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Hi guys,
So at work today I found two old servers from 2002! They are Dell PowerEdge 2600's. They have 4 32GB drives which are U320 at 10K. It has a 603 pin Intel socket, with one Xeon 1.8 CPU. They have about 5-6 Dimms of 256 MB RAM.

I want to know, would this be a good machine to use as a Home Server? Are there any upgrades NEEDED to run WHS 2011? I have a TechNet Subscription, so that is not a problem.

Thanks in advance!
    
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Heck ya-i would reccommend defin
    
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I would not use this for a home server unless you like lots of noise and a higher electric bill. Sell both of them and you will have enough cash to throw together a more power efficient system.
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Actually it is not very loud. I'm not too concerned with the electric bill. What I want to know is if this will run Home Server smoothly.

I couldn't give you guys better specs, because unfortunately it needs a PS/2 mouse/keyboard, which I needed to order from the Egg. It will be here Tuesday.
It uses integrated graphics, if that helps.
It is currently running Windows 2000 Server.
    
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The WHS "Veil" is simply a version of server 2008 (R2 x64 I believe). It's basically the same hardware requirements.

I honestly can't think of any advantages of this server over normal modern hardware. Perhaps it would last a bit longer since it was designed to run 24/7 in a production environment.

Very few if any advantages and the disadvantages of the USCSI drive types and the noise/power draw and the limit of storage capacity and...you didn't mention the NIC but if it has Win2k it's probably a 10/100 NIC. And...probably USB 2? Maybe you can add USB ports, a SATA controller and a gigE NIC if it is a think enough chassis and has lots of PCI slots. Not sure I'd bother given the cost of those things. But that's me.

Here's one use: use a FreeNAS bootable USB thumb drive, and (assuming FreeNAS detects all the hardware) set it up as an iSCSI device. It would be a really, really fast...~120 gig hard drive...at least the drives wouldn't be the bottleneck (probably?).

Maybe a Minecraft server?

The whole point of an OS like WHS is to have lots and lots of storage easily manageable...with this machine you're limited on the storage...

If you can think of something that both doesn't require a lot of storage and is normally bottle necked by read/write speeds of the disk this will be great (for whatever that is). I was going to say a video decoding station but that xeon is old enough a $100 consumer part would probably out run it.

Hope I'm not sound discouraging. Have fun with your server
 
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post #6 of 8
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subassy, thanks for the input!
I was just thinking, you know, server or not, to use this as a media point. I think it would make as a good backup point. Not for videos or music, just for important documents.

Again, don't worry about sounding discouraging, because I got this thing for free!!
It has like 6-7 extra open PCI slots. I knew about having the massive amounts of storage space for a Home Server, but again, I don't have too many blu-rays.

Hmmm, I'm sure I'll come up with a good use for these babies!
    
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post #7 of 8
Sure no problem!

You have tech net you can always try out that "2008 embedded storage edition" or whatever it's called. I mean if you have the resources and the spare enterprise-grade machine then why not right?
 
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post #8 of 8
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Yeah, I'll do that once I get the mouse/keyboard!!
+rep to you.

Thanks again.
    
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