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I have a few questions...

I was given an old HP ProLiant Blade server by one of the guys that I work with. He had it laying around in his garage and heard that I was working on hosting a game server for an MMO type game.

The server itself is an HP ProLiant DL380 G1
Dual Opteron Processors running at 2.4Ghz
16GB RAM
Dual SCSI 32.6GB Drives at 15k rpm
and Dual SCSI 300GB Drives at 10K rpm all in hot swappable bays.
Oh and did I mention noisy as hell?

Everything works except the internal DVD Rom, but that is not an issue as I have replacements. USB ports all seem to be in working order

My question is what to do with this thing. It was free and I figured I would just use it until the darn thing blows up.

I figure I would slap Ubuntu Server on it, and use it as a domain controller, email provider and web page server.. I am still fairly new to servers so setup is the step that I am at right now.

Any suggestions?

If it isn't worth anything I will probably just end up parting it out.
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post #2 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gryph3n View Post
I have a few questions...

I was given an old HP ProLiant Blade server by one of the guys that I work with. He had it laying around in his garage and heard that I was working on hosting a game server for an MMO type game.

The server itself is an HP ProLiant DL380 G1
Dual Opteron Processors running at 2.4Ghz
16GB RAM
Dual SCSI 32.6GB Drives at 15k rpm
and Dual SCSI 300GB Drives at 10K rpm all in hot swappable bays.
Oh and did I mention noisy as hell?

Everything works except the internal DVD Rom, but that is not an issue as I have replacements. USB ports all seem to be in working order

My question is what to do with this thing. It was free and I figured I would just use it until the darn thing blows up.

I figure I would slap Ubuntu Server on it, and use it as a domain controller, email provider and web page server.. I am still fairly new to servers so setup is the step that I am at right now.

Any suggestions?

If it isn't worth anything I will probably just end up parting it out.
The Ubuntu server is a good idea but if not, folding is one thing that comes to mind.

If the system is healthy, I'd try it..... Orrrrrrr you could let me buy it from you since I dig the older stuff anyway and could actually use it for something here.
Posting with an old Socket A dualie setup as I type right now.

Really though a system like that isn't much for OC'ing, more like for grunt work. If you need a reliable setup for hosting, HTPC, folding or whatever it should do well enough.

BTW I'm serious about if you decide to let it go, I do have a use for something like that with all the stuff I do around here but I'd see if you could use it for something yourself first.
Edited by Kryton - 5/15/11 at 9:04am
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Up to you really, not looking to ship this thing really as it is pretty hefty. I would say about 60lbs??

Unless of course you are willing to pay the cost + shipping...
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Originally Posted by Gryph3n View Post
Up to you really, not looking to ship this thing really as it is pretty hefty. I would say about 60lbs??

Unless of course you are willing to pay the cost + shipping...
Not sure what the cost would be to ship but I can find out.
60 lb's is alot of weight to ship and yes, it would be expensive but there's only one way to really know.

I'll check on that tomorrow and let you know what I find out, I'll probrably hit the UPS store and the Post office too.

If anything, we'll both know how much it would be.
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Blade server? Or do you mean rackmount server? AMD-based Proliant would be the DL385-series, if I'm not mistaken.

This one?
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Oh and did I mention noisy as hell?
It's because of the hard drives... swap out those crappy 15K RPM drives and even the 10K RPM drives and find an IDE to SATA converter to get some 7200 RPM drives in there.

From experience, the most noisy part of any PC I've had is the Hard Drives - only when they are IDE.
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The interface is not loud, it's how the drives are designed and what rpm they run at. But very very nice score man!
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Can you double check that? DL380 G1 is ancient, with 1.1GHZ (32 bit) CPU's, not x64 AMD Opterons or 16GB RAM.

How much are you willing to invest? If this is a real blade you need a blade enclosure for it to power the blade, provide networking etc..

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It's because of the hard drives... swap out those crappy 15K RPM drives and even the 10K RPM drives and find an IDE to SATA converter to get some 7200 RPM drives in there.

From experience, the most noisy part of any PC I've had is the Hard Drives - only when they are IDE.
You crazy? Ditch high-performance drives for slow ones? They are also SCSI, not IDE.

You definitely aren't working with servers then, those fans will blow you (and your sanity) away in no time. Overall hard drives aren't bad in the noise realm.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by WaterMelnKidd View Post
It's because of the hard drives... swap out those crappy 15K RPM drives and even the 10K RPM drives and find an IDE to SATA converter to get some 7200 RPM drives in there.

From experience, the most noisy part of any PC I've had is the Hard Drives - only when they are IDE.
your experience likely doesn't extend to rackmount kit then - the HDDs are the least of your eardrum's worries. The fans are where the noise comes from - and most servers won't even POST fully without them running...
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