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New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (HHC/229) Dabomb on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 11:37

So last year I upgraded a bunch of our servers at the datacenter, which left a bunch of "old" ones (think 2012) for test and development purposes.  Well, last week I "appropriated" one of these servers and, on a whim, decided to see if it might run DCS World with the addition of a proper graphics card.  The answer is, yes, it will.

After poking around inside the server and doing a quick inventory, I discovered that this box has 4 x PCIe x8 slots --less than ideal as most Directx 9+ capable video cards require PCIe x16 nowadays.  However.  Smile  After doing a little research, I found that the nVidia GT 730 comes in a PCIe x8 configuration, is Directx 12 compatible and its cheap.  It's an older card for sure, but it would do the job.

Anyway, before I decide to dump 50 bucks on this hobby/side project that may or may not work, I ask around among my egghead friends.  Like myself, they're all hoarders and never throw anything away.  A little, but not entirely surprisingly, one of them has a PCIe x8 GT 730.  After a little tweaking here and there and disabling the server's integrated video, voila -- DCS World.

So.  Our DCS World 1.5.2 server is now running on a Dell PowerEdge R710 server.  It has 2 x Intel Xeon X5660 2.8GHz CPUs.  The X5660 is a 6-core processor.  With hyper threading enabled, that's a total of 24 processor cores.  It has 96GB of RAM.  It has 2 x 300GB SAS disk drives configured in a RAID 0 array for a total of ~550GB usable disk space.  It has 4 x 1Gbps network ports.  If I was motivated or bored, I could aggregate those 4 ports into a singe 4Gbps interface, but I'm not.  Give me another month.

We should be set when ED gets it act together and rolls the Caucasus map into DCS World and we're no longer running 2 instances of DCS.





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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (HHC/229) Strut on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 12:40

Your a wiz Bomb, thanks for the work , effort and generosity of doing this for us. Please dont hesitate to ask for any financial assistance, i think that we as a group owe you that. Well done again mate, and thanks for making this a great organization.

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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (C/229)Samri on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 13:11

Outstanding DaBomb...ya still Da Man.

Thank you!

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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (C/229) Highway on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 13:45

Nice job!

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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (HHC/229) flyer on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 14:28

Thank you Dabomb...you and the other members who contribute your time, talents and dedication are what make this organization what it is....many thanks to you and all of the others that make this a great group.

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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (A/229) Chic on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 15:49

Is that the best color you could find??

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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (HHC/229) GunfighterSIX on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 16:30

I agree with the old dude, not sure I am digging the color. Good effort though.

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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (C/229) Kiwi on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 20:00

I have no idea what you just said, but if I get the gist, it sounds great. Thanks very much. As Struto said happy to contribute.

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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (C/229) LiveBait on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 21:02

(C/229) Kiwi wrote: As Struto said happy to contribute.

Ditto, and thanks Dabomb

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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (B/229) Sundog on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 22:00

great work dabomb. thanks for you support with that server.
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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (D/229) Froggy on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 23:59

Haha Chic you beat me to it!

Thanks Bomb, I think I speak for everyone when I say that we all really appreciate the time and effort you go to to keep us online and flying.
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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (B/229) Cib on Fri 29 Jan 2016 - 3:26

Don't drop it Razz

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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (B/229) evilivan on Fri 29 Jan 2016 - 4:53

Proper and genuine awesomeness. Thanks.

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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (C/229) Highway on Fri 29 Jan 2016 - 10:32

Donate button hit, hopefully something flys your way Smile

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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (HHC/229) Dabomb on Fri 29 Jan 2016 - 11:09

Ack -- no donations please. Appreciated, but not necessary. This hardware belongs to my employer, not me. While it should be online for a good while, I can't guarantee how long it will remain up. I don't want anyone to resent me if they donate and then I have to take the server down. (again though, I do appreciate the kind words).

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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (C/229) Highway on Fri 29 Jan 2016 - 11:30

Don't care if it comes down tomorrow, it's the thought that counts and your actions to date (along with some of the other boys and girls) so if the donation goes your way, I'm happy with that Smile

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Re: New Dedicated Server Hardware

Post by (HHC/229) Dabomb on Fri 29 Jan 2016 - 11:40

Thanks Highway. Smile

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