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    jh71283

    Hi all.

    My aging WHS box (2x Xeon 3.2GHz) is starting to fail, so I am on the lookout for some new hardware.

    I have seen this

    http://www.serversdirect.co.uk/HP_Proliant_ML110_G6__Dual_Core_G6950_Micro_tower_Server__578930-035/version.asp

    which seems quite a good price for an entry level server, but the fact that it is just a dual core Pentium G6950 seems a bit weedy to me.

     

     

    Does anyone else know of some decent hardware for running a home server on? (Probably replacing WHS with Amahi while I am at it)

     

    Currently have about 6 3.5in drives in the server, so the HP Mediasmart things aren't really worth it either....

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    W3bbo

    You really don't need anything like a Xeon for a home server, I ran one from 2005 to 2008 on an AMD Sempron and 512MB RAM without any issues (but this was before Hyper-V). The only real plus of a Xeon is better SMP support (obsolete in this day of multicore CPUs) an a larger cache, unless you're running a 10m transactions/day business process server at home it isn't worth the money.

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    dahat

    ,jh71283 wrote

    Hi all.

    My aging WHS box (2x Xeon 3.2GHz) is starting to fail, so I am on the lookout for some new hardware.

    2x Xeons? In a WHS box? What are you doing with it that requires all of that horsepower?

    I have seen this

    http://www.serversdirect.co.uk/HP_Proliant_ML110_G6__Dual_Core_G6950_Micro_tower_Server__578930-035/version.asp

    which seems quite a good price for an entry level server, but the fact that it is just a dual core Pentium G6950 seems a bit weedy to me.

    ML110's are decent enough boxes... though a little louder than I like around the house (remember, that is proper server grade HW).

    Currently have about 6 3.5in drives in the server, so the HP Mediasmart things aren't really worth it either....

    Why so? I've two HP Media Smart EX470's sitting behind me (running v1, I'm waiting for a specific v2 box to come out), each withone of these attached. It's hard to beat the simplicity of one of the OEM home server boxes IMO, doubly so when most have an eSATA port on the back which supports port multiplication.

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    spivonious

    I had my WHS trial running on an old Pentium 4 2.4GHz with 1GB of RAM and had no issues. Backups and file serving just don't need that much horsepower.

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    vesuvius

    Sir Richard Branson

    "The main house is completely destroyed and the fire is not yet completely out. My office was based in the house and I have lost thousands of photographs which is very sad."

    I am feeling more and more vulnerable with all my digital content, and think I may install the server above at a family members

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    dahat

    ,vesuvius wrote

    Sir Richard Branson

    *snip*

    I am feeling more and more vulnerable with all my digital content, and think I may install the server above at a family members

    A good start, but the server alone is only half of it.

    Having a good off-site backup operation plan, as well as successful execution of it is also vital.

    Most digital video & music can be re-downloaded, ripped or purchased... photos and old code are the two things I'd hate to be out... so I have two external HDs which I backup the key bits from my home server to every week, then rotate the two back and forth to/from the office on a rotating schedule.

    The bugger with such a plan is proper diligence as it is easy to forget to do for a while... something I shouldn't do as the apt complex I live in has had two fires in the three years I've lived there (one requiring the demolishing of a building (1 of 8), another happened inside of my bedroom wall).

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    vesuvius

    @dahat: That is pretty amazing, and a plan worthy of executing. I think diligence is OK if you lose a few weeks or months worth of code rather a decades

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    spivonious

    @vesuvius: Carbonite seems to be advertising a lot lately. Unlimited automatic off-site backup for $60/year.

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    jh71283

    I ended up just purchasing an i3 board / chip / ram and a new case...

    Didn't really need Xeon hardware really, it was out of an old server I was given at work.

     

    Now to decide on an OS, WHS Vail lost its appeal when they ditched Drive Extender, and I don't agree with Amahi's business model of charging you for free apps.

     

    Hmm...

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    W3bbo

    Windows Server 2008 R2 here, no complaints, but you will find yourself learning Active Directory the hard way for a few years, but damn... It's a good way to build yout resume.

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    Sven Groot

    obsolete in this day of multicore CPUs

    Damn, I guess that means my lab's NUMA system with four eight-core Xeon CPUs is obsolete... Wink

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    jh71283

    NeverMind - wrong thread.

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    PaoloM

    I recently got a 1Tb Passport Essentials for $89 at Costco. I'll probably get another one and get back to my offsite backup cycle, eerily similar to dahat's Smiley

    When I was living in Victoria and had lots of film photos, I just rented a safety box at my bank to hold the negatives.

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    Lee_Dale

    I've tried various home setups in the past but the one I've currently settled on which has worked the best for me is the following:

    I have a central NetGear ReadyNAS box with 4 x 1TB disks raided to give 2.7TB worth of storage and redundancy.

    For media content I use a Mac with iTunes pointing all content to the NAS box. I use iTunes to centrally manage all media and serve it up to two Apple TV devices. iTunes on Mac is pretty good software and I've not found the same seemless experience with any other product out there.

    I have two low end Dell Poweredge servers, one for a domain controller and web server and one for public facing TFS and SharePoint 2010, that I use for work.

    Backup of my work Dell Laptop is done with Windows backup, which takes all my Documents folder and creates a system image every night and plonks it on the NAS drive.

    I have a Time Machine drive for backup of the Mac also.

    Every important bit of data is stored on the Raided NAS drive which gives me some comfort, the only thing missing at the moment is off site backup which I need to sort out. Problem is I have around 2TB of data on the NAS drive that ideally I would need backed up.

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    PaoloM

    3Tb USB drives are super cheap these days... Smiley

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    Geoffreyk

    ,jh71283 wrote

    I ended up just purchasing an i3 board / chip / ram and a new case...

    what i3 board did you get. I am looking right now for myself.

     

    Edit:

    Also, what power supply? I am hoping to build as green as I can

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    PaoloM

    Check this article first, then pick a suitable board Smiley

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    kettch

    ,PaoloM wrote

    Check this article first, then pick a suitable board Smiley

    I grovel before folks who can put together an article like that.

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