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So the owner of the hotel I work out was clearing out a storage room. He had a lot of random computer stuff. Since he knew I was a bit of a technophile he asked if I wanted any of it. I said I would take a look at what was there and see. Picked out a IBM X3200 M3 Server. Looks to have a Intel Xeon X3430 Processor and DDR3 RAM. Couple of 300GB 15krpm HDD. Not sure what else. Thought that if I could boot it up I could see everything on it. Well its asking for me to log in with a account. It has Windows Server 2003.

I should be able to load a fresh copy of Windows on there and wipe all the previous data off correct? I don't have any experience with servers. Not sure if its a RAID setup or anything either. Although one can assume that it is. Any words of wisdom?
Edited by Erick Silver - 9/12/16 at 2:49pm
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Nothing special. RAID or not as long as the storage is visible to the host you can install as usual.

Don't expect any good performance from such ancient hardware though. (The 15k HDDs might be useful if you don't care about latency.)
Edited by MrKoala - 9/12/16 at 2:58pm
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I thought that I would at least try and get it up and running. Maybe its worth something? Maybe do my own Rust Server? I dunno.....
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So the owner of the hotel I work out was clearing out a storage room. He had a lot of random computer stuff. Since he knew I was a bit of a technophile he asked if I wanted any of it. I said I would take a look at what was there and see. Picked out a IBM X3200 M3 Server. Looks to have a Intel Xeon X3430 Processor and DDR3 RAM. Couple of 300GB 15krpm HDD. Not sure what else. Thought that if I could boot it up I could see everything on it. Well its asking for me to log in with a account. It has Windows Server 2003.

I should be able to load a fresh copy of Windows on there and wipe all the previous data off correct? I don't have any experience with servers. Not sure if its a RAID setup or anything either. Although one can assume that it is. Any words of wisdom?

That CPU in that Server is around the same performance as your Phenom. tongue.gif


So really not too bad of a pull.

I would use it as a data server/random stuff server. Torrents, games, media, pretty much anything really.


I would gut server 2003 though.
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That CPU in that Server is around the same performance as your Phenom. tongue.gif


So really not too bad of a pull.

I would use it as a data server/random stuff server. Torrents, games, media, pretty much anything really.


I would gut server 2003 though.

What would you put in instead?
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What would you put in instead?

I run Server 2012r2 myself, but 2008r2 was also always decent. If you can get a old copy of windows home server 2011, that was a pretty solid OS. Otherwise Windows 7-10 are fine choices, or CentOS/Ubuntu Server are two solid choices for OS.


If it was me I would get a cheap copy of Server 2012r2 from any key reselling website (like reddit, ebay, g2a). Mainly because you are getting modern features and works well with the windows eco system, I stream all my Movies from my server and even run Plex on it so I can stream movies to myself in hotel rooms. As I travel alot, so having my own Netflix system is pretty nice.


CentOS is my linux OS for choice for a server, but Ubuntu Server is a better starter for a Linux newbie. Simply because of the online support.
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You could install a virtualisation platform like VMware. ESX v6 has a good free licence as a hypervisor, also is easy to install and use.

Then you can install many operating systems at the same time depending on what you want to achieve.
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Having a hard time with this thing as I have no idea what I am doing. No server experience. I am trying to load a fresh copy of Windows 7 32 bit to the system. But it keeps telling me "BOOT MGR FAILED" on the dvd drive.

Thinking of trying a usb flash drive next.

But heres the thing. This server had an ejectable 320GB HDD Cartridge. (Which I opens as I was curious.) It was a standard Toshiba 320GB Laptop HDD in a cartridge case.(Honestly I was hoping for a SSD. angrysmiley.gif) Anywho, should I put this ejectable HHD back in?
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Having a hard time with this thing as I have no idea what I am doing. No server experience. I am trying to load a fresh copy of Windows 7 32 bit to the system. But it keeps telling me "BOOT MGR FAILED" on the dvd drive.

Thinking of trying a usb flash drive next.

But heres the thing. This server had an ejectable 320GB HDD Cartridge. (Which I opens as I was curious.) It was a standard Toshiba 320GB Laptop HDD in a cartridge case.(Honestly I was hoping for a SSD. angrysmiley.gif) Anywho, should I put this ejectable HHD back in?


You probably have to change boot drive, and have the dvd drive boot first.

Also if all the drives are connected to a raid card, you may need raid drivers to install windows.
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Here's some info on it, if you haven't found it yet: https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/rep_ca/7/872/ENUSAG09-0577/ENUSAG09-0577.PDF
    
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