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Cheap Servers

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jackd, May 28, 2006.

  1. jackd

    jackd Megabyte Poster

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    Does anyone know any places where i could get a cheap server. Ive had a look on ebay and the prices + postage seem to be very high on them.

    Jack
     
  2. The_Geek

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    Ask friends and maybe coworkers.

    I asked a few people at church if their companies donate old machines to non-profitable organizations. I now have 2 W2K servers on the way, both with Raid-5 installed.
     
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  3. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    You could get a brand new Dell server - (SC054301) Dell PowerEdge SC430 SATA for £199.00 (ex vat and delivery).

    That's pretty stripped down, with no OS or warranty, but it's a brand new Dell server.

    It all depends on what you are really looking for. A cheap PC that you can install a server class OS on? There is nothing wrong in doing that, it's what I did for part of my home test setup. Bought an Asus Terminator barebones system, added a few parts, I had a full working system for around about £100. It's not quite as powerful as the Xeon's and Dual core Pentium D servers I use at work, but it's enough to work well as a DC in my test environment.
     
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  4. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Modey,

    Got any links for the Dell stuff mate?
     
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  5. Jakamoko
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    Jack - what is this server going to be doing ? Theoretically, a pretty low spec machine could run a server OS, so if you mean to take a cert, then you could do it very cheaply. Or are you planning on running a web, mail and file server, or a domain controller - even Exchange, SQL or ISA maybe ? In these cases you would be looking at a lot more grunt for a decent performance.

    As always, a bit more info will let us help you a little better :)
     
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  6. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    Sure thing, link here.

    That was just from following www.dell.co.uk, small businesses, servers ...

    Heh, just customised that SC430 and added every optional extra possible, maxed every piece of hardware, £199 becomes £4368 ex vat and delivery. :)
     
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  7. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    thanks Modey. I am still toying with the idea of setting up a *real* test network in the house. The only drawback being space.
    Have started to use Virtual PC, but would like a *real* server with 2 domain controllers....
     
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  8. jackd

    jackd Megabyte Poster

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    Im looking for a server thats about low spec just so it can be paired up with my other dc. So not asking for much.
     
  9. Sandy

    Sandy Ex-Member

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    First question - what are you using the server for?

    If it is for home study any PC will do

    If it is for a work production server buy the best you can afford.
     

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