Originally Posted by gibb83
Why does a dell poweredge 2950 come with 6 bays? If there is a book that explain simple server setup and configuration can you please point me in the right direction. I'm wanting to build a home network. Looking at 2 2u forms one for storage and one for backup. Looking to build file/print server, and a lab for testing. For like pentesting.
You dont need a dedicated server to setup a storage/backup file server, nor a print server. Heck an i3 or the 4300 could do that, and would be FAR cheaper. Just go with a low power consumption processor, and an 80+ or better rated PSU so you can leave it on all the time. 4 gigs of ram, a quality motherboard and a cheap, quiet case make a nice household server that can be tucked away in a corner. As for storage, depends on what you need. I would recommend getting a dedicated RAID card, and then grab 4 2TB drives. Set it up so you have 2 drives in raid 0, then that raid in raid 1 (mirrored). That gives you 4TB with a backup set in case a hard drive goes bad, should be enough for a small household server. Then, you can set up a virtual machine with all the cool encryption and security features you want, and test security however you want.
Originally Posted by Oedipus
I suggest you not waste your time by continuing with your plans.