The Great Rack Migration – D1541

The Great Rack Migration – D1541

This post continues my migration into my new rack.

As more and more parts arrived, it became time to migrate my Supermicro 5028D-TN4T. This tiny little server packs quite the punch, with an 8c16t Supermicro D1541 and plays a role of one of my ESXi servers.

Again, as before with my Whiteboxing a 1U series, I knew pretty much all the parts that I needed to get, except this time I got the rear I/O version of the 1U short depth case.

The parts list is pretty extensive. Fortunately, because Supermicro sells a server like this, I can use the parts list for the Supermicro 5018D-FN4T.

parts list

The short list:

  • The case
  • Riser card bracket
  • x16 Riser card
  • some fans and brackets
  • an I/O shield
  • an 2.5″ SSD/HDD Bracket

Sheesh. It’s a long list, some of the parts were a bit hard to find, so it took a few weeks for everything to arrive.

The build

Once everything arrived, I dug the old bird out of the corner, and started disassembly. It was VERY dusty:


And a terrible picture of the inside:


And the board is extricated:


The new home

The new case is SOOOO much better than the rear I/O version. There’s actually room for all the cables from the PSU.

On the front I/O version, you usually just end up with an ugly bulge in the front:

new case

The top-left corner of the following image definitely demonstrates what I’m talking about with front vs rear I/O:

rear io cleanliness

vs the mess in the front I/O version:

front io mess

Everything installed. I reused the fan brackets from my old SYS-E300-8D, and tracked down an internal USB header that fit. The pictured one was too tall:

all installed

I installed two fans as eventually this board will be receiving a 40Gb upgrade. As with the D1521 build, it was LOUD. I installed a pair low-noise adapters, and the problem was fixed, and the server stays nice and cool:

All things considered, this build went very smoothly.


The case looks nice all racked up and is basically dead silent. I might even consider replacing the D1521 build with the rear I/O version if they weren’t so expensive.

Continued in the X10SRH migration.

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