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I just ordered a T110. It's my first server. Any good advice?

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I was thinking about buying a T110 or T310 home server from Dell and decided on getting the T110. Hopefully there isn't too much difference between the two except the chassis.

My coworker recommended loading VMWARE ESXi on there and then loading Server OS from there.

Is this the best thing to do? Any OS's to use in general?

I was looking to use my server for

Organizing Files
Server that an HTPC can pull files from to play
Practice on Unix, Linux, Windows as an Administrator so that I have more skills for my resume. Like Red Hat.
Possibly have an iTunes repository that keeps my library if that's possible?
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Originally Posted by Trojita View Post
I was thinking about buying a T110 or T310 home server from Dell and decided on getting the T110. Hopefully there isn't too much difference between the two except the chassis.

My coworker recommended loading VMWARE ESXi on there and then loading Server OS from there.

Is this the best thing to do? Any OS's to use in general?

I was looking to use my server for

Organizing Files
Server that an HTPC can pull files from to play
Practice on Unix, Linux, Windows as an Administrator so that I have more skills for my resume. Like Red Hat.
Possibly have an iTunes repository that keeps my library if that's possible?
What specs? If you have less than 8GB of RAM, no point loading ESXi.

Also, ESXi has specific hardware support. It does not support any of the RAID controllers that come stock with the T110 as they are all Firmware-RAID cards and not true hardware RAID cards. Not saying it can't be done, but depends on your specs.

T310 has the option of H200 and H700 RAID controllers, redundant power supplies, etc.
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Depends on how much you're spending, but honestly I'd hit eBay and build the thing myself. For the uses you envision, I'd base it around a Socket 775-era motherboard, a quad-core CPU and at least 8GB of RAM. Make sure the CPU supports VT-d.

Do you really need support from Dell?
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Depends on how much you're spending, but honestly I'd hit eBay and build the thing myself. For the uses you envision, I'd base it around a Socket 775-era motherboard, a quad-core CPU and at least 8GB of RAM. Make sure the CPU supports VT-d.

Do you really need support from Dell?
Heck yes! For the RAM

Actually I'd go for a first-gen Core i5 or i7 quad-core whitebox, if I was building it myself... after I checked VMWare ESXi whitebox HCL.
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What specs? If you have less than 8GB of RAM, no point loading ESXi.

Also, ESXi has specific hardware support. It does not support any of the RAID controllers that come stock with the T110 as they are all Firmware-RAID cards and not true hardware RAID cards. Not saying it can't be done, but depends on your specs.

T310 has the option of H200 and H700 RAID controllers, redundant power supplies, etc.
X3440 Xeon Processor, 2.53 GHz8M Cache, Turbo, HT
2GB Memory
250GB Hard Drive

That's basically it. It costs around $440 with tax.

I was planning on buying 4gb of Corsair ECC ram from Corsair for $80 and buying a bigger hard drive.
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What specs? If you have less than 8GB of RAM, no point loading ESXi.
I beg to disagree, I've run two VM's on ESX at the same time, and that was on a 768 MB RAM machine (Running PFSense and Debian).

I would throw FreeNAS on it, though that won't be great for actually learning unix/linux. In that case, ESXi would be a nice option, and you run FreeNAS and your linux distro of choice in a virtual environment.
    
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I beg to disagree, I've run two VM's on ESX at the same time, and that was on a 768 MB RAM machine (Running PFSense and Debian).

I would throw FreeNAS on it, though that won't be great for actually learning unix/linux. In that case, ESXi would be a nice option, and you run FreeNAS and your linux distro of choice in a virtual environment.
Fine, if you're running low-memory Linux guests, you can get by with less than 8GB. If you want to run any kind of complex Windows environment, you should get at least 8GB.

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Originally Posted by Trojita View Post
X3440 Xeon Processor, 2.53 GHz8M Cache, Turbo, HT
2GB Memory
250GB Hard Drive

That's basically it. It costs around $440 with tax.

I was planning on buying 4gb of Corsair ECC ram from Corsair for $80 and buying a bigger hard drive.
6GB of RAM will give you some flexibility. Running multiple VMs off of single-HDDs should only be considered if your VMs have low I/O requirements.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
PERC6-RAID50 Intel 730 480GB Intel 320 300GB Synology DS414 iSCSI SAN 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
VMWare vSphere5 Enterprise Plus Dell iDRAC6 Remote Management [KVM-Over-IP] Dell iDRAC6 KVM Dell Hot-Swap Redundant 1100W 
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