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I've been thinking about adding a rack mount server to the my home network for a little while. I'm looking for some suggestions on the right equipment for what I want to do. I'm not going to deploy this in a production environment so I don't care if my cpu cycles are high, I can live with an older equipment.

The functional roll would be to deploy a ESIX server with:
  • Server 2008
  • Ubuntu Server
  • Dynagen/Dynamips server

8gig + memory plus capacity
support for single or dual 4port nic cards.

And that's about it. I don't really care about redundancy, hard drive space. I'm just looking to put this on my rack and clean thing up a little. Any suggestions on which models I should consider or any tips will greatly help me narrow this down.
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The 2950 is an older 2U machine. Mine has 2x E5335's and 8gb. Runs fine and is mainly a test rig for OS's, Sharepoint and other projects.

The 1950's are also nice and are 1U. I may even have a couple sitting in my stock room.
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They can be 2u. My current 12u rack is pegged and I'm getting a 28u, which I should have got in the first place.

I looked at the 2950's they looked fine. It's for a testing and study only setup, just don't know squat about servers..
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If you want a newer server then you could go with a Poweredge 210 (lowest end rack mountable server) and try it as is, or toss in a faster LGA 1156 chip (it comes with a 2.26 ghz I3 based Celeron).

If you want to go with the older and cheaper option, then I just checked the VMware compatibility list, and the 1850, 1950, 2950's are all on the list for the newest ESXi 4.1 install.

Here is a link to the vmware hardware compatibility wizard.
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Cheaper for sure. I didn't really want to spend more then a couple hundred. I'm wanting to get an apc masterswitch and a new rack so I'm trying to keep the overall cost relatively affordable
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Cheaper for sure. I didn't really want to spend more then a couple hundred. I'm wanting to get an apc masterswitch and a new rack so I'm trying to keep the overall cost relatively affordable

You can always save some money by going with the Lackrack. cool.gif

Your best bet would be to check out Craigslist and see if anything looks good and if that nice looking server is on the VMware compatibility list. Most anything is supported; the big requirement is that the server's CPU's are 64 bit and not 32 bit only. I think 3.5 allows for 32 bit servers, but 4.1 is 64 bit only (though with a 4GB RAM limit 32 bit is very limited for VM hosting).
    
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Wow, that's funny.. I wouldn't ever buy that.. smile.gif
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Wow, that's funny.. I wouldn't ever buy that.. smile.gif

We laugh about it, but I bet at least one cheapskate server admin has 8-24U worth of lackracks in his server room! rolleyes.gif

Heck, I knew of a net admin that had a 2U in his office server storing personnel records, and it was plugged straight into the wall (not on a UPS or power strip), and many times I would see him keeping his coffee mug and other stuff on it!
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We laugh about it, but I bet at least one cheapskate server admin has 8-24U worth of lackracks in his server room! rolleyes.gif

Heck, I knew of a net admin that had a 2U in his office server storing personnel records, and it was plugged straight into the wall (not on a UPS or power strip), and many times I would see him keeping his coffee mug and other stuff on it!

lol!

My first personal rack was made out of 2x4's... Held about 24U.

My second one was an SGI rack which was about 7' tall and I barely used it. Now I have a desk that has rackmounts and I am almost full...



I run my servers without a UPS. I do use a surge suppressor though.
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Keep an eye on Dell Outlet... you can occasionally come across some really good deals there...

What's your budget? Couple hundred = ...? ~$750? tongue.gif
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