FreeNAS® Mini and Mini XL Network Upgrade Kit

FreeNAS® Mini and Mini XL Network Upgrade Kit
FreeNAS® Mini and Mini XL
Network Upgrade Kit
May 2017 Edition
For more information about the FreeNAS Mini product line and a digital
download of this guide, visit www.iXsystems.com/freenas-mini/
Table of Contents
Parts Location ............................................................................................................ 2
Preparation ................................................................................................................ 3
Network Card Brackets ............................................................................................ 3
Chelsio Dual Port 10Gb Memory Free Ethernet Adapter SFP+ ......................... 4
Intel® Dual Port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter with RJ45 Connectors ... 5
SFP+ Module Installation ......................................................................................... 6
FreeNAS Mini Network Card Installation .............................................................. 7
Part I: Removing Cables and Components ..................................................... 7
Opening the FreeNAS Mini Case ................................................................ 7
Power Supply Connector Removal ............................................................ 8
SATA Cable Removal ..................................................................................... 9
Motherboard Tray Removal ...................................................................... 10
Slot Cover Removal ..................................................................................... 11
Part II: Installation of Cables and Components ........................................... 12
Network Card Installation ......................................................................... 12
Motherboard Tray Installation ................................................................. 14
SATA Cable Connection .............................................................................. 15
Power Supply Connection ......................................................................... 16
Closing the FreeNAS Mini Case ................................................................ 16
FreeNAS Mini XL Network Card Installation ...................................................... 17
Part I: Removing Components ........................................................................ 17
Opening the FreeNAS Mini XL Case ......................................................... 17
Motherboard Tray Removal ...................................................................... 18
Slot Cover Removal ..................................................................................... 19
Part II: Installing Components ........................................................................ 20
Network Interface Card Installation ........................................................ 20
Motherboard Tray Installation ................................................................. 21
Closing the FreeNAS Mini XL Case .......................................................... 22
Conclusion ............................................................................................................... 23
Additional Resources ............................................................................................ 23
THANK YOU FOR PURCHASING THIS UPGRADE
KIT FOR YOUR FREENAS MINI OR MINI XL!
The kit includes either one Chelsio 10Gb Network Interface Card with dual
SFP+ ports or one Intel® 10Gb dual port network card with RJ45 connectors.
SFP+ modules can be ordered separately or may be included with this kit.
Note that the Intel network card does not support SFP+ modules.
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PARTS LOCATION
Motherboard
Tray
PCIe Slot
FREENAS MINI
Motherboard
Tray
PCIe Slot
FREENAS MINI XL
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PREPARATION
A Philips screwdriver is needed for external and internal screws. Shut down
the FreeNAS system and unplug the power cable. Make a note of where
the data cables are connected and unplug them. If a “Tamper Resistant”
sticker is present, removing or cutting it to remove the case will not affect
the warranty on the unit.
NETWORK CARD BRACKETS
The FreeNAS Mini uses a short, half height bracket and the Mini XL uses a
tall, full height bracket.
If the bracket already mounted on the card is not the correct height,
remove the two bracket screws from the card, replace the bracket, then
replace the screws.
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CHELSIO DUAL PORT 10GB MEMORY FREE
ETHERNET ADAPTER SFP+
The Chelsio 10Gb network card connects the Mini or Mini XL directly to
a fiber optic network via the PCIe slot on the motherboard. This card
supports SFP+ modules, which may not be included in the upgrade kit.
Full Height
Half Height
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INTEL® DUAL PORT 10GB CONVERGED
NETWORK ADAPTER WITH RJ45 CONNECTORS
The Intel 10Gb Adapter uses standard Cat 6 cabling with two RJ45 copper
connectors to connect the Mini or Mini XL to the network via the PCIe slot.
This card does not support SFP+ modules.
Full Height
Half Height
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SFP+ MODULE INSTALLATION
The Chelsio network card is compatible with SFP+ modules. Align the
SFP+ module with the SFP+ cage and gently push until it slides into place.
Different types of SFP+ modules are available, and connecting them to the
network depends on the type.
Note: The Intel network card does not support SFP+ modules.
SFP Module
The SFP+ module has a rubber dust cover. Keep the cover in place until
ready to connect a fiber optic cable. To remove the dust cover, lift the
handle until it is fully open and pull the dust cover off.
Lift handle
Dust Cover
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FREENAS MINI NETWORK CARD
INSTALLATION
PART I: REMOVING CABLES AND COMPONENTS
Some cables and components must be disconnected or removed before
the network card can be installed.
OPENING THE FREENAS MINI CASE
Unscrew the four thumbscrews on the rear of the Mini:
1
2
4
3
Slide the black metal cover off the back of the chassis.
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POWER SUPPLY CONNECTOR REMOVAL
The power supply is connected to the motherboard with a 24-pin
connector.
Press Latch Inward
Press in on the upper part of the latch and pull the connector upward to
disconnect the power supply cable.
Note: Force may be needed as the connector is tight. It helps to hold the
motherboard tray in place while pulling upward on the connector.
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SATA CABLE REMOVAL
Remove the four SATA cables connected to the blue SATA connectors, and
any optional SATA cables connected to the white slots.
Remove each connector individually by gently pulling upwards on the black
part of the connector.
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MOTHERBOARD TRAY REMOVAL
Remove the three motherboard tray back panel screws and the two inside
edge screws.
2
1
3
4
5
10
SLOT COVER REMOVAL
Gently lift and slide the motherboard tray out of the chassis. Remove the
slot cover screw and slot cover from the back panel. Save the screw.
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PART 2: INSTALLATION OF CABLES AND
COMPONENTS
NETWORK CARD INSTALLATION
Slide the motherboard tray out of the chassis until there is enough room
for the network card to fit into the PCIe slot. Align the network card with
the PCIe slot and press down on the center of the card firmly until it is
fully seated.
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Use the slot cover screw removed earlier to attach the new network card to
the back panel.
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MOTHERBOARD TRAY INSTALLATION
Slide the motherboard tray gently back into place. Replace the three
motherboard tray back panel screws and the two inside edge screws.
2
1
3
4
5
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SATA CABLE CONNECTION
From the same side of the Mini as the power supply, reconnect the six SATA
cables.
Note: Once installed, the new network card blocks access to the SATA ports
from the same side of the Mini as the PCIe slot.
SATA cable connectors have an L-shaped key and only fit into the motherboard connector one way. Reconnect the SATA cables from the drive bay to
the blue motherboard SATA ports. There are two SATA cables for optional
SSD cache drives. If present, the SSD cache drives are installed on the top
or side of the drive cage. If not present, the cables might be zip-tied to the
chassis. Connect these cables to the white motherboard SATA ports. For
more instructions on SSD cache drive installation, see the FreeNAS Mini
and XL Hardware Guide at https://www.ixsystems.com/FreeNAS_Mini_HW_
Upgrade.pdf.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Gently press each connector individually into place, starting from 1 to 6,
until it stops.
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POWER SUPPLY CONNECTION
Reconnect the motherboard power supply connector. Press down firmly
with both hands until fully seated and latch is closed.
CLOSING THE FREENAS MINI CASE
Replacing the case is the opposite of removal. Slide the case back on, being
careful not to pinch any cables. Replace the four thumbscrews in the back.
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FREENAS MINI XL NETWORK CARD
INSTALLATION
PART I: REMOVING COMPONENTS
OPENING THE FREENAS MINI XL CASE
The right side panel must be removed. Unscrew the two thumbscrews on
the back of the right panel, then slide the panel back and remove it.
1
2
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MOTHERBOARD TRAY REMOVAL
Remove the three motherboard tray back panel screws and the two inside
edge screws.
1
2
3
5
4
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SLOT COVER REMOVAL
Slide motherboard tray out an inch to remove the slot cover screw and slot
cover. Save the screw.
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PART II: INSTALLING COMPONENTS
NETWORK INTERFACE CARD INSTALLATION
Place the network card into the Mini XL from the side. Position the bracket
over the back panel and the card over the PCIe slot. Press down on the
ends of the card firmly until it is fully seated.
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Use the slot cover screw removed earlier to attach the new network card to
the back panel.
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MOTHERBOARD TRAY INSTALLATION
Slide the motherboard tray gently back into place. Replace the three
motherboard tray back panel screws and the two inside edge screws.
1
2
3
5
4
CLOSING THE FREENAS MINI XL CASE
The removed side panel has metal tabs on the inside that hook onto the
chassis. Align the metal tabs with the chassis and guide the panel towards
the front of the system until it slides into place.
Placing the Mini XL on its side with a towel underneath makes it easier to
engage the metal tabs on the sides. Do not force the panel into place as
this may bend the metal tabs. If the cover does not slide on easily, remove
it and try again.
Replace the two thumbscrews to hold the panel in place.
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CONCLUSION
Reconnect the external cables and power on the FreeNAS system. The
network card upgrade is now complete.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
The FreeNAS Mini and Mini XL support many features and configurations
not mentioned in this Network Card Upgrade Guide.
For help upgrading hardware, refer to the FreeNAS Mini and Mini XL
Hardware Upgrade Guide: https://www.iXsystems.com/FreeNAS_Mini_HW_
Upgrade.pdf.
For help replacing the Mini and Mini XL Motherboard, refer to the FreeNAS
Mini Motherboard Replacement Guide: http://iXsystems.com/FreeNAS_
Mini_Motherboard_Replacement.pdf.
For complete documentation: http://doc.freenas.org.
The FreeNAS Forums provide an opportunity to interact with other
FreeNAS users and to discuss their configurations. Visit the forums:
http://forums.freenas.org.
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