Fun with Dell Servers and My Home Lab

Tons on the internet about this, so this is a ‘spread the word’ kind of thing! If you are using an older Dell server (PowerEdge 2900+) and you have a PERC 5, 6, or H200 … DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON BIGGER HD’s!! These controllers only support 2TB and lower. I bought the R410 I have now to replace my aging 2900. The 2900 had 8x 1TB HD’s on a Perc 6/i as a RAID 10. With the R410 it only has 4 bays, so I bought 4x 3TB drives and was going to setup a a RAID 10 to get 6TB usable… Perc 6/i also… and it only saw the drives as 2TB .. DOH! So I had to go RAID 5 … and lost 1/3 of my storage… fix for this?? Need to buy an H700 or newer PERC… H700/i is supported on the R410 but they aren’t cheap … so that is on hold for now.


If anyone is interested, here’s the lab setup:
– Dell PowerEdge R410; 4x 3TB SATA (2TB usable ea in a RAID5); 64GB RAM; 2x X5600 series Xeon CPU; running Windows Server 2012R2 Standard as a HyperV host; has 8 VM’s on … 1) Windows 2012R2 Std domain controller / ESET 6 remote admin server, 2) Windows 2012R2 Std Exchange 2016 Std email server, 3) Windows 2012R2 Std Plex media server, 4) Same as #3 but this media server is the non-kids content, 5) Windows 2012R2 Std private WoW WotLK server for family use only, 6) Sophos UTM 9 VM for email filtering, 7) Windows 8.1 x64 general use VM (RDP), 8) Ubuntu 14.04 Xymon monitoring server

– Cisco ISR 1921 router as my primary router; using split brain DNS (more on that later)

– HP J9450A 24 port managed GB switch

– Cisco SAP1602I WAP / Dlink DAP2590 WAP

– Netgear ReadyNAS Pro 2 (for Veeam HyperV backups)

– BlackArmor NAS 220 for TimeMachine backups

So, the split brain DNS… my domain controller handles DHCP / DNS for most of the network. I have an OpenDNS account and it is locked down for my kids internet access. But, I of course don’t want my internet nor my fiances’ restricted… SOOOO since we don’t need the AD services, I setup DNS on the ISR 1921 which forwards out to I setup a local zone within that taking all requests for my external domain name and routing them to the domain controller. So, inside the house we can get email and view our cameras and what not and all internet traffic goes out unfiltered. Works well. Put reservations on the domain controller for our devices.

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