37.3 Jonah Dell OptiPlex 7000


Jonah is a Dell OptiPlex 7000 with 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 2TB HDD (encrypted), and an Intel i7 12th gen CPU with 12 cores and 20 threads. It can handle heavy workloads for AI and Video processing, serving storage to a local network, and a multimedia platform for a home entertainment system. The HDD is kept as NTFS so that it is accessible from both Linux 22.04 and Windows 11.

Spec Details
Install Date 2022-07-04
Machine Dell Inc. OptiPlex 7000/0F1HC1, BIOS 1.3.62 06/13/2022
CPU 12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-12700 x 12 cores = 20 threads 2022 Q1
Performance PassMark = 27,428, BogoMIPS = 4224 x 20
Memory 1 x 16GiB DIMM DDR4 Synchronous 3200 MHz (0.3 ns) 3 slots 128GB Max
Disk M.2 2230 512GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 KBG50ZNS512G NVMe KIOXIA
Disk 3.5 inch 2TB 7200rpm
Wireless Intel WiFi-5 1x1 9462ac Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Card (wlp0s20f3)
Video Intel Integrated VGA compatible controller 256M AlderLake-S GT1 (i915)
Audio Intel Corporation Device 7ad0
Boot Grub2
Kernel 5.15.0-40-generic

After powering up the machine hold Fn-F12 for the boot menu and Fn-F2 for the BIOS. For a dual boot option installed on the Windows boot disk, in Windows the Bitlocker Drive Encryption needs to be turned off (https://help.ubuntu.com/bitlocker). Also in Windows shrink the C: drive to 100GB leaving a 400GB partition for Ubuntu. Through the boot menu boot from a Ubuntu 22.04 USB. If you see Operating System Loader signature found in SecureBoot exclusion database (“dbx”). All bootable devices failed Secure Boot verification. then turn Secure Boot off in the BIOS to then allow boot from USB. Follow the steps in Section 4.1 to set the server up.

Date Action
20220701 Firmware upgrade through BIOS
20220702 Install Ubuntu 22.04 from USB

The storage setup is /dev/nvme0n1p6 (377GB) as root (/), /dev/sda2 (2TB) is encrypted as jaffa, and /dev/sdb (2TB) is trucrypt encrypted.

On boot, the encrypted disk (crypto-LUKS) needs to be decrypted:

udisksctl  unlock -b /dev/sda2

This prompts for the passphrase and an administrator’s password and decrypts the disk which can then be mounted.

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