Server 2: Electric Boogaloo

I emerge from my server closet and shield my eyes as the dying red Sun crests debris of ancient civilizations. My work is complete.

A server apprisal in which I further discuss my descent into madness. I equate to boat ownership; you will meet many fun and interesting people while you burn $100 bills as fast as you can.

From the top down:

Ubiquiti EdgeRouter 6P

This is configured with two subnets: one for wireless and everyday devices, the other exclusively for servers. I DNS forward preserving local entries to a Pi-hole that will be mentioned below.

Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch ES-48-500W

Full 48-port PoE at 500 watts. Above and below are patch panels, weaving in the everyday network from the top and server network from the bottom. The two servers are connected via SFP+ and I ran fiber to my desktop via one of the SFP ports because it seemed funny. I plan to route PoE network cables through an old chimney into the attic for cameras.

Dell KVM 1081AD

I will use this for important updates when I do not want to walk to the KMM.

Dell KMM FY542

The keyboard is stained with my tears. Both the KVM and KMM were generous gifts from a relative that runs SaveMyServer.

StarTech 1U Shelf CABSHELF116V

Holds my work laptop, which I remote into in lieu of a dock.

UCTRONICS 1U Raspberry Pi Rack B08F9X528J

I used to run the Unifi controller and Pi-hole here, but I was worried about long-term reliability and uptime with the SD cards. This is now dormant.

Dell PowerEdge R630

A Proxmox server housing an Ubuntu server VM and TrueNAS scale VM. The Ubuntu server VM hosts a kube cluster with public ingresses for things internet-facing: game servers and websites.

The TrueNAS scale VM is an experiment. I understand the nuances with virtualizing TrueNAS, but I PCI passthrough an LSI 9300 with custom firmware that connects to the MD1400 and MD1000. This now hosts most local tools with TrueCharts: all of my media management (the *arrs), download clients (on VPNS, thank you), the Pi-hole, the Unifi controller, and Home Assistant.

Dell PowerEdge R710

My media streaming workhorse. There is a P2000 inside for hardware encoding. Usually 2-6 concurrent streams.

Dell PowerVault MD1400

My primary storage, as the backplane is faster. Storage is more expensive here though because this requires SAS drives. About 72TiB in RAIDZ2.

Dell PowerVault MD1000

My secondary storage for backups. A slower backplane, but SATA drives are cheaper. About 43TiB in RAIDZ2.

Navepoint Drawer 00401460

Filled to the brim with failed trials and spare parts.

Tripp Lite UPS SMART1500LCD

The rack uses around 600-800W, so I have limited time for a graceful shutdown in the event of a power outage. I plan on using one of the idle Raspberry Pis for this. There is also a lot of inefficient power consumption and waste heat. I'm not managing it well at all.


  • PoE cables in the attic for cameras
  • Raspberry Pi power outage contingency
  • Replace the R710 with something that is more efficient
    • There are many options here, like adding to a Proxmox cluster, having SAS PCI passthrough for TrueNAS contingencies, or adding nodes to the kube cluster