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I have an opportunity to get a Barracuda Email Spam server for next to nothing but the guy knows nothing about it and neither do I...

He said there is a way to convert this to a Linux server but I cant find any info on it anywhere......
anyone ever seen or used one of these? Will it be more of a headache then its worth?

Unfortunately I don't have the exact units info...

But the model is the Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall 900 approx 2.5 years old

I will try and get more information tomorrow...

Thanks
post #2 of 7
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it doesn't say anything about the cpu and so on... they don't even list the wattage on the appliance which would be a clue to what cpu it has.
make sure you boot a live linux CD on it if possible to have a look at what the internals are.

other than the above it looks like a modded server, commodity hardware, just a fancy paint job.
post #3 of 7
I also don't know what the CPU is, but you should be able to open the case and find out.

I've dealt with the Barracuda 400s before, and they were running a x64 CPU (Sempron, I think) but the big issue is the BIOS is locked. You will have to get the BIOS password (maybe on the internet) and flash the BIOS to something more standard, assuming that this exists. Afterward, you should be able to install Linux after finding out if the CPU is x64 or ARM (ArchLinux is what I'd recommend for ARM based).

If you're not experienced/comfortable with a non-standard Linux install, this may be a project not worth tackling. Generally speaking, the hardware in these aren't impressive, and money may be spent better, elsewhere.
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I also don't know what the CPU is, but you should be able to open the case and find out.

I've dealt with the Barracuda 400s before, and they were running a x64 CPU (Sempron, I think) but the big issue is the BIOS is locked. You will have to get the BIOS password (maybe on the internet) and flash the BIOS to something more standard, assuming that this exists. Afterward, you should be able to install Linux after finding out if the CPU is x64 or ARM (ArchLinux is what I'd recommend for ARM based).

If you're not experienced/comfortable with a non-standard Linux install, this may be a project not worth tackling. Generally speaking, the hardware in these aren't impressive, and money may be spent better, elsewhere.

Thanks, as money is beyond tight & i know very little about Linux I think I will pass on this it was only like 25 bucks but if its that much of a headache..... not that I am afraid to tackle it build hackintoshs fairly regularly but I don't have the time unfortunately to dedicate to learning and tackling a project like this.... maybe I will check at the local computer recycle shop and see if they have spare parts to piece together some sort of Intel or AMD based server.....

or...

Have any suggestions for a very cheap external storage solution for 4 5.25 HDD'S..... 3 x 2TB and 1 x 1TB....
Use a SFF case and it is water cooled so have 0 space for traditional drives....
post #5 of 7
Yeah don't bother with this. They are a right cow to "convert" to a general purpose box.

Do tell what you are trying to accomplish though and I can probably help you out smile.gif

Include a budget.
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post #6 of 7
Not sure that re-purposing the server would be worth it. These machines were designed for a specific purpose. Even if you could get linux to run on the machine, you may have problems finding drivers for your network, i/o and what not. You would be better off picking up a used dell server off ebay or a local reseller.
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I have a mITX system and no space for all my storage drives in the systems case...... not that I have that many drives but I ave all my files on them and no where to put them... oh they are 3 x 2TB seagate lp drives and 1 x 7200 barracuda drive. Lately I have just been swapping one for another in an external enclosure which is becoming a pain in the ass..... Would love to have a NAS or file server of sorts that I can add more storage to over time... I have an extremely limited budget... tbh If i could find something that someone was getting rid of due to age ( as long as it can house stuff and be uploaded to I am fine with it lol) for now anyway maybe in a year or two once life sorts it self out then I can get something better...

Currently my build runs Win 8.1 & Mavericks 10.9.2... so looking for some sort of setup to house all my movies, photos etc etc.... as the SSDs in the unit run the OS's and house the daily used programs.... (steam, origin and the like on windows and Light room, photo shop and various editing program on the mac side...)

Been up all night and day, about to hit the sack form some sleep so I hope this made some semblance of sense to you guys...
Thanks for the help thus far!
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