The motherboard, RAM, CPU, networking, PCIe slots, and RAID card are all locked away at the back of the server chassis by four screws that are hard to unscrew if you have vertical cable management channels in your datacenter like I do. If you need to slot in more RAM or replace a bad stick, or add a PCIe board, you’ll likely have to unrack the entire server to do so. It’s a small price to pay for how dense the components are in this chassis. I didn’t crack open this back area, as my server came with the desired RAM and CPUs already installed, so you’ll have to excuse me using a stock photo of the motherboard and a cell-phone picture peaking into the interior.
Adding The Disks
The disks simply drop vertically into place. The underside of the chassis lid maps out slot numbers if you need to find a particular disk. I only had some resistance on slots 2, 3, and consequentially 17, so I’m assuming there was some minor imperfection in the frame there. The rest of the disks dropped in very smoothly. It’s rather satisfying to see 540TB of raw storage in one 4U rackmount server.
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