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So, I've recently come into possession of an old Dell Poweredge 2650 server. It's an ancient monster, with dual P4 era 1.8GHz (IIRC) Xeons, dual 36GB SCSI drives, and a whopping 1GB of DDR1 ECC RAM.

Alright, now for the question: What should I do with it? I've already got a P4 HT running my Untangle router, and my experimenting server is running a Pentium D, so what should I do with it? I'm open to any suggestions, be it an FTP server all the way to a GMod server, just shout out biggrin.gif

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I personally would run malware on it just for fun or for observing and interest.
Edited by XxRZxX - 3/15/11 at 9:31pm
    
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I personally would run malware on it just for run or for observing and interest.

That is an awesome idea. I'll probably do this on my old P4 rig now. biggrin.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by XxRZxX;12749450 
I personally would run malware on it just for run or for observing and interest.

Worst suggestion ever?

GMOD! GMOD! GMOD! yessir.gifyessir.gifyessir.gif
 
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Worst suggestion ever?

GMOD! GMOD! GMOD! yessir.gifyessir.gifyessir.gif

What's so bad about that suggestion? Anyone should logically know that malware is bad and should only observe it if they know what their doing. Also I said personally. proof.gif
    
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It might be because I'm so into virtualization right now but I would figure out some way to run VMs on it. Probably no VT-x so your options would be limited (VirtualBox and older version of other VMs).

Too bad about the memory though. Lots of little VMs perhaps. One for PxE, one for FTP, one for web, one for experiments and "other"...

And/or a minecraft server? smile.gif
 
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post #7 of 17
You can install ESXi 3.5 on it, and hide it in a closet. Now everytime you want to test something you don't need to be at the physical machine.
Then theres the router/untangle option, PFSense, Astaro Security Gateway
Gameserver
Fileserver/backup server
Domain controller
NAS/SAN
iSCSI target for your test server
    
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I have a Poweredge 2800 with dual xeon's in the backseat of my truck as I type....

Has a bad HD... Have no clue what to do with it..
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How bad is the hard drive? Does the BIOS or whatever it has see it at all? Have you run any utilities on it like SpinRite?

I assume you could boot some OSes from USB and play with it if you don't want to buy a new HDD. Probably SCSI? I don't know if anybody ever figured out how to do that Folding stuff from a live boot off CD/USB.
 
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I'm guessing Ultra320 SCSI. If you didn't live on the other side of the world I'd send you one...
    
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