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I am trying to become an IT and the VP of IT recommended me playing with servers to learn more about the stuff.

There is a flea market at MIT (yes that MIT) and they sell a lot of cool computer stuff for super cheap. I should be able to find some servers and I was looking for advice.


1. Hardware

He suggested something with a pedestal mount because rack mount fans were noisy. Besides that what do i look for in a server? What would I consider old? What would I consider dirt cheap? overpriced? a great deal? What specs am I after? What brands?

2. Software

As a student I have access to Windows server for free. But I know Linux servers are popular too, how do they compare? Which to try first?



What are things I could I do with the server that have room for expansion (mental and physical)?


Thanks guys
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I am trying to become an IT and the VP of IT recommended me playing with servers to learn more about the stuff.

There is a flea market at MIT (yes that MIT) and they sell a lot of cool computer stuff for super cheap. I should be able to find some servers and I was looking for advice.


1. Hardware

He suggested something with a pedestal mount because rack mount fans were noisy. Besides that what do i look for in a server? What would I consider old? What would I consider dirt cheap? overpriced? a great deal? What specs am I after? What brands?

2. Software

As a student I have access to Windows server for free. But I know Linux servers are popular too, how do they compare? Which to try first?



What are things I could I do with the server that have room for expansion (mental and physical)?


Thanks guys

1.) Good hardware will NOT have SCSI drives, but will have SAS drives (or at least a spot for SAS drives). If you avoid SCSI drives, you will be getting decent hardware. Also, look for DDR3 slotted motherboards where possible, but DDR2 in some cases. If you can find soething for a good price that runs DDR3 RAM and SAS drives, it's more than likely going to be something decent.

2.) Let's be honest, MOST companies (medium and enterprise, at least) use Microsoft Active Directory for their Domain Services. While Microsoft may not be in ALL shops, there is a presence in most. Some shops may not run any Linux at all, which puts Microsoft Server as the defacto for companies infrastructure (this is not true for hosting providers, who primarily run Linux). Start with Windows Server 2008R2, hich is going to be the most widely used Microsoft Server OS for the next few years. Learn Server 2012 next, and you will have a good start. The problem with learning Linux to get a job in IT is there are so many distros out there, and a lot of companies want employees with experience in a certain distro. RHEL SLES, and CentOS are the big three targeting enterprise markets, but you will also see Debian, Mint, and even Ubuntu in the enterprise (as well as others).

Good luck!
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