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We made a big mistake when setting up our main editing server Whonnock – it wasn’t serviceable. Today we fix that with a brand new machine and brand new sabrent nvme drives!

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Intro: Laszlo – Supernova
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Outro: Approaching Nirvana – Sugar High
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Intro animation by MBarek Abdelwassaa
Monitor And Keyboard by vadimmihalkevich / CC BY 4.0
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0:00 Intro
3:00 Meet the new server
4:00 Specs / Config
7:49 secret screwdriver
8:10 Loading the drives into sleds
10:10 Powering it on
13:53 Outro




Cant believe linus would lie to us. This is truly worse then the hard r incident


    hard r incident?

    Pizza PowerXYZ

    The hard L incident

    Joggy Paster

    ​ٴ linus thought that saying hard r meant something different, not the n word so he said he has used the hard r before on the WAN show


    The Hard Based incident

    Mario Karasuma

    It’s ok, he had his fingers crossed

adhd engineering

Every server update seems to start with “our last server update was a bit of a lie…”


    So the “high school chemistry curriculum” approach

    Aimen Alawdi

    @forthex true but, not a bad way to teach chemistry.

    Evann Music

    True !!


    They changed the title so I think that was a bit too good of a statement lol

Linus Tech Tips

What do you think of our Nu Nu…wait, how many Nus? Anyways, what do you think of our new server? Let us know below!

Buy a SABRENT Rocket 4 Plus 8TB NVME M.2 SSD: https://lmg.gg/qgDC3
Buy an ICY DOCK EZCONVERT MB705M2P-B NVMe SSD to 2.5″ U.2 SSD Converter: https://lmg.gg/fjTFz
Buy a StarTech U2M2E125 NVMe SSD to 2.5″ U.2 SSD Converter: https://lmg.gg/76FvY
Buy a GIGABYTE R282-Z9G 2U Rackmount Server: https://lmg.gg/CxlsQ
Buy an AMD EPYC Milan 75F3 CPU: https://lmg.gg/DzxJF
Buy Micron 3200MHz CL22 DDR4 2x4GB EEC Memory: https://lmg.gg/k1myU
Buy an Ableconn E1s-DT157 NVMe M.2 SSD to NVMe EDSFF E1.S SSD Adapter: https://lmg.gg/PC1kk

Purchases made through some store links may provide some compensation to Linus Media Group.

    Shadow killer

    Pin comment lol

    Prathamesh Lotankar

    Nu nu means something else in 8ndia

    oren raveh

    ​@Prathamesh Lotankar bruh


    Add a cow decal and call it Moo Moo Whonnock

    Terminally Online

    Whonnock Three.

Deon Spates

Linus is great! Love the server stuff!

Savvas Dalkitsis

The year is 2341. Linus releases what he calls “the final file server room update”


    It’s only 6 Yottabytes


    Nu nu nu nu nu … Linus.

    o k

    ​@Maighstir you beat me to it haha

    gleb glub

    @Maighstir Linunununununus*


    Linus is now the software on the server. He remotely operates the channel from the server with autonomous robots that operate as hands. All Linus media group employees have been assimilated and are ai generated.

Dylan Guerrero

Been getting into making a homelab. Ill never need something this insane for my home but its great information for my already packed brain.

temp acct

Not lying, server videos are my favourite content on this channel. Not to mention that I gained vast amount of server knowledge from these videos.
Also I need to know who is the new editor. 4:42 8:04 😂

    Christopher Renn

    Also 12:09 🙂 lol


    nightmare fuel of edits

    edit: OF COURSE IT’S APRIME, how could I forget him being the king of meme editing in LMG


    You can always see all the people involved in the videos at the very end.


    stop the effects

    Dennis Premoli

    Alexandre Potvin. All credits are at the end of the video.

don’t caressss

I like how he said “leftover 8 TB ” drives.


    Around 1:49

    raunel perez


    Rachel Harper

    sabrent sent him a ton of them for a pc build

Michal Šipan

Linus: We can use cheap consumer SSDs
Also Linus: proceeds tu put in sabrent 8TB SSD, which costs more than my whole computer

    Marcos Aurelio

    gives a perspective on how wild(ly expensive) server stuff is

    Ingwie Phoenix

    I mean… its his version of cheap, i guess. xD

    Bob Sentell

    From an enterprise perspective, those consumer prices are rounding errors. We recently priced a temporary database using existing hardware for a client at $800,000 and their response was essentially, “how do you want to be paid?”


    @Marcos Aurelio And how expensive running a company is… vs a personal home thing.


    to be fair, in the server space, “cheap” means “this didn’t cost me close to a million bucks.”

Aroop Roelofs

tbf, I kinda feel like Linus should try to see if he can scale the editting servers more horizontally instead of vertically.
Sure, it’ll add a bit of complexity but if that 1 machine goes down, all editors are kinda screwed instead of just a bunch of them.


    Right.. IF


    Looks like that’s what they are doing with the Weka implementation that Jake referenced in the video and they have discussed before.


    But LTT has offsite backups I think.

    Francisco Pena

    just if they did it after the zfs pool corruption. But they didn’t used to
    if i remember correctly the zfs pool had an offsite node (idk the zfs terminology)
    idk tho if they set it to be in HA tho


    @Iaotle1 off site backups are just that, backups. Just because data is backed up does not mean that it is easy or quickly accessible. For something business critical like this server you really want something with high availability.


It’s always fun watching amateurs learning the lessons that IT pros learned decades ago. Document everything, hot swap is not optional, and if you really care about high availability you need a clustered solution. One day the janky solutions will end in tears.

    Ferdie van Schalkwyk

    Like Wonnock 1 resulted in dirty underwear.

    J M

    They already damn near lost everything and spent a ton of time and money to recover…to just turn around and keep doing the same things. Jake in particular should not be allowed anywhere near business critical infrastructure.

    Nick Sallee

    @J M I dont think Jake is the biggest issue at hand, it seems far more like budget. i.e “Consumer grade drives” Typically it sounds like Jake wants to do full enterprise grade stuff but Linus doesnt.

    who are you

    @Nick Sallee He is a problem. Can’t give a 20 year old someone to manage your business critical infrastructure.
    Hire someone that knows what is what.

    Good for him that he is learning on mistakes, but really bad for Linus over all.


    @who are youwhat does age have to do with it. Anyone with zero constraints could do that job. They have constraints and I’m pretty sure a veteran sysadmin wouldn’t cope in that environment.

Mirrors And Stuff

Storage requires performance – but it also requires reliability, availability and serviceability. It’s been fun (if painful) to watch LTT make mistakes and correct them… Admittedly, for something so vital to your company, one would have inter-site replication.

Currently, my concerns are underlying software issues (as hit previously) and stuff like the server mobo itself failing. It’s relatively rare, but you’d have a bad time. A twin canister based approach would probably be more bulletproof, but would still have a midplane to crap out. So, yeah, good replication and redundancy over separated failure domains feels like where I’d go.

Admittedly, I’m basically suggesting getting a second storage array for no additional capacity. But keeping your data is always handy.


    With 100 employees a well proven SAN storage with vendor support is not too far away. We have customers way smaller who can afford this. The problem with LTT is the huge amount of data and the requirement to be extremely fast. Our “normal” customers only have the requirement of being reliable, but not necessarily huge and fast at the same time.


    Most problems Linus encounters are all software related. Everything from all his wireless tech in his house, to OS they run on their servers.


    ​@drstefankrankThe solution would just be to have multiple servers for their editors rather than one huge one. One server for like 5 editors for example. This is what is normally done in the industry lol.

    Mirrors And Stuff

    @Username yeah – their performance requirements may be high, but honestly so are many customers these days. And I’m honestly not sure one can call it /huge/ – multi-petabyte footprints are pretty common these days.


    @Username Yeah, it’s mostly end user stuff for the cheap, but no enterprise. There’s a reason it costs more.
    Having a storage that just opens a ticket at the vendor and having a replacement part waiting the next morning without any manual steps is gold.

Nick Reynolds

I am loving the server content! Been learning the hard way by diving into the deep end. My team has no one else to configure or maintain our servers…and I’m relatively new at sysadmin type stuff. Lots of limitations to work with and things to learn.

So, standard IT job? 😂

Would love to know more about what you use to stress test your server configuration. Thanks for the show and tell!


Linus and his son messing about with server hardware has to be my favourite type of LTT videos.


I’ve used Startech products for years now and have found all their stuff to be incredibly reliable and really good value. The only problem I had was the casing came lose on an HDMI cable and they replaced it despite it being over 2 years old.

Guido Winter

Linus + Jake is fun to watch. Especially when they try to do things their way. Why would there be professional stuff? 😄


You could easily find what drive was bad in any OS (including truenas). You can get all the details including serial number and what PCI slot its on from the CLI. On a hot swap bay you can easily blink the drive locate light on the front directly from the cli as well. Been doing that for decades on ZFS (BSD and Linux).


    I think this video was made for sponsor material like Icy Dock trays lol

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