Just like a normal desktop computer, a server needs to be configured and assembled in a special case, taking into account many important points, starting with the compatibility of components and ending with their efficiency in terms of performing their tasks. In this article, we will explain what steps are involved in assembling a server, and how it is configured and tested after installation.
Key server components:
All these server components can have different form factors, which allows you to collect floor, rack, and Blade servers in the most compact version.
After the preparation of the case first, install the power supply - provided that the server has no built-in power supply. Then mounted mount the fasteners for the motherboard, and then board itself and it is done in such a way as to ensure maximum freedom for air circulation, and that there was access to all the key interfaces, which will later be necessary to connect the server components. Under the motherboard must be placed a dielectric gasket - it serves to prevent short circuit board elements to the case. Many brand-name cases have a dielectric layer installed in advance.
After installing the motherboard next insert a processor in a CPU socket. Each socket has its own unique "key", which tells which side to connect the processor. After the processor is connected, a thermal interface is applied to it and a cooling radiator is pressed on top.
When installing RAM, it is worth adhering to three rules:
The firmware allows you to update the firmware of the equipment to the latest versions. In some cases, it is necessary to prevent possible bugs and get rid of bugs. As a rule, firmware is needed for new hardware, which has recently been released and is still being optimized by the manufacturer. In the case of the equipment that came out a long time ago and has been tested, as a rule, firmware is not needed.
But here are the elements that are usually flashed at the stage of server assembly:
After updating the software and flashing all key components, it is important to test the server for performance and stability:
When we're done, we check the S.M.A.R.T. parameters on the installed drives. This is to make sure that none of the parameters stated by the manufacturer as a reason to replace the drive has a value higher than 0. If not, we replace the drive with another one.
As you can see, there are always certain details to pay attention to when building a server. It is good if the issues of building and testing is handled by a specialist, under whose belt are thousands of assembled and debugged servers. If you need a quality server that will serve you for many years, contact our team.