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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zxspectrum, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Im looking to buy a server, to fiddle with, but i dont know what to look for??? At first ill tinker with it, seeing what it can do and also what i can leanr from it. Then maybe later on id probably like to run a site on it. The whole reason for this is to get some experience of servers, as i have none.

    Any ideas, id probably run apache on it as its free, and rather common.

    Ed
     
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  2. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    I would recommend the following:

    1 x HP ProLiant ML115 G5 - AMD Opteron 1354 2.2GHz 1GB 160GB DVDROM Gb LAN Micro Tower - No OS £179.70 + VAT
    2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II Hard Drive 3.5" Internal 7200rpm Buffer 16MB (RAID 1) £32.25 + VAT
    4 x Kingston ValueRAM 2GB DDR2-800MHz PC2-6400 240-Pin Unbuffered-ECC Memory Module £36.50 + VAT

    All in for £390.20 + VAT & Delivery from Redstore.com (I think the true total is under £470)

    You then can use this to run Windows Server 2008 Hyper V or VMware ESXi.

    Flexibility for studying with some decent performance
     
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  3. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    What Craigie said. Loads of us on here have got ML110's or ML115's. Perfect for home labs.

    When you say you don't know what for??? Could you not just ask your employer if you could get involved with their servers more? A secondment or even a day a week with the server team, something like that.

    If you aren't sure what you'd need a server at home for I'd suggest you do a search for ML115 on here and see what we are all saying we're doing with ours before parting with your hard earned cash.

    If you still want a new server the one Craigie says above is pretty similar to mine and runs great but to save some cash have a look for ML110's on ebay as they should be cheaper and for what you need, more than enough.

    Cheers
    Jim
     
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  4. Dubfire

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    Good choice my man.

    Very, very close to taking the plunge and doing for this package. Would you also recommend buying a RAID card? Whats the performance like with this spec, which OS's have you intalled on this box?

    Plus do you think this is the better option than just plumping for a high spec Desktop/laptop and sticking Virtual PC/Server on it?

    Mark
     
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  5. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    I'm using the oboard RAID controller. My main OS is Server 2008 64 Bit Enterprise Edition, but I have tried ESXi 4.0 which also works a treat.

    It has the flexibility to work with VMware and Hyper V so you have the choice for studying.

    I think it is the best all rounder.
     
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  6. Dubfire

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    Cheers, think I'll stick with the onboard RAID then.

    I'll probably stick 2003 on it as I dont have a full copy of 2008 (yet...). And ill stick VMware on it, very handy having the USB slot to boot from...What limitations does ESXi 4.0 have and why is it the de-facto over virtual Server/PC?
     
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  7. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    You realise that if you are putting windows server on the machine (either a trial version or purchasing a version) then IIS is free with it. None of the common web server components actually cost money.
     
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  8. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Actually I believe that the Hyper V server is free (it's the Core based version of the OS rather than GUI but it gives you the HyperVisor which is all you really need rather than full blown 2008).

    As a side note, it's always worth spending out on a Technet subscription, £200 for all of the MS Products is well worth it in my opinion.
     
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  9. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    Is it ALL of MS products??? I had a cursory look at what they offered and as far as OSs went I only saw vista and W7. Maybe I missed something though: as I said, cursory look.
     
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  10. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Every single MS product as far as I can see. I have Win XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003, 2008, R2 and a whole load of other things downloaded.

    Well worth the money every year (and you also get products released there quicker than retail, I had Win 7 installed well before the release date).
     
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