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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.

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I'm not too sure if I understand the question or not.
But it comes with 6 HDD bays, so you can fit 6 HDDs in them?
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I suggest you not waste your time by continuing with your plans.
    
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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.

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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.
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I suggest you not waste your time by continuing with your plans.

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I guess to simplify my question, why does the 2950 have 6 hd bays? Is it jist for raid for fault tolerance?
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I guess to simplify my question, why does the 2950 have 6 hd bays? Is it jist for raid for fault tolerance?

Where I work we send out servers like that to our customers and use them for raid configurations. So I would also say that fault tolerance is a part of it as well.... depending on the raid configuration you set up. And you don't even necessarily have to use all bays, but if you plan to RAID I probably would.
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So a single os with whatever the person running on 6 hds. I'm new to this area and trying to grasp the concept
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So a single os with whatever the person running on 6 hds. I'm new to this area and trying to grasp the concept

An ideal scenario would involve a Dell PERC 6i RAID controller, and some 10K or 15K SAS drives. 2 ~70GB drives in a RAID 1 for the OS, and 4 ~400GB drives in a RAID 10 (for 800GB usable storage). This would be an ideal setup for a database server, for example.
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An ideal scenario would involve a Dell PERC 6i RAID controller, and some 10K or 15K SAS drives. 2 ~70GB drives in a RAID 1 for the OS, and 4 ~400GB drives in a RAID 10 (for 800GB usable storage). This would be an ideal setup for a database server, for example.

I second this. A Perc raid controller with two virtual disks configured. One for storage and one for the os.

I have a 2950 in a rack with the rest of my gear, it's a web server running Cpanel and I can't fault the thing even though it's old hat now.
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