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post #1 of 14
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I found a free listing on cl and it got me interested. its all dell enterprise rack servers...6 to be exact. 2 - 1U (860), 2- 2U (2950's) and 2 4U (2600's). i know they are older hardware, but still should be able to do something with them right? they are all complete with Rails, cables to remote desktop, routers and misc other parts. so worth it to go pick it up for free? what would you do with them?
post #2 of 14
IMHO, they're ok if you want to learn how to set up a linux server...

BUT:
» They're old, so will become unreliable. Usually at the moment you start counting on them.
» They are servers and may include diagnostics to help you assess they're condition.
» They're old, so won't have tons of CPU, so you can't get f@h bigadv.
» They're old, so will draw more current than equivalent newer computers.
» They are servers, so might surprise you and last forever.
» They are servers, so will probably be hella heavy.

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Sounds fun tho!
Chris
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post #3 of 14
The 2950's are decent, the rest are paperweights.
post #4 of 14
I just looked at the 2950. I was actually considering those for my current RAID. Then I found a used hp server with lots of 3.5" drives. I ended up buying a new Lenovo RD430 with 8x 3.5" drives.

Some gotchyas with servers:
» 2.5" vs 3.5" drive bays. Pay attention to this. If you end up with the kind you do not want, I do not know if it's possible (or how easy) to change to the other form factor.
» HDD trays included or does it have blanks?
» Check eBay for spares. Those dells are probably flooded with parts, so it'll be ok.
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post #5 of 14
It depends on what generation these are. There have been several renditions of the 2950, 2600s, and 860 series. can you be more specific such as how much RAM (assuming it is DDR2 era) and what CPUs?

EDIT: The 860s are nice because they are half rack, so much smaller. Generally, I won't touch a server that uses SCSI drives or has DDR2 RAM, but that's just me. DDR2 isn't bad, just expensive. If it uses SCSI drives and not SAS/SATA, I wouldn't bother.
post #6 of 14
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He didn't list any specs. I'm heading out to get them in a little bit.
post #7 of 14
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Ended up picking up 4 server racks and 2 Lenovo core 2 duo desktops. A crappy ton of cables, extra hard drives firepro cards and random other stuff. Haven't even had time to really look at them.
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Here is some pics. Lenovo towers work fine. Servers are missing hard drives in the 2950's.
post #9 of 14
Not bad!
post #10 of 14
I made that mistake in ordering my last two hosts.... frown.gif

IBM x3650's. Louder than a hair dryer and they only accept 2.5" SCSI drives. Oh, and they don't have a BMC that's usable without 27 pieces of IBM software installed. And licensed. Expensively.

Anytime I need a server, I just jump on Dell C1100s, R200's, or occasionally a ProLiant model, but not as much. Dell does so many things right on their servers.
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