Introducing Kitesfear

Kitesfear's login banner

Kitesfear's login banner

My new server (a CybertronPC Quantum QBA2420) is now officially online.  All the needed services are up and the finishing touch (the login banner) was applied today.

Here is is, fresh out of the box:

Kitesfear on the dining room table

Kitesfear on the dining room table

It’s got a 5-tray SATA-II hotswap canister on the left and a DVD-ROM and 3-tray hotswap canister on the right.  I currently have 3x 160GB SATA-I disks in the 5-tray (configured as a RAID-5 array through the Silicon Image SATA-I RAID card) and 1x 500GB SATA-II and 1x 160GB SATA-I in the 3-tray (the first 160GB of the 500GB and all of the 160GB configured as a software RAID-1 and the rest of the 500GB configured for temporary space and swap).  The OS is on the RAID-1 and the data is on the RAID-5.

Here it is resyncing the RAID-5 array after the first reboot:

Resyncing the RAID-5 array

Resyncing the RAID-5 array

The green lights are the disk status (green is nominal, orange is failed). The orange lights are the disk activity indicators. The seek patterns on a RAID-5 array make the disk activity LEDs blink in a most sexy fashion. 🙂


  1. #1 by Phillip on May 15, 2011 - 11:15 PM

    But the big question: how’s everything running?

    • #2 by Joshua on May 16, 2011 - 6:53 AM

      Very well. I had almost forgotten how a stable server is supposed to run. I had just gotten used to all of dustpuppy’s minor quirks and failures that when stuff just works like it’s supposed to without days and hours of dicking around with heisenbugs, it makes me exceedingly happy.

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