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Conversion of Supermicro CSE-846 to a JBOD Shelf

Not too much to write here, but, as the title states, I converted the case for my hyper-converged server setup into a simple JBOD Shelf. You can follow the original “journey” at this reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/homelab/comments/g611uu/convert_supermicro_chassis_from_server_into_jbod/

From that post you will see that we needed some equipment:

1 x ($28) Dual Mini SAS SFF-8088 to SAS36P SFF-8087 Adapter in PCI Bracket
2 x ($16) CABLEDECONN Mini SAS26P SFF-8088 to SFF-8088 1M External Cable
1 x ($130) SUPERMICRO Computer Power Control Board for JBOD Support IPMI 2.00
1 x ($20) Supermicro CBL-NTWK-0587 1.6FT CAT5e RJ-45 Extension Cable — (Note that I actually got this directly from Supermicro because I couldn’t actually find it for sale, they just don’t have a good link.)

This is the CSE-846 with the old system board removed.
Here are some of the components getting laid out.

So there we have it… A regular hyper-converged server converted over to a JBOD shelf.