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Recently, two things have come into my possession. A copy of Windows Server 2008 R2, and a P4 Dell PC with two GB of RAM. The Dell I have no use for except to put Server 2008 on it and learn how to use it. I'd like to make it a personal email and web server. I have never built either of those from the ground up, but would really like to for my own knowledge. Being that neither my website, nor email will be heavily trafficked, do you think this would be worth doing on that system?
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Most likely, yes.

You have no other use for it, so why not?

It should be enough to run a basic email and web server, these tasks are not drastically CPU intensive.
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Most likely, yes.

You have no other use for it, so why not?

It should be enough to run a basic email and web server, these tasks are not drastically CPU intensive.
Ok, that is good to hear. I guess then I'll just have to see how Server 2008 R2 performs as an OS on that system. I've got Windows 7 running well on an older laptop, so hopefully it will do alright. I think the R2 version of 2008 is like Windows 7, but don't really know yet.
Edited by losttsol - 11/16/09 at 1:06pm
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According to this site: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/wind.../cc196364.aspx

It should run just fine, not blazing but it should be sufficient.
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It will work just fine, when it comes to servers you can do a lot more with a Pentium 4 than you think.
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It will work just fine, when it comes to servers you can do a lot more with a Pentium 4 than you think.
Really?

I have Dell with a P4 2.6GHz sitting behind me rotting. Thanks for the info.
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Kinda depends whether it's a 3GHz+ power guzzling cpu, or an old Willamette though... (although the 2GB RAM would kinda indicate the former...)

TBH I would be more inclined to use the latter though - most 'server' tasks that you would find useful at home actually require very little cpu, so lower power chips make more sense. You could even underclock it to save money, and you wouldn't notice the difference for many tasks. 2GB RAM is a decent start too - your hardware will be plenty to play around with.

(Edit: I started my post before the one above me - obviously I was talking about the OP's cpu - as the 2.4GHz cpu above can't be a Willamette)
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Kinda depends whether it's a 3GHz+ power guzzling cpu, or an old Willamette though... (although the 2GB RAM would kinda indicate the former...)

TBH I would be more inclined to use the latter though - most 'server' tasks that you would find useful at home actually require very little cpu, so lower power chips make more sense. You could even underclock it to save money, and you wouldn't notice the difference for many tasks. 2GB RAM is a decent start too - your hardware will be plenty to play around with.

(Edit: I started my post before the one above me - obviously I was talking about the OP's cpu - as the 2.4GHz cpu above can't be a Willamette)
How many people actually bought a Williamette? Those were the wrost processors Intel ever made!
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How many people actually bought a Williamette? Those were the wrost processors Intel ever made!
Hey I had a Williamette 1.5GHz for a while - it was paired up with PC133 SDRAM. A full 1.5GB worth! 3x512MB. For a while, it was running Server 2003 with Exchange 2003 Enterprise installed. Oh, and an IDE RAID-1 array running on an Adaptec 1200A IDE RAID card.
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Recently, two things have come into my possession. A copy of Windows Server 2008 R2, and a P4 Dell PC with two GB of RAM. The Dell I have no use for except to put Server 2008 on it and learn how to use it. I'd like to make it a personal email and web server. I have never built either of those from the ground up, but would really like to for my own knowledge. Being that neither my website, nor email will be heavily trafficked, do you think this would be worth doing on that system?

Just a heads up, Windows Server 2008 R2 is available ONLY in 64-bit - it won't install if the processor you have in the Dell lacks the x64 instruction set. Just a heads up in case you do get that nasty error message that comes up...

I won't assume that your processor has the 64-bit instruction set, since I have an old P4-3.4GHz S478 processor that *lacks* the x64 instruction set, so it's stuck running Server 2003 x32 Enterprise. I refuse to install 2008 (Non-R2) on it because that's a slow OS . Otherwise, right now, it's a speedy little demon that runs all my systems & network management applications.
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