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Hi! Can you guys build me a server?

So I'm looking at helping build a server for our computer science department at a local college and I don't know much about server hardware. Some of the things we want to do on this server is to host our department website, a CS:S server(other games too, maybe), and do some virtualization.

Requirements: It has to have 2 nic cards and the budget is 5k(USD).

I'm not sure what distro I'm going to install on it yet. Any suggestions?
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Has this been approved by the IT department? It most likely has to conform to their standards, and Linux may or may not be OK.

What kind of stuff are you doing with it? Just one department website, anything else? You could use VMware ESXi to have one VM running the website, and create a small storage pool for the "sandbox" vm's.

Hardware is entirely dependent upon how many and what kinds of VM's you are running. What is the server room like? Is it a little closet or big datacenter? Do you have racks or will the server sit on the floor? Is power a concern or can the server draw lots of power and kick out lots of heat into the well ventilated room?
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Yes it has been approved by the IT department. Linux is actually what the department head wants. We will be hosting the department website from it for sure and possibly one or two more. We definitly want to host some gameservers for the student side of the school network which has been approved by the IT administrator and the head of the department.

We want to use VMware as well, how many we want Vm's we want to run I am not sure. I'll shoot an e-mail and find out. I already manage the department website and this will basically be a server for me to play around with.
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Yes it has been approved by the IT department. Linux is actually what the department head wants. We will be hosting the department website from it for sure and possibly one or two more. We definitly want to host some gameservers for the student side of the school network which has been approved by the IT administrator and the head of the department.

We want to use VMware as well, how many we want Vm's we want to run I am not sure. I'll shoot an e-mail and find out. I already manage the department website and this will basically be a server for me to play around with.

Alright, just need to figure out the rest of the questions I asked and we can try and help. I am a net admin, so it is just a habit to ask if this was approved or not, lots of professors try and get a local department server not administered by the IT department, and their IT department doesn't like that at all.

From the VMware side of things you can just run something like ESXI. That would allow you to run the Apache server in your distro of choice, run Windows for the games, and set aside some resources for a sandbox environment. It also has AD integration so you can let students/faculty use their domain credentials to access the server.
    
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Hardware is entirely dependent upon how many and what kinds of VM's you are running. What is the server room like? Is it a little closet or big datacenter? Do you have racks or will the server sit on the floor? Is power a concern or can the server draw lots of power and kick out lots of heat into the well ventilated room?

It's between a little closet and a big data center. There are two main racks with switches and routers plus a couple server towers setup. Power and heat are not a concern as it is a room for servers with ventilation.
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Alright, just need to figure out the rest of the questions I asked and we can try and help. I am a net admin, so it is just a habit to ask if this was approved or not, lots of professors try and get a local department server not administered by the IT department, and their IT department doesn't like that at all.

Their IT administrator is fine with me and I'm good at communicating what I'm doing. It's fairly small school with less than 1000 students. There are only 2 full time employees in the IT department and they are pretty laid back.
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I'd put up a picture of the racks but their cable management is horrendous.
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It's between a little closet and a big data center. There are two main racks with switches and routers plus a couple server towers setup. Power and heat are not a concern as it is a room for servers with ventilation.

Sweet, that makes things easy.

Will you be running the VM's off a SAN or will they be stored locally?

Your best bet now would be to total up the resources needed such as RAM and CPU, go over to Dell's site and see if things add up alright. We are an HP shop here, but their site is an absolute nightmare to spec out hardware. Something like a Poweredge R310 with 8GB of RAM and 4x 250GB hard drives (or 4x 146gb 10k rpm) in RAID 5 would work well, but Comguards will probably have better idea's.
    
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VM's will be locally stored.
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