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Anyone Recomend a good small server?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Asterix, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. Asterix

    Asterix Megabyte Poster

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    Hi There,
    I currently have a very large Poweredge 4600 server I was given, due to the size and the power Consumtion of this beast I dont feel that this is really practical to for my MCSA home lab. Really just looking for a SBS server that i can setup as a DC and is small form (Size of desktop unit) and under £200. Can anyone suggest any suitable models that would give me the required performance and not cost the earth? I have looked on Ebay but get confused of the specs i should be looking for.

    Thanks,
    Craig
     
  2. madman045

    madman045 Kilobyte Poster Premium Member

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    If its purely for studying, you cant go wrong with a HP ML115 G5 (Currently £190 + VAT from Serverplus), it takes standard ram and 8GB will be around £60, then put a couple of HDDs in it, maybe ESXi if you want to try your hand at VM'ing you server install and job done.
     
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  3. Asterix

    Asterix Megabyte Poster

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    Sounds good, you have one of these yourself or anyone had any experience with one of these machines?
     
  4. zebulebu

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    I've got four ML110s. Almost the same server - but they were cheaper as I got them EOL prior to them stepping up to G5. Awesome lil boxes - small, expandable and reliable. Had all four up non-stop (save for a couple of power f***-ups on my part) for nearly ten months running OpenFiler on one, ESX on the other three.
     
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  5. Asterix

    Asterix Megabyte Poster

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    Sounds good enough for me for my home server, i will have a butchers on Ebay and online for a ML110/115. Is the only difference between these models the processors?
     
  6. Asterix

    Asterix Megabyte Poster

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    I bought a G5 ML110 in the end for £150 with ram maxed out -> i have just got this setup as a DC and got user authentication on the domain :D, thanks for the recomendations this machine is great, what is the benefit of the ML115 over the ML110? someone at work mentioned that ESXi can only be run on a ML115, is this correct?
     
  7. danielno8

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    ^ well zeb's precious post mentioned he runs 3 ESX boxes on the ML110, unless he has made any hardware change to ccomodate this i'd say it's fine.
     
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  8. zebulebu

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    Don't know about ESXi for certain (I run full-fat ESX) but I think, so long as you're using 3.5u3 or lower, you should be OK. I think they changed the HCL for 3.5u4 and above, so you might want to check that out first.
     
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  9. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Good buy, I got an ML115 G5 and couldn't be happier. 8GB Ram, runs hyper v very well if you want a dabble with that. Good luck with your studies, Jim
     
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  10. Asterix

    Asterix Megabyte Poster

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    Thanks guys, very helpful 8)
     

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