Building a mini cluster – Part 10: Adding the finishing touches

Another few weeks have gone by and since the last update, the mini cluster build has been completed.
Before anything else, let’s go through a few photo series detailing the most interesting parts of this final stretch.
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Building a mini cluster – Part 8: Cluster software setup woes

Now that the cluster is powered, I can start setting up the software environment I want to use. Since my plans for the cluster is to try out new things whenever something interesting comes along, I want to be able to remotely start, stop and reinstall  the cluster nodes as easily as possible.
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Building a mini cluster – Part 7: Testing the cluster hardware

Circumstances dictated that I could not work on my cluster for a few weeks, but this last week, I made some progress. While I am waiting for all the bits and pieces I ordered to arrive, I wanted to play with the server hardware that had arrived a while ago. I need to test everything so I can send out for replacements and check that all the pieces actually work together as I expect them too.
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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….”