Server questions from a desktop user

Discussion in 'Highly Technical' started by corvaxmuzzy, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. corvaxmuzzy

    corvaxmuzzy Junior Member

    Jan 17, 2013
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    I thought that this subforum would be the best fit for the questions (feel free to move it if I'm wrong).

    I have spent the last few months, in my spare time, looking over (enterprise) server hardware information. I know what FC, HBA, SAS, PERC, PDU, VRM, 1U-4U, and 1 or 2 other terms mean. I could tell you (the variety of) processors, chipset, & RAM, of many modern HP, DELL, & Supermicro motherboards. I just have no hands-on knowledge.

    I want get in on some server action!

    The best way to answer these questions may just be for me to "just start buying & building," but I was hoping for some pre-trial help.

    Will my server boot without a SAS backplane installed? Without I/O or VGA panels/cards installed?

    I could list specific server boards, but I am really hoping for you to share general & specific knowledge. What do you know?

    Does anyone have Fibre Channel lines in his house?

    Anyone have links to (preferably LARGE) schematics of server mobos?

    If my server has a SAS backplane, does that mean that there is no onboard controller?

    If I have a PCI-E or PCI-X RAID controller, how is it connected to the SAS backplane?

    If I do not use the specific fans for ________ board, will it start beeping (or otherwise bother me about my custom cooling?)?

    I see no SAS/SATA plugs on this mobo itself, should I just go to sleep and let the grown-ups mess with servers?
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  3. mv2devnull

    mv2devnull Golden Member

    Apr 13, 2010
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    How about this: explain us some terms first -- "server" and "SAS backplane". Explaining to others tends to clarify things.
  4. rsutoratosu

    rsutoratosu Platinum Member

    Feb 18, 2011
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    This will answer all your backplane questions.

    Its usually used for server cases so you can hot swap the drives

    If you dont use backplanes, basically you would get a cable like mini sas into 4 sata/sas cables

    Backplane usually uses one of the many sas port standards sff 8087, 8484,

    so many standards, depends on what you get or use