New motherboard help

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beic
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New motherboard help

Post by beic » January 29th, 2019, 1:16 pm

Hi there,

Can someone give me a direction for choosing a right motherboard for IPFire, please.

I wish to purchase a new motherboard and I want to use 2x 128Gb SSD drive in RAID-1 mode.

Any idea or anyone has already built it with RAID-1, maybe a few motherboard model?

Kind regards,
Viktor

Mapa
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Re: New motherboard help

Post by Mapa » January 29th, 2019, 4:57 pm

You can argue about hardware .
It depends on what you want to do with IPFire and it is your choice what to use .
Maybe you experiment first with old one, to get experience about your needs ?
Calculate activation and options, check the the load .. etc. .

My personal experience for 17 clients (whom 6 are very active clients) :
4x Core or 4x Threads CPU with about 2GHz .. CPU should support AES-NI .
Minimum 8GB RAM better is more RAM .

At Raid 1, I advise to use HDD's and not SSD's .
And please let IPFire install itself as a software raid 1, because this feature is integrated into the installation of IPFire .
Means, controller must not support Raid function .
Software Raid Benefits outweigh / overweight, those of Hardware Raids for usual use .. and support .
Raid 1 will never save your IPFire system data, when an software error is happen that were written to both HDD's, just then when one HDD gets defective .

At now in use is 7GB RAM exploitation, because of :
IDS is activated for green, blue, orange and red
URL filters enabled a lot of filtering options
VPN is in use, Samba is in use, WEB Server is in use

Search at IPFire Forum, there you find a lot for suggested MB and hardware installations .

BR
Mapa

beic
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Re: New motherboard help

Post by beic » January 29th, 2019, 7:22 pm

Dear Mapa,

Thank you for your replay and for the valuable information.

Can you please tell me one thing, do I need two disks for the mentioned Software Raid?

Kind regards,
Viktor

Mapa
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Re: New motherboard help

Post by Mapa » January 29th, 2019, 8:27 pm

Sorry that I am little confuse about your question .
You should know, that you need more than one HDD, to build a normal Raid .

If not, please inform your self about sense of Raid, example benefits or no benefits for the matter you build .
Example on wiki

Back to your question :
If you need Raid 1, yes you need two HDD's .
IPFire will recognize them at installation and asks you about where to install, choose both HDD's .

You are sure, that you need Raid ?

BR
Mapa

beic
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Re: New motherboard help

Post by beic » January 29th, 2019, 10:30 pm

I'm a little bit confused here now.

Yes, I know well what is RAID, but I did a conclusion from your previous post.

Quoting:
"let IPFire install itself as a software raid 1" and "Means, controller must not support Raid function"

So, my conclusion was a real actual Software RAID (virtual, like double image).

Anyway, in this case I don't need RAID controller or configuration on the motherboard, what I need is only two identical hard drive, right?

I want to use it in larger corporate environment and maybe the RAID would be safer approach?

Kind regards,
Viktor

Mapa
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Re: New motherboard help

Post by Mapa » January 30th, 2019, 5:28 am

Anyway, in this case I don't need RAID controller or configuration on the motherboard, what I need is only two identical hard drive, right?
Yes, that is right .

BR
Mapa

beic
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Re: New motherboard help

Post by beic » January 30th, 2019, 10:34 am

Okay, thank you! ;)

Kind regards,
Viktor

andy120
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Re: New motherboard help

Post by andy120 » January 31st, 2019, 9:24 pm

I am running a Asrock IMB-181 which has raid onboard and a wide choice series (3*wrong) 4 cpu's. All readily available.
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beic
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Re: New motherboard help

Post by beic » January 31st, 2019, 11:30 pm

andy120 wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 9:24 pm
I am running a Asrock IMB-181 which has raid onboard and a wide choice series 3 of cpu's. All readily available.
Nice one, but can't buy that model anymore.

andy120
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Re: New motherboard help

Post by andy120 » February 2nd, 2019, 1:55 am

Gigabyte GA-J1900-D3V off ebay. 2 ethernet onboard. Downside is you need a mini-pcie adapter for a pcie x1 card or use the pci slot. Mine is becoming a NAS.
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Re: New motherboard help

Post by beic » February 3rd, 2019, 11:17 am

andy120 wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 1:55 am
Gigabyte GA-J1900-D3V off ebay. 2 ethernet onboard. Downside is you need a mini-pcie adapter for a pcie x1 card or use the pci slot. Mine is becoming a NAS.
Yes, it's good one, but can't buy it from eBay, I need to find something from the local PC shop, and also saw this article https://pchelp.ricmedia.com/build-mini- ... diy-guide/ regarding mentioned motherboard.

andy120
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Re: New motherboard help

Post by andy120 » February 4th, 2019, 5:29 am

beic wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 11:17 am
Yes, it's good one, but can't buy it from eBay, I need to find something from the local PC shop, and also saw this article https://pchelp.ricmedia.com/build-mini- ... diy-guide/ regarding mentioned motherboard.
That makes things a bit more difficult. That's the exact article I used for my first one, used the same MB.
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