be a student your can probably get Windows Server 2016 for free. Or, FreeNAS is supposed to be good. I wouldn't get too bogged down in the RAM requirements for FreeNAS. If you want to run their maximum reliability RAID, ZFS, you need the RAM, but as far as I know it can operate pretty well for a Plex server without full ZFS.
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I just picked up one of these to replace an aging HP N40L that I was using with Windows 2016 Server Essentials and I'm looking for some advice. I use the N40L to store our files (pictures/video/music, etc.) and to automatically backup our home PCs/laptops since not everything always gets copied to server storage by everyone but it's struggling to keep up lately. I also write PowerShell scripts for work all day long so I wanted to stay with a 2016 platform for testing purposes. I have all my data temporarily stored on another server so I plan to reinstall my copy of 2016 Essentials to this T30 and redo everything. I'm using 4x 3TB Enterprise SATA 6GB/s drives for server data and the 2016 OS will be on a 256GB or larger SSD. I also have a 4 disk JBOD unit that will be used to backup the server to as well. I was thinking about picking up one of those Dell Perc H310 cards to handle the internal disks but I'm not sure if I should use it like it comes (for hardware RAID) or if I should flash it to IT mode and just use the Windows disk pooling feature as I hear mixed information on the controller in RAID mode and I also have 3TB drives. Since this T30 doesn't have an external SATA port, I'm pretty sure my JBOD came with a card I can use for that but, I'm not sure if that's the best way to go either.

Nonetheless, does anyone have advice for what they would do/use for this server/drives/JBOD combo and trying to make it work best under 2016 Essentials?

Thanks in advance to anyone that can provide any suggestions.
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Is this fast enough to host about 10 low-medium traffic APIs in IIS as well as run a SQL Server DB?
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