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    By: JohnStutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 – Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B – 4 Bay 2.5” SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap Cage for 5.25” Bay
     
     
     
    In preparation for the HomeServerShow Meetup 2015 I was asked to review the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B – 4 Bay 2.5” SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap Cage for 5.25” Bay (“ExpressCage”).  Which I covered in a three part series beginning with The Icy Dock 5.25” ExpressCage MB324SP-B for four 2.5” drives – Part 1 of 3. Parts 2 and Part 3 soon followed.
     
    One of the things I wanted to display at the meetup was how to use the HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer as an external 4 drive bay for an HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer AND have Microsoft Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 running on the N40L, using an SSD for the OS drive, and with four 2.5’ HDDs available to experiment with Storage Spaces – all of this in a single N40L MicroServer would be possible because of the ExpressCage MB324SP-B. The MB324SP-B worked flawlessly. During the meetup Schoondoggy had much of his equipment located next to mine and when he did the unboxing of the HP ProLiant ML10v2 the group surrounding the ML10v2 noted how easily the ExpressCage MB324SP-B could be used (along with other Icy Dock gear such as the ToughArmor MB998SP- to easily expand the possibilities of what could be done with the ML10v2.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – Discussing how the HP ProLiant ML10v2 could be expanded using the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B and the ToughArmor MB998SP-B
     
     
     
    Later, after the meetup, I had an idea to test the ExpressCage in the desktop computer I currently use for video editing. For video editing I use a drive made of four (4) Samsung 840 Pro SSDs in a RAID0. They were already mounted in my Lian-Li PC-K9WX with a clutter of separate SATA Power and Data connectors. The ability to mount 4 SSDs in the ExpressCage powered by only one 15-pin SATA Power connector would help immensely in cable management (i.e. clutter) and the “looks” inside the PC-K9WX. I would test the 4 SSDs in the ExpressCage in a RAID0 configuration to use as my work drive for video editing.
     
    Before looking at installation in the PC-K9WX lets review the Specifications of the ExpressCage MB324SP-B.
     
     
     
    Specifications of the ExpressCage
     
    Icy Dock provided a list of specifications and product detail that I found very intriguing including support for four 2.5” HDDs/SSDs up to 12.5mm thick, hot-swap support, and SAS/SATA – 6GB/s support. All in a 5.25” half-height form factor needing only one SATA power port.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – Specifications of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – The single 15 Pin SATA Power connector would be a great plus in my mind for cable management – this would be a big help in the N40L as well as my Z77 Desktop
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – The ability to control the fan speed settings is a great feature – since I would be using low powered WD 2.5” drives in the N40L and low powered Samsung SSDs in the Z77 desktop I used the low fan speed setting
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – The extra thought in the design to allow me to switch out the 40mm cooling fan in the future is a great indicator of good design practice, in my opinion
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 – I like to use locking clips and appreciate the physical and audio feedback they provide during installation. The Blue LED’s provide me feedback that the drives are powered
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 – The built-in screws secure the drives well that I was using
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 – Icy Dock provides screws that could be used to further secure the drives to the caddy but I found no need for them – it is nice that they are available though
     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 – ExpressCage MB324SP-B and box contents laid out on a Static Mat
     
     
     

     
    Figure 11 – ExpressCage with Drive Caddy 1 opened
     
     
     

     
    Figure 12 – Key Features of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B
     
     
     
    Installation in the PC-K9WX
     
     
     

     
    Figure 13 – Lian-Li with bottom panel of 5.25” drive-space removed in preparation for ExpressCage MB324SP-B installation. The four SSDs have been removed from the Lian-Li and three have already been mounted inside the MB324SP-B while the fourth SSD sits on the Static Mat ready for installation.
     
     
     
    The installation of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B in my Lian-Li PC-K9WX bottom 5.25” drive bay was relatively easy. I used three screws (part of the supplied screws from Icy Dock) to secure it to the PC-K9WX case. In preparation for the installation I identified and marked the four SATA Data cables (SSDs/Drives 1, 2, 3, 4) and removed three of the four SATA Power cables.
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – Icy Dock ExpressCage in my Lian-Li PC-K9WX
     
     
     

     
    Figure 14 – ExpressCage MB324SP-B installed in Lian-Li PC-K9WX
     
     
     

     
    Figure 15 –ExpressCage MB324SP-B powered up and operating successfully with the four SSDs in RAID0 for video editing
     
     
     
    The ExpressCage MB324SP-B performed well in the Lian-Li PC-K9WX. In addition to de-cluttering my cables inside the PC-K9WX the lights for each drive provide an immediate feedback that each drive was active (an unexpected benefit that I’ve grown to appreciate a lot) plus I had the benefit of now being able to access each drive without having to open the case of the PC-K9WX – a big benefit in my opinion since I am almost constantly reconfiguring my machines to fit new projects. The range of drive heights (7mm to 12.5mm) supported gives me more flexibility in the future when I want/need to try different drive configurations.
     
    Bottom line: the ExpressCage MB324SP-B is a very useful and versatile piece of hardware with many possible applications.
     
     
     
    As-Built: Diligence


    Lian-Li PC-K9WX


    GA-Z77X-UD5H


    32GB RAM


    Windows 8.1


    Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B with 4 Samsung 840 Pro’s in RAID0 for Video Editing


    Etc.
     
     
    Please join us in the HSS Forums with any question or comments.
     
     
     
    References:
     
    The Icy Dock 5.25” ExpressCage MB324SP-B for four 2.5” Drives – Part 1 of 3 http://homeservershow.com/the-icy-dock-5-25-expresscage-mb324sp-b-for-four-2-5-drives-part-1-of-3.html
     
    Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=196
     
    Icy Dock Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/IcyDock
     
    Icy Dock Playlist:
     
    MeetUp Playlist:

    Dave
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    We are breaking down the big #Windows10Devices event held on October 6th in NYC. Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Band 2, and more new gear from Microsoft.  I'm chatting with Brian Friedlander and Richard Hay both of whom were in NYC for the festivities.  We dive into the specs, design, engineering, and wow factor of all the Surface Devices and Band 2. Very minimal chat on all the other gear that we can save for the next podcast.  Tonight was all about Surface.
     
    This is a long one but I had tons of fun on it. Probably one of my favorites in 2015. (Fanboy Alert: I was a little giddy about all the new gear.)
     
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    Dave

    Synology DSM 6.0 Beta Launches

    By Dave, in NAS,

    October 14 UPDATE: It's out! Get started here, after you read the article below of course.
     
    October 7 UPDATE:  There has been a last minute change to DSM 6 Beta!  It will be delayed for a bit so stay tuned to this site for more updates.  Until then, the news below is still fantastic! Read on.
     
    Synology has unleashed DSM 6.0 Beta this morning as well as given us a roadmap of devices and software for 2016.
     
    Synology is looking for a big year in 2016 so I'll start with what I'm really looking forward to and that is networking.  They have teased us about a router and more details are slowly being released.  The RT1900ac router is a home product that has the user in mind when managing it via the "desktop-like interface."  Look for an easy setup process for PC's and mobile devices with options to control traffic by device, application, and bandwidth. Other highlights include:


    Robust performance:
    provides up to 1900 Mbps combined transfer speeds and supports beamforming which can maximize Wi-Fi signal for specific devices.
    Revolutionary user interface:
    Synology users who are familiar with the DSM OS, will enjoy the Synology Router Manager (SRM) operating system. Designed to be similar to the original DSM, SRM comes with a DS router mobile app, DS file, and DS download for accessibility and easy file management.
    Advanced network management:
    includes application-based traffic control and DNS-based, customizable web filters.
    Exclusive Synology add-ons:
    supports several popular Synology packages such as VPN Server, Radius Server, and Download Station. Connect the router with an external storage device and it immediately turns into a personal cloud.


    I hope to get hands on with the RT1900ac at CES 2016.  I'll get you as much info on it as possible when I can.  One thing you can get hands on now is DSM 6.0.  Synology has announced the beta of Disk Station Manager 6 on October 7th, 2015.  They hope to gather input on the new OS in order to launch it in 2016. In past years I would tell you to look for the final release around the CES timeframe but this beta will be extended in order to concentrate on features, quality, and security.  To try out the new beta head over to: http://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/6.0beta

    There are so many sweeping changes in this beta and future 2016 release that it's hard to go over them one by one.  Let's first take a look at the models that are able to run 6.0 and this beta.  It's a big list.
     


    16-series: RS18016xs+, RS2416(RP)+
    15-series: RC18015xs+, RS815(RP)+, RS815, DS3615xs, DS2415+, DS2015xs, DS1815+, DS1515+, DS1515, DS715, DS415+, DS415play, DS215+, DS215j, DS115, DS115j, BC214se 2300, BC115j 1300, BC115j 1200
    14-series: RS3614xs+, RS3614(RP)xs, RS2414(RP)+, RS814(RP)+, RS814, RS214, DS414, DS414j, DS414slim, DS214+, DS214, DS214play, DS214se, DS114
    13-series: RS10613xs+, RS3413xs+, DS2413+, DS1813+, DS1513+, DS713+, DS413, DS413j, DS213+, DS213, DS213air, DS213j
    12-series: RS3412(RP)xs, RS2212(RP)+, RS812(RP)+, RS812, RS212, DS3612xs, DS1812+, DS1512+, DS712+, DS412+, DS212+, DS212, DS212j, DS112+, DS112, DS112j
    11-series: RS3411(RP)xs, RS2211(RP)+, RS411, DS3611xs, DS2411+, DS1511+, DS411+II, DS411+, DS411, DS411j, DS411slim, DS211+, DS211, DS211j, DS111
    Noteable is the availability of DSM 6 beta for you BeyondCloud users. They are listed in the 2015 year series.  Synology will award a DS215j to the beta testers who provide the most valuable assistance and feedback for Beta 1 and Beta 2 respectively. Three winners will be selected at each stage. Visit https://www.synology.com/dsm/6.0beta/ReleaseNote for more details.
     
    Synology has made a few stops all over the world in order to present all of this information to as many folks as possible but they have done us a favor and put it on YouTube.  If you have a spare hour and a half you can see everything.  Fortunately for most, they have created a table of contents so you can go right to the information you are interested in!  I'll admit that I have not made it through the entire video but it's super interesting if you are a Synology owner or are looking to get into the platform.
     

     
    Wrapping up, Synology has an Apple Watch app planned, new stations for 2016, improved Survelliance Station, and app improvements for streaming and transcoding.  All of this is covered in the video if you are curious.  This should be an exciting year for Synology and it's users.
     
    Comment and discuss this article and Synology's 2016 roadmap in the Home Server Show Forums located here: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10087-synology-2016-roadmap-and-dsm-60-beta/
     
     
     
     
     
    All links on this page will go active during the day on October 7th, 2015.
     
    Press Release:

    Synology Plans New OS, Virtual DSM, Apple Watch® App, First Router & More In 2016

    Private Cloud Leader Unveils Big Changes for Business and Personal Tech

    Bellevue, WA— October 7, 2015— To meet increasing demands for professional and personal technology, Synology America Corp. will make sweeping changes in 2016. Next year, the company will launch the new DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.0 operating system, apps for wearables, advanced network attached storage (NAS) products, and its first router – the Synology RT1900ac.

    Changes Focus on Two Audiences – Business and Home Users

    “Synology is more than NAS devices,” said Synology Marketing Manager Jason Bonoan. “Many of our business customers use our DiskStations and RackStations as replacement servers. So, it makes sense that SMEs and SMBs asked for more features for virtualization, data protection, disaster recovery, and productivity apps. We’ve listened and redesigned our OS and hardware to meet their demands.”

    On October 7, 2015, Synology will launch the DSM 6.0 beta to gain input for the new OS, which is scheduled for release in 2016.

    Bonoan continued, “Still, Synology products are also very popular at home, so we’re adding new software and hardware for those users, too. In the coming months, you’ll see integration for Apple Watch®, better streaming for Video Station, and our first router – the RT1900ac.”

     

    A Better OS for Work and Home

    All Synology NAS use the same intuitive DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system – from the two bay BeyondCloud, up to the RC18015xs+ which has over 1 PB of raw storage. Synology’s new OS will have innovations for both business and home users. Since customers don’t have to learn a different DSM for work and play, it’s easier to stay connected to their entire digital life. To try out the new DSM 6.0 beta go to: www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/6.0beta. For more on the new DSM 6.0 highlights and hardware launches for business and personal use, read on.

    DSM AND HARDWARE CHANGES FOR BUSINESS USERS

     

    DSM For Business: Improved Architecture to Support More Enterprise Features

    With an upgrade of its software architecture, Synology’s new DSM will help companies store more data, process it quicker, maintain better backups, and recover data faster in the event of a disaster – all while saving money and improving office productivity. Highlights include:

    1.           Rolled up OS architecture: will support expanded 64-bit computing in more components of DSM 6.0. For components that will utilize 64-bit computing, over 4GB of memory can be used – which can increase concurrent users from 1,000 to more than 10,000; while adding performance advantages.

    2.           Modularization of previously built-in applications: also delivers higher system reliability and flexibility when adopting updates.

    3.           Petabyte-level shared folder: the Synology PetaSpace technology allows users to create a shared folder with petabyte capacity on multiple volumes, serving as the ideal solution to manage and archive cold data.

    4.           Enhanced security:  For each DSM update, Synology will implement the Qualys Vulnerability Management solution, ensuring all potential issues are rectified before DSM changes are made available to the public.

    5.           Accessibility features: striving to provide a smooth, intuitive experience to all users, Synology will be the first to offer support for NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access). The screen reader will help visually impaired people have more access to private clouds.

    DSM For Business: Synology Will Launch the First Docker DSM & Virtual DSM

    To help businesses save time and money, Synology will release virtualization apps so IT admin create highly efficient virtual storage that is reliable and easy to manage.

    Ÿ   Lightweight Docker DSM: by running multiple DSM instances (as Docker containers), on one single NAS, IT administrators can effortlessly create a multi-tenant environment. You choose a CPU priority level and Docker will dynamically allocate the resource based on your choice. Docker DSM instances will also greatly increase the overall system reliability – as all containers run independently and do not interfere with each other.

    Ÿ   Powerful Virtual DSM: in addition to Docker DSM advantages, Virtual DSM will offer greater control over CPU resources and includes live migration capability – allowing businesses to migrate DSM services to another host without any downtime. This will contribute to better reliability and flexibility for deployment and maintenance.

    DSM For Business: Better Cloud Synchronization, Data Protection, and Disaster Recovery

    For the first time, Synology will create a Cloud Station suite to separate functions for bi-directional and standard synchronization. It will contain a wizard to help users easily set up hybrid clouds for disaster recovery. The suite is also ideal for organizations that have remote or branch offices that need to share up-to-date information, through a secure connection.

    Ÿ   Snapshot-based replication enables local and remote recovery: the Snapshot and Replication technology that comes with the advanced Btrfs file system reduces the impact of massive reading / writing on hard drives and high bandwidth consumption caused by traditional backup. Snapshots can be taken as frequent as every five minutes. Failover is performed through one-click migration, so businesses can easily achieve uninterrupted data protection and immediate disaster recovery.

    Ÿ   All-around disaster recovery solution through a hybrid cloud: being able to sync with public clouds, the Cloud Sync package adds support for several business-grade cloud services. Not only can users now set up multiple syncing tasks within a single account, but they can also upload the same sets of files to multiple public clouds. In the case of a catastrophic event, a company can recover its data from the cloud.

    Ÿ   Extensive data synchronization with Cloud Station: Cloud Station offers cross-platform, cross-device data syncing tools. Synology developed an Intelliversioning algorithm that determines if a file version is important based on: if changes were saved, how frequently saving occurred, and when. The proprietary filter only keeps the most important historical versions of each file. The block-level and cross-version deduplication, exclusive to Synology’s backup feature, will provide the most effective and efficient recovery points. Also, the newly released Cloud Station Backup package introduces easy backups for personal computers.

    DSM For Business: Cloud & Productivity Apps Will Help Companies Own and Manage Data

    In the last five years, companies have become increasingly concerned about using public clouds to host email servers, network servers, and vital company files. To address this problem, Synology designed new apps to give companies complete control over their data and work products.

    Ÿ   All-new active-active mail server solution, MailPlus: the newly designed MailPlus service will allow businesses to enjoy the benefits of cross-platform support and comprehensive management features, while managing their data privacy. Furthermore, MailPlus Server will provide an active-active high-available framework that can guarantee uninterrupted service and maintain high productivity for enterprise users.

    Ÿ   SpreadSheet makes collaboration easier than ever: SpreadSheet will offer comprehensive collaboration, tag, and privilege management features. Accidentally deleting data is a common problem that Synology has solved in Spreadsheets. The new app will keep unlimited historical versions, so users can easily restore previous versions, themselves.

    Ÿ   Rich business applications in Note Station: the Presentation feature has evolved and is able to convert raw data into easy-to-understand charts. A new Chrome extension will make offline editing possible, freeing users from the limitations of their devices and the Internet when working on the go.

    Ÿ   Full content search in File Station: File Station will index approximately 700 common file formats, including the metadata of multimedia files. A quick search will identify the exact document, music, video, or photo you need immediately.

     

    New NAS Hardware for Business: DS716+ NAS Server with 4K Video Transcoding

    Making its first appearance in 2016, the DS716+ NAS server is perfectly designed for advertising companies, videographers, creative firms and any business that needs to transcode large videos files, quickly. Highlights include:

    Ÿ   Featuring Intel’s next-generation processor: the 14nm Intel Braswell quad-core processor reduces power consumption by 40 percent.

    Ÿ   Real-time video transcoding: able to transcode 4K video on the fly.

    Ÿ   High Availability capability: for increased reliability.

    Ÿ   Excellent scalability: can be expanded to seven disks by connecting a DX513 expansion unit to offer up to 56TB of raw storage.

    Ÿ   Uncompromising performance: compared with its predecessor, the DS716+ has increased its read / write performance at least 160 percent for AES-256 bit encrypted data transfer.

     

     

    DSM AND HARDWARE CHANGES FOR HOME USERS

     

    DSM For Home and Personal Use: New and Improved Multimedia Apps

    Synology’s mobile and multimedia apps have helped users enjoy their music, videos, and photos on the go. Continuing that tradition, Synology will be the only NAS company to support Apple Watch® integration. Users will also see improvements in the widely popular Video Station app.

    Ÿ   First to support Apple Watch®, heading on to the world of wearable devices: in observing users’ habits, DSM 6.0 becomes the first to support Apple Watch® with DS note and DS audio mobile apps. Users can use simple gestures or voice control to quickly check or create notes, or enjoy their favorite music – whenever and wherever they want.

    Ÿ   Video Station – refreshingly new, strikingly intuitive: the completely redesigned Video Station will use a popular on-screen button layout, making navigation smoother and more intuitive than ever. New support for offline transcoding and Windows 10 enables users to switch between different devices and platforms - so they can enjoy an uninterrupted viewing experience.

    Hardware for Personal Use: The Synology Router RT1900ac Creates an Unparalleled User Experience

    Synology will take its first entry into networking with the RT1900ac router. Designed for the ultimate user experience, the RT1900ac router has the most desktop-like interface in the industry; easy 3-step setup for mobile devices and PCs; and options to control traffic by device, application, and bandwidth. Other highlights include:

    Ÿ   Robust performance: provides up to 1900 Mbps combined transfer speeds and supports beamforming which can maximize Wi-Fi signal for specific devices.

    Ÿ   Revolutionary user interface: Synology users who are familiar with the DSM OS, will enjoy the Synology Router Manager (SRM) operating system. Designed to be similar to the original DSM, SRM comes with a DS router mobile app, DS file, and DS download for accessibility and easy file management.

    Ÿ   Advanced network management: includes application-based traffic control and DNS-based, customizable web filters.

    Ÿ   Exclusive Synology add-ons: supports several popular Synology packages such as VPN Server, Radius Server, and Download Station. Connect the router with an external storage device and it immediately turns into a personal cloud.

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    Synology at a Glance

    Synology creates network attached storage and IP surveillance solutions that transform the way users manage data and conduct surveillance in the cloud era. By taking full advantage of the latest technologies, Synology aims to help users centralize data storage and backup, share files on the go, and implement professional surveillance solutions in reliable and affordable ways. Synology is committed to delivering products with forward-thinking features and the best in class customer services. For more on Synology, visit: www.synology.com

    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 – Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B – 4 Bay 2.5” SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap Cage for 5.25” Bay
     
     
     
    This is Part 3 of a 3 part series on the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B. In this part I will check that the HDDs in the ExpressCage show up in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3.
     
    As stated in Part 1: In preparation for the HomeServerShow Meetup 2015 I was asked to review the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B – 4 Bay 2.5” SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap Cage for 5.25” Bay (“ExpressCage”).
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – N40L after installation of ExpressCage MB324SP-B and HDDs
     
     
     
    After installing the HDDs in the ExpressCage in the 2nd part of this series I wanted to go into Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 on my HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer to check the installation of the four WD 1TB 2.5” HDDs to the Icy Dock ExpressCage.
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – Icy Dock ExpressCage HDDs in Server 2016 TP3 on my N40L MicroServer
     
     
     
    Part of my motivation to using the ExpressCage was to do double duty with my N40L at the Meetup on September 12, 2015. While I would use the ExpressCage to hold four 2.5” HDDs that would make up a Storage Space in Server 2016 – I also wanted to use the main four drive bay on the N40L as External Storage for the P222 in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer using an adaptor and Tyco cable.
     
     
     

     
    Video 2 – External Storage for P222 in my Gen8 MicroServer using my N40L MicroServer
     
     
     

     
    Video 3 – My N40L as External Storage for my P222 in my Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    The ExpressCage MB324SP-B operated flawlessly and I essentially had two robust machines in one by using the ExpressCage. This is certainly a handy piece of hardware.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – Key Features of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 –ExpressCage MB324SP-B in HP MicroServer N40L (on left with cover removed during part of the meetup to better show how the ExpressCage fits in the ODD space) at HomeServerShow Meetup September 12, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana
     
     
     
    As-Built for MeetUp: Pegasus


    HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer


    16GB RAM


    OS Drive: 240GB Corsair GT SSD taped to top of ExpressCage


    HighPoint Rocket 640L


    Standard 18” SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends


    OS – Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 3


    Molex Y to two SATA Power Connectors


    Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B with 4 x WD10JUCT 2.5” HDDs


    StarTech Model SAS8087S450 19” (50cm) Serial Attached SCSI SAS Cable – SFF-8087 to 4x Latching SATA


    NORCO C8087-8088L 1-Port SFF to SFF 8088 Adaptor with Low Profile Mounting Bracket


    4 x ST3000DM001 3TB HDD


    Tyco EMC 038-003-787 Cable Mini SAS SFF-8088 to SFF-8088 2M
     
     
    Please join us in the HSS Forums with any question or comments.
     
     
     
    References:
     
    The Icy Dock 5.25” ExpressCage MB324SP-B for four 2.5” drives – Part 1 of 3 http://homeservershow.com/the-icy-dock-5-25-expresscage-mb324sp-b-for-four-2-5-drives-part-1-of-3.html
     
    The Icy Dock 5.25” ExpressCage MB324SP-B for four 2.5” drives – Part 2 of 3 http://homeservershow.com/the-icy-dock-5-25-expresscage-mb324sp-b-for-four-2-5-drives-part-2-of-3.html
     
    Official Meetup 2015 Thread http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9270-the-official-meetup-2015-thread/ 
     
    Other Icy Dock Blog Postings http://homeservershow.com/tag/icyDock
     
    Icy Dock Play List
     
    CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver

    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 – Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B – 4 Bay 2.5” SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap Cage for 5.25” Bay
     
     
     
    This is Part 2 of a 3 part series on the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B. In this part I will install the ExpressCage in the N40L.
     
    As stated in Part 1: In preparation for the HomeServerShow Meetup 2015 I was asked to review the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B – 4 Bay 2.5” SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap Cage for 5.25” Bay (“ExpressCage”).
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – My ExpressCage MB324SP-B and box contents laid out on a Static Mat
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – My ExpressCage with Drive Caddy 1 opened
     
     
     
    Before I began the installation of the ExpressCage in my HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer I had installed Windows Server Technical Preview on a SSD attached to a Highpoint Rocket 640L for the Meetup.
     

     
    Video 1 – Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 3 on my N40L MicroServer
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – Key Features of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – N40L before the installation of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B
     
     
     
    I next installed Icy Dock’s ExpressCage MB324SP-B in the 5.25” ODD Bay area of my HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer in preparation for the HomeServerShow meetup on September 12, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
     
     
     

     
    Video 2 – ExpressCage in my N40L MicroServer – Part 1
     
     
     

     
    Video 3 – ExpressCage in my N40L MicroServer – Part 2
     
     
     
    With the ExpressCage installed in my HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer I next installed four WD 1TB 2.5” HDDs in the ExpressCage.
     
     
     

     
    Video 4 – Adding HDDs to Icy Dock ExpressCage in my N40L MicroServer
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – N40L after installation of ExpressCage MB324SP-B and HDDs
     
     
     
    As-Built for MeetUp: Pegasus


    HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer


    16GB RAM


    OS Drive: 240GB Corsair GT SSD taped to top of ExpressCage


    HighPoint Rocket 640L


    Standard 18” SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends


    OS – Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 3


    Molex Y to two SATA Power Connectors


    Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B with 4 x WD10JUCT 2.5” HDDs


    StarTech Model SAS8087S450 19” (50cm) Serial Attached SCSI SAS Cable – SFF-8087 to 4x Latching SATA


    NORCO C8087-8088L 1-Port SFF to SFF 8088 Adaptor with Low Profile Mounting Bracket


    4 x ST3000DM001 3TB HDD


    Tyco EMC 038-003-787 Cable Mini SAS SFF-8088 to SFF-8088 2M
     
     
    Please go to Part 3 of this 3 part series on the ExpressCage MB324SP-B.
     
    Then later, please join us in the HSS Forums with any question or comments.
     
     
     
    References:
     
    The Icy Dock 5.25” ExpressCage MB324SP-B for four 2.5” drives – Part 1 of 3 http://homeservershow.com/the-icy-dock-5-25-expresscage-mb324sp-b-for-four-2-5-drives-part-1-of-3.html
     
    The Icy Dock 5.25” ExpressCage MB324SP-B for four 2.5” drives – Part 3 of 3 http://homeservershow.com/the-icy-dock-5-25-expresscage-mb324sp-b-for-four-2-5-drives-part-3-of-3.html
     
    Loading Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 on my N40L
     
    Official Meetup 2015 Thread http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9270-the-official-meetup-2015-thread/ 
     
    Other Icy Dock Blog Postings http://homeservershow.com/tag/icyDock
     
    Icy Dock Play List
     
    CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
     

    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 – Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B – 4 Bay 2.5” SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap Cage for 5.25” Bay
     
     
     
    In preparation for the HomeServerShow Meetup 2015 I was asked to review the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B – 4 Bay 2.5” SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap Cage for 5.25” Bay (“ExpressCage”).
     
     
     
    Specifications of the ExpressCage
     
    Icy Dock provided a list of specifications and product detail that I found very intriguing including support for four 2.5” HDDs/SSDs up to 12.5mm thick, hot-swap support, and SAS/SATA – 6GB/s support. All in a 5.25” half-height form factor needing only one SATA power port. One of the things I wanted to display at the meetup was how to use the HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer as an external 4 drive bay for an HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer AND have Microsoft Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 running on the N40L, using an SSD for the OS drive, and with four 2.5’ HDDs available to experiment with Storage Spaces – all of this in a single N40L MicroServer would be possible because of the ExpressCage MB324SP-B.
     
    Later, after the meetup, I wanted to test the ExpressCage in my desktop computer which will be a separate review. The ability to mount 4 SSDs in the ExpressCage powered by only one 15-pin SATA Power connector would help immensely in cable management and the looks. I would use the 4 SSDs in the ExpressCage in a RAID0 configuration to use as my work drive for video editing.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – Specifications of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – The single 15 Pin SATA Power connector would be a great plus in my mind for cable management – this would be a big help in the N40L as well as my Z77 Desktop
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – The ability to control the fan speed settings is a great feature – since I would be using low powered WD 2.5” drives in the N40L and low powered Samsung SSDs in the Z77 desktop I used the low fan speed setting
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – The extra thought in the design to allow me to switch out the 40mm cooling fan in the future is a great indicator of good design practice, in my opinion
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – I like to use locking clips and appreciate the physical and audio feedback they provide during installation. The Blue LED’s provide me feedback that the drives are powered
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 – The built-in screws secure the drives well that I was using
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 – Icy Dock provides screws that could be used to further secure the drives to the caddy but I found no need for them – it is nice that they are available though
     
     
     
    When the ExpressCage arrived, I wanted to unbox it as soon as I could and get to work preparing for the Meetup.
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – Unboxing my Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B for HSS Meet-Up 2015
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 – My ExpressCage MB324SP-B and box contents laid out on a Static Mat
     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 – My ExpressCage with Drive Caddy 1 opened
     
     
     

     
    Figure 11 – Key Features of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B
     
     
     

     
    Figure 12 – N40L before the installation of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B
     
     
     
    As-Built for MeetUp: Pegasus


    HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer


    16GB RAM


    OS Drive: 240GB Corsair GT SSD taped to top of ExpressCage


    HighPoint Rocket 640L


    Standard 18” SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends


    OS – Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 3


    Molex Y to two SATA Power Connectors


    Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B with 4 x WD10JUCT 2.5” HDDs


    StarTech Model SAS8087S450 19” (50cm) Serial Attached SCSI SAS Cable – SFF-8087 to 4x Latching SATA


    NORCO C8087-8088L 1-Port SFF to SFF 8088 Adaptor with Low Profile Mounting Bracket


    4 x ST3000DM001 3TB HDD


    Tyco EMC 038-003-787 Cable Mini SAS SFF-8088 to SFF-8088 2M
     
     
    Please go to Part 2 of this 3 part series on the ExpressCage MB324SP-B where I will load the ExpressCage into the N40L.
     
    Then later, please join us in the HSS Forums with any question or comments.
     
     
     
    References:
     
    The Icy Dock 5.25” ExpressCage MB324SP-B for four 2.5” drives – Part 2 of 3  http://homeservershow.com/the-icy-dock-5-25-expresscage-mb324sp-b-for-four-2-5-drives-part-2-of-3.html
     
    The Icy Dock 5.25” ExpressCage MB324SP-B for four 2.5” drives – Part 3 of 3  http://homeservershow.com/the-icy-dock-5-25-expresscage-mb324sp-b-for-four-2-5-drives-part-3-of-3.html
     
    Loading Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 on my N40L
     
    Official Meetup 2015 Thread http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9270-the-official-meetup-2015-thread/ 
     
    Other Icy Dock Blog Postings http://homeservershow.com/tag/icyDock
     
    Icy Dock Play List
     
    CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
     

    Dave
    Surface Geeks Podcast is back after a fantastic summer vacation.  It's time to start talking about the #Windows10Event that is coming up on October 6th in NYC.  I'll also chat about the iPad Pro and what it means to Surface Geeks.  Band 2 is coming.  I hope!  More on that as well.  Surface Pro 4, Band 2, iPad Pro and more on Surface Geeks 95.
     
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    News, Sophos Beta, and Meetup 2015 Wrap

    By Dave, in Blog,

    Sophos has a beta out and it's a hot topic in the forums. I've got that, a little news, and we'll wrap up Meetup 2015 at the end.  All hardware, news, and chat is up front and Meetup talk starts at the end in case you are curious.  Enjoy and see you in the forums!
     
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    QNAP and SmartThings V2, Pre-Meetup 2015

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    SmartThings V2 hub is here! We talk a little bit on migrating and complain about it mostly.  QNAP, transcoding, and a little preview to Meetup 2015.  Out with the old SmartThings hub(like in the photo) and in with the new! What is new, how do you migrate it, and how to monitor your garage door! I was doing it wrong obviously.  Aall on Home Server Show 289.
     
    Thanks to Christopher Kenney and Chris Compton for joining.
     
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    Meetup 2015 is on the way!

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    It's September and Meetup 2015 is just around the corner.  We are around 40 participants registered!  So many that I had to increase the inventory on the paypal registration!  That's awesome.  I look forward to seeing everyone. Check the forums thread below for more information.
     
    If you have questions or comments you can put them here:Official Meetup 2015 Thread  There is also a lot more information about Meetup 2015 in this thread.  Ask, read, attend!
     
     
     
    Meetup 2015 Attendance Fee – $25.  This gets you in the door, a small breakfast on the 12th as well as a catered lunch.  You have to register via paypal.  Button is below.

     
    Location: 8900 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis IN 46240
     
    September 12th, 9AM to 5 PM
     
    There will also be activities after the Meetup. Plan for an all day/night event.
     
    (PayPal payment is final.)
     
     
     
    If you are registered I'll be getting another email together for everyone.  I have a few things to share with you.

    Dave
    It's NAS vs. Server night on the Home Server Show.  Mike Faucher joins the podcast to discuss his switch from using a Windows Server to a QNAP NAS.  Listen in on the thought process behind it, using CrashPlan, OneDrive, Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Acronis, Plex, you name it!  This one has it all!  Big thanks to Mike for joining in.
     
    Discussion of this podcast can be found in the HSS Forums here.
     
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    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 -- HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with 240GB Corsair GT SSD attached to ODD SATA (SATA II 3Gbps) Port 5 and powered from 4-pin FDD connector – secured with tape
     
     
     
    The HomeServerShow Meetup 2015 is just around the corner and I wanted to reconfigure my Gen8 MicroServer for the #BestMeetUpEver in Indianapolis this September 12, 2015. Along the way I wanted to take the opportunity to do a little more testing of my configurations.
     
    So, with Windows Server 2012R2 (“S2012R2”) still on a single drive RAID0 SSD attached to the ODD SATA Port (SATA II 3Gbps) from Windows Server 2012R2 installed on my Gen8 MicroServer ODD SATA I removed the four 1TB HDD’s in RAID10 located at the main drive bays (Bays 1 & 2 are SATA III 6Gbps ports while Bays 3 & 4 are SATA II 3Gbps ports) and replaced them with four 5TB WD SE HDDs.
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – Replacing four 1TB 2.5” HDDs with four 5TB HDDs in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    Next, before doing anything else I wanted to test the performance of one 5TB HDD. I created a Logical drive RAID0 of the single drive attached to Port 1 (SATA III or 6GB/s).
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 -- Performance of 5TB HDD attached to Port 1 of B120i in my Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    After completing my tests on the single 5TB HDD I deleted that logical drive and created a new logical drive in the SSA (HP Smart Storage Administrator) made up of all four 5TB HDDs in a RAID10 configuration (and used HP’s default settings). I then went into Disk Management and formatted my new logical drive as shown in Figure 3 below.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – The new 10TB Logical Drive 02 created with four 5TB HDDs RAID10 by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller was initialized and formatted in Disk Management of Windows Server 2012R2
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – Checking the Properties of my newly Formatted drive shows 10TB of free space
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – Storage Configuration in iLO4 showing my OS drive attached to Port 5 and the four 5TB HDDs attached to Ports 1-4 of the B120i
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – Performance of my four 5TB HDDs in RAID10 on Ports 1-4 of my B120i in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 -- Firmware Versions on my Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 -- Temperatures 1 day after the RAID10 was created with the four 5TB HDDs -- Fan speeds were 26-27% with BIOS Fan settings on INCREASED COOLING
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 -- Power requirements with the four 5TB WD HDDs in RAID10
     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 – Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265Lv2
     
     
     
    Current As-Built: Machine


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265Lv2
    16GB ECC RAM (Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16)
    OS: Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2 Standard
    OS Drive C: 240GB Logical Drive 01 made of 1 x Corsair GT 240GB SSD in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller (NOTE: this is attached to the ODD SATA Port 5 – SATA II or 3 Gbps)

    Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable
    Standard SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends


    Data Drive: 10TB Logical Drive 02 made of 4 x 5TB WD HDDs in RAID10 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller (NOTE: two drives are in Bays 1 & 2 – SATA III or 6 Gbps; and two drives are in Bays 3 & 4 – SATA II or 3 Gbps)
     
     
    Please join us in the HSS Forum Official Meetup 2015 Thread with any question or comments as well as in the HSS Gen8 Forums and HSS Forums.
     
     
     
    References:
     
    Windows Server 2012R2 installed on my Gen8 MicroServer ODD SATA http://homeservershow.com/windows-server-2012r2-installed-on-my-gen8-microserver-odd-sata.html
     
    Official Meetup 2015 Thread http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9270-the-official-meetup-2015-thread/ 
     
    NAS Performance Testing on my Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/nas-performance-testing-on-my-gen8-microserver.html
     
    CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
     
     
     

    Dave
    I'm solo on Home Server Show 287.  I've got some storage news, Meetup Updates, and a big one...I'm thinking of moving from Server to a NAS.  Find out more on this episode of Home Server Show!
     
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