Well, after a long week+, I have finally finished building my lab server. The reason why I took so long is because I have friends staying with us for the week.

Now everything is put together, and the cabling is perfect. I just turned it on for the first time tonight, and no issues thus far. I was able to check the UEFI BIOS, and it detects my CPU correctly, shows all 8 DIMMS with a total of 64GB of RAM, and the SSDs are showing up as well.

I hope to post some pictures that I’ve taken, if my phone ever decides to co-operate with me and upload them to my SkyDrive.

Now I am in the process of creating a bootable Windows Server 2012 USB key to start the OS installation. The only issue I currently have is the fact that I only have 1 keyboard/mouse, which are connected to my main PC. So I have to keep disconnecting/switching between both systems until I get a KVM (or the OS installed with a static IP to RDP to it, which is the original plan). Stay tuned.