In October 2011 I built my first home server. The server was named Mordor.

The home server project is an ongoing process. Routine maintenance, hardware upgrades, and software stack ensuring I get all the features I want.

This is the index page for all posts related to the ongoing project.

Below, you can also find an up-to-date spec of Mordor.

See also my post on side projects workflow for details on projects and index pages.

Note that this project started before I formalized this workflow, so it doesn’t follow it.

Project Posts

Here is a list of posts related to the project, ordered from oldest to newest:

Mordor – Current Spec

CPU Intel® Core™ i5-3550 (Amazon, eBay)
Mother Board ASUS P8Z68-V Pro s1155 (BIOS updated to v3402) (Amazon, eBay)
RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) (Amazon, eBay)
Host Boot Device SanDisk Cruzer Blade 4GB Flash Disk (Amazon, eBay)
RAID Card IBM ServerRAID M1015 (cross-flashed with the LSI “IT” firmware (for LSI 9210-8i) ) (eBay, Amazon)
Case Fractal Design Define XL Full Tower ATX (Amazon, eBay)
Power Supply Corsair TX 650W V2 Active PFC (Amazon, eBay)
CPU Cooling Noctua NH-U12P SE2 (Amazon, eBay)
Case Fans 3 built-in fan + Antec True Quiet 140mm (Amazon, eBay)
Datastore HDs
  1. Patriot Torqx 2.5″ 64GB SATA II (SSD) (Amazon, eBay)
  2. 2x Western Digital Red 3TB SATA III 3.5″ WD30EFRX (Mechanical) (Amazon, eBay)
  3. Western Digital Green 3TB SATA III 3.5″ WD30EZRX (Mechanical) (Amazon, eBay)
  1. 3x Western Digital Red 3TB SATA III 3.5″ WD30EFRX (Mechanical) (Amazon, eBay)

Total NAS capacity: 6TB, surviving loss of up to one HD

UPS Advice PRV 850 USB

Host software: VMware ESXi Hypervisor 5.1.0

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