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AMD X4 630
MSI 785G
8GB DDR3 1600
1x250GB
1x750GB
Server 2008 R2

And I suppose pics to come when I Get home

Full SCCM 2007 setup.
Full Application virtualization setup.




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I converted an old Gateway laptop into my server... didn't cost me anything, low power usage, compact form factor, built-in uninterruptible power supply (the battery), and it has a built-in screen for when I need physical access to it. Thus it's perfect for a small server.


(Click for full. Please pardon the low quality of the photo.)

Specs:
OS: Windows Server 2003
CPU: Intel Pentium M @ 1.6 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
HDD: 40GB

I access it via RDP (Remote Desktop) most of the time, and I've even forwarded it through the router so I can access it outside the house.

My primary uses for it are:

File server, obviously for storing files on the network. I set it up with user-level access control, so every user in the house can access only their files; some folders are readable/writable by all users, while others are read-only, and still others are completely inaccessible to all but the authorized users.

Download and upload server. Instead of leaving my sig rig on all night, I delegate the downloads and uploads of large files to the server (i.e. downloading a Linux image, uploading a YouTube video, or uploading my off-site backup).

Demo server via RDP. I haven't made serious use of this yet, but let's say I design a website for a client and I want them to preview it while minimizing the chance of them stealing the design without paying. I will temporarily create a restricted account for them on the server, and will watch them via Windows Server 2003's "Remote Control" feature. This also works for giving demos of any software I write.

Mini web/HTTP server. No, I don't host my blog on it, but I do have an intranet site for the house as well as an internet-accessible site where I post files I want to send to people. Since Pidgin (my IM client) regularly fails to upload a file I'm sharing with a friend, I just put it on the server and give them a link to it.

Folding rig? I thought of making this into a folding rig, since it's basically on 24/7, but I don't know how practical it would be. A modest GPU can fold considerably better than this machine. What are your thoughts on this?

I would have set up a print server, but since we have an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier, this would not work. I also thought about setting up a domain controller, but decided against it because it would likely drive my family crazy.
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@nookkin the laptop server seems like a good idea, however, you won't be able to store much data internally...
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Yeah, 40GB isn't much, but I can always a) upgrade the internal drive to something bigger or b) add a USB-powered external hard drive.

Of course, a laptop isn't the best idea for a serious server, simply because it was never designed to be under so much stress. That's why you'd need to buy server-grade SCSI/SAS drives, ECC/buffered RAM, etc. if you wanted something to run an office building's Active Directory, for example.
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I mean it is a good idea for low stress, home use.
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It's just a silly little media server I made. Was fiddling around with it, got bored and decided that I would enjoy getting to stream my music everywhere. Used LAMP for it, seemed pretty easy. I was following a tutorial online, and some of the commands were broken/outdated or he was missing info. So I created my own for other people to use (finding that guide took about two days worth of searching to find it).
Right now it's out of commission... Didn't feel like updating the DNS address so now it's gone for a while. The backlight is busted so I need to hook it up to an external monitor to see what I'm doing as well. Don't feel like sinking the cash into it to make it work nice, as I got it for free because of the backlight not working. Just for funsies and so I can get my music wherever
Going to try to use a Server Edition later on to make it much better... The GUI just rapes it.
Also want to keep it in my basement connected to my hardline... But I don't want to have to go all the way downstairs with a monitor to refresh the damn thing. Oh well, not everything can be amazingly easy.

OS: Ubuntu Linux 9.04 Desktop Edition. Looking to retry with the Server Edition though.
Case: Just a laptop case
CPU: It's a mobile CPU... Dual Core... Thinking it's about 1.6GHz?
Motherboard: Stock Dell board.
Cooling: Stock fans.
Memory: About 1 gig if I remember correctly... Can't check right now though.
PSU:Umm...
HDD: 30GB when unformatted. About 25 gigs left after the OS. Just enough for my music!
Server maker: Dell

(What you use it for Ex: Print server, backups, file server, etc.)
Media server.
( If you have temps/ loudness / etc. thay should be posted HERE)
Very quiet. Although it does get quite hot.
(do you have any additional software that you use?)
Just Linux/Apache/MySQL/Python, as well as DynDNS for internet access. I use another program to get it going, but I forget what it's called



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Yeah, 40GB isn't much, but I can always a) upgrade the internal drive to something bigger or b) add a USB-powered external hard drive.

Of course, a laptop isn't the best idea for a serious server, simply because it was never designed to be under so much stress. That's why you'd need to buy server-grade SCSI/SAS drives, ECC/buffered RAM, etc. if you wanted something to run an office building's Active Directory, for example.
Add in a second NIC and you could use the system as an iSCSI front-end with an iSCSI SAN....
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or add a couple of eSATA ports via the PC Card slot and run a few 2TB drives directly. If you currently manage with 40GB, 4TB should see you ok for the foreseeable...
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What happened to all the specs and pics?
Sorry, thought the thread had died. Was really sad to because I really like it!!! Will repost in a few hours.

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Unknown. I live in a condo and the electrical bill is included in the monthly management/maintenance fees, which includes electricity, water, air-con/heat, & digital cable-TV.
Jerk... (j/k)

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So......................... Clean.............................?!

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Subbed. Just wait until I get home ...
tick tock tick tock.

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Also, all the little lap top file storage systems look great! Great idea!
    
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well here is mine....i macgyvered it so done laugh xD

its a old compaq case and prapiatary psu.

Specs:
Atom 230 intel d945gclf
200gig wd pata hdd
200gig maxtor pata hdd
640gig seagate 7200.11 sata
1gig of generic ram
win7 OS

i manely use it for network storage and backups. i have tried running a l4d and a vent/team speak servers on it but my internet connection sucks major monkey balls.
all in all i like it. just need to upgrade it to 2gigs of ram some day. never had any problems and if you look closely i used a molex connector for the 4 pin power plug.

oo and BTW that is a win ME key on the front.



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