Building a mini cluster – Part 6: Fans, push buttons, filters, screws, spacers, tools, etc….

Now that the design is “finalised”, I need to get the rest of the materials I will need to put it all together. This post will be a somewhat mixed bag, going over the different things I ordered. Continue reading “Building a mini cluster – Part 6: Fans, push buttons, filters, screws, spacers, tools, etc….”

Building a mini cluster – Part 4: The postman rings, and he does ring twice!

I know I promised that the next post would be about the case design, but that is not finished yet. In the meantime, the postman was kind enough to deliver some hardware and I had a fun time opening my presents: Continue reading “Building a mini cluster – Part 4: The postman rings, and he does ring twice!”

Building a mini cluster – Part 3: One power supply to feed them all…

After going over the hardware selection in my previous post, we still need to get power to the servers…

The power system is going to be a difficult part of this build… As I wrote earlier, I am not a DYI person and I’ve been on the receiving end of enough electric shocks that, frankly, electricity scares me. But there is no way I can use discrete power supplies for every motherboard because: Continue reading “Building a mini cluster – Part 3: One power supply to feed them all…”

Building a mini cluster – Part 2: Server Hardware Selection

Following my previous entry, where I went over the Design Criteria for my mini cluster, the next step is the selection of the server hardware: processor and motherboard, memory and storage.

Since I will be needing twelve of everything, even a small cost difference of “only” 10.00 EUR immediately means a total extra cost of 120.00 EUR… Penny saving matters! Continue reading “Building a mini cluster – Part 2: Server Hardware Selection”