What’s under the hood – Part 1

Every once and a while, I like to post a little about what I have running in my “server room” (basement shelf).

I have a rather large shelf in the back corner of my basement that looks a lot like this.

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Describing everything goes like this…

Top Right:

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3 APC UPS’: 2 Back-UPS XS-1300-LCD’s, one Back-UPS XS-1500.

Obviously those guys handle back-up power and are labeled appropriately. On average, I get about 45 minutes of standby power from them, which is plenty of time to either shut down, or get the generator running.

I also recently acquired an Avocent DVR4020. I know it’s overkill, but I LOVE having remote access to the console of my machines.

Next, Bottom Left:

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This is kinda my pride and joy… Goomba—

He runs a little hot for you to see why he’s named Goomba, but he’s the storage pod.

He’s got 6x3TB Drives, 3x2TB Drives and 4x5TB Drivesdrives

They are broken down as follows:



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The VMware Boxes, Spiny and Bowser… Bowser is a remnant of an old AMD VMware cluster that I ran, but he’s alright, but I am migrating to Intel NUCs like Spiny.

Spiny is an Intel NUC5I5MYHE, which for those that aren’t capable of googling, is a 5th generation Intel i5 NUC. the MYHE version of the NUC is the beefier processor version. He acts liek he has a quad core, even though he’s only a dual. I have had phenominal performance from this guy, and I hope to replace Bowser with another one soon.


Soon I will have to break down each box individually, mostly because all of them required a little TLC in order to make them purr like a kitten. Additionally, I will soon break down all of the VMs I have running, which will hopefully provide some clarity for those looking to mimic my setup.


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