The Standard server is going down for a few hours later today for maintenance.
It needs a replacement for the steadily failing hard drives in the archive array (RAID-Z3) and a replacement of 2Tb disks (some now over 7 years old) with new 4Tb drives. Rather than having 8 in the array, one has fully died and another faulted. So I’ll replace with 4x4Tb drives. About to head to PBTech to get a one more drive (I prefer getting them out of different batches).
The metaSAS card needs to move so that it doesn’t occasionally get overheating errors. I also have an large quiet exterior fan to attach to provide more even ventilation.
The SSDs that run The Standard array are starting to get wear issues, most notably in the log regions. Plus I need to start replacing those Intel 120Gb SSDs with something that is a bit bigger.
A good vacuum of the chassis interior wouldn’t go amiss. Even with the dust covers, the fine dust is slowly building up. Plus I think that the cat hair is starting to get in. She does like to groom herself just in front (after having a good sunbath).
I was thinking about updating the motherboard, CPU and RAM. But that can wait for another year.
As usual, I can’t really give you a precise time-frame because of the vagaries of shopping (urrgh) and balky hardware. However everything is backed up (and that takes a while to archive close to 10Tb to AWS S3). It should be a matter of only a few hours at worst to get up and running again, and then days to get the non-critical backup data down again.
In the mean time – enjoy the sunny day. I know that Luna will…
Updated: The debris of old drives..