Showing posts with label hp proliant. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hp proliant. Show all posts

This Week I Learned - 2016 Week 23

Last week write-up or you might want to read the whole series.

Calculate the power supply needed for your Power Supply Unit (PSU). It seems that my HP Proliant ML110 G6's PSU of 300 watt seems sufficient enough. Maybe the issue is with the power socket or adapter? Next step, install different operating system to test it out. Or maybe I should proceed on building a HTPC instead? But find the required parts is quite an frustrating process. I've never realize that quite a lot of product, for example, casing is not available in MY.

AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini Quad-Core 2.05 GHz is my favourite CPU processor (or APU to be exact) right now besides the XEON X-series. This is a very unique processor that sits between 5150 and 5370 but that supports virtualization extension (AMD-V). Hence, this processor is suitable for building your own homelab which fully utilizes the quad-cores for virtualization. Furthermore, the power consumption is 25 Watt TDP. However, the motherboard choices for AM1l is quite limited but so far only Asus AM1l-A seems to support ECC Ram or not?

One good example of using this processor is building a pfSense firewall. Why one want to build and setup a homelab? Well, if you want to be a full stack engineer or just having some fun building a machine.

As it's very hard to find a single 5350 in MY. The next best option to go for A4 5000, which have similar features to Athlon 5350 but lower clock speed. The only available APU option right now here is BioStar A68N 5000. While having higher TDP, it's still a preferable choice when compare to Celeron J1800 or J1900 for its AES encryption support and less painful VMWare's ESXi installation.

How to teach yourself programming. Learning a new programming language is never hard, you just have to use it on daily basis and experienced the whole eco-system.

Something more about Perl. The official Perl's Docker image is up (via Reddit). So right now, we can have an isolated Perl environment for customization and development. So many things I want to try out, for examples, Moo (Minimalist Object Orientation), DNSMadeEasy Webservices API, and try to figure out how to define and use constant properly in Perl.

While we're on Docker, it seems the default Docker installation in my Ubuntu 16.04 cannot be executed by non-root user. To enable this,
$ sudo groupadd docker
$ sudo gpasswd -a ${USER} docker
$ sudo systemctl restart docker
$ sudo systemctl status docker
$ newgrp docker # no need to logout and login again
$ docker version

Chromiun OS for Single Board Computers (SOCs). Is time to use back the shelved Raspberry Pi 2.

This Week I Learned - 2016 Week 22

Write-up for last week or you might want to read the whole series.

As the HP Proliant server keeps restarting for no particular reasons  and I can't seem to pinpoint the exact reason, is either the PSU or the motherboard. I've a hunch this is caused by the motherboard. As this is a server, the motherboard is very particular and monitor different kinds of thresholds. For example, if the heat sink fan and case fan are not running, the machine won't boot. Maybe is time for me to switch to different motherboard, a desktop-based motherboard.

As I learned in the past with this machine, finding replacement parts was a bit tricky. Looking for a replacement motherboard seems a bit hard these days, especially I want to reuse the Intel Xeon X3430 CPU (Lynnfield). As the X34xx processor supports only LGA 1156 processor socket, which has been phased out and not available in the market these days. I've three choices. First, buy a used LGA 1156 motherboard or source it from TaoBao. Second, install Windows Server to it and see any issues. Third, buy a used LGA 1156 motherboard.

Inspiring online. So much creativity these days using web to express yourself.

I have created 50 games in 2014. (HN discussion) Well, I've none in my entire development life until now and will continue to be so. Anyone can develop a game but the subtle details are what separating a boring normal games to something more exciting and enticing. Presentation by Jan Willem Nijman, Martin Jonasson and Petri Purho demonstrate this superbly.

Not a gamer but I've realize that I never actually install Steam before. Tried to install it, as usual, there is always some hiccup and workaround here and there. Command below should be good enough to go through the workaround. It has been a while since I last play any games, still nothing fancy here, nothing much to explore. Nevertheless, Steam enabled the GNU/Linux have a platform for gaming, good for creating awareness of its existences.
$ find $HOME/.steam/root/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/*/usr/lib/ -name "" \
-exec mv "{}" "{}.bak" \; -print

Finally, a quieter workstation.

After so many weeks, I've managed to remove the "vacuum cleaner" noise from the HP Proliant ML 110 server and turned it into a usable workstation. I should have done this earlier but it took me a while to take the initiative to figure out how to solve it.

The changes were so simple that I laughed at my own over-analyzed solution and bought unnecessary replacement accessory parts. Since the noise was caused by the high speed fan at 4000 RPM, the best way was just to replace it with fan of lower RPM.

Two major issues I faced. First, is very hard to get a cheap PWM 4 pins 92mm fan in MY unless you bought it together with the heatsink or your source it from Taobao. Second, you can reuse the existing 6 pins JWT A2504 connector instead of buying a new one. Even so, I can't get the exact model but similar 6 pins 2510 connector works just fine.

In the end of the day, I've learned so much about casing and heatsink fan and their related power connector. Such knowledge should be quite handy in case I need to build another workstation in coming future.

Result before and after replacement.
$ sudo apt-get install freeipmi-tools lm-sensors

Default server fans
$ sudo /usr/sbin/ipmi-sensors | grep Fan
1344  | REAR FAN         | Fan                      | 4000.00   | RPM   | 'OK'
1408  | CPU FAN          | Fan                      | 4000.00   | RPM   | 'OK'

After replacement with lower RPM fans.
$ sudo /usr/sbin/ipmi-sensors | grep Fan
1344  | REAR FAN         | Fan                      | 1803.07    | RPM   | 'OK'
1408  | CPU FAN          | Fan                      | 2241.20    | RPM   | 'OK'

I forgot to capture the result before the replacement but I recall it should be the same, roughly around 35C to 39C.
$ sudo sensors-detect
$ watch -n 1 -d sensors
Adapter: ISA adapter
Core 0:       +37.0°C  (high = +83.0°C, crit = +99.0°C)
Core 1:       +36.0°C  (high = +83.0°C, crit = +99.0°C)
Core 2:       +38.0°C  (high = +83.0°C, crit = +99.0°C)
Core 3:       +35.0°C  (high = +83.0°C, crit = +99.0°C)