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Uber Geek

  #484319 22-Jun-2011 12:31
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Now this is something of great interest to me, having started working towards more server type stuff in my role.

This would help me out no end, currently have a p4 desktop/tower as my server, which is at the moment making loud and strange noises and runs like a 3 legged dog on a good day.

The P4 was a hand me down from work, the joys of having a family/budget :-)


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Ultimate Geek

  #484331 22-Jun-2011 12:44
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Having ProLiant MicroServer in my home office will be a solid and cost effective platform for storing huge amount of data in a single box which makes very little noise while consuming very little energy the same time.

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  #484339 22-Jun-2011 12:52
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Must be about time for an upgrade LOL!  (this is not actually my computer!)

Old PC

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Master Geek

  #484344 22-Jun-2011 13:02
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I have an HP DC7100 P4 tower, and some old Compaq Deskpro P3 systems!

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Master Geek

  #484347 22-Jun-2011 13:06
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I want one of these to replace my home-built server as my server is built from quality hardware (Intel motherboard, etc.) but it's just too big for what it does.

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Master Geek

  #484349 22-Jun-2011 13:08
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not a fancy setup..  a couple of usb hard drives installed at the back of my system.  all of our pictures and files are in different pcs so a server would really help clean that mess.

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  #484364 22-Jun-2011 13:50
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As per my current thread, our NAS devise has fried leaving us with perfectly good drives and data but no enclosure to read them. Could do with something a little better ...

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Wannabe Geek

  #484382 22-Jun-2011 14:13
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My "server" consists of a Wester Digital MyBook World 1TB NAS with a Western Digital 1GB Essentials USB drive as a backup. I also have a 2TB and 1TB Hitachi USB drives that I share when my laptop is on. I'd put the microserver in my workshop and clean up the mess. (Can't post a picture because I don't have enough posts?)

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Uber Geek
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  #484387 22-Jun-2011 14:17
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I need a server so my 4 external HDDs aren't plugged into my laptop! (which has no screen) :D

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Uber Geek


  #484389 22-Jun-2011 14:18
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My current HP DL360G3 doesn't even support USB2.0.

Please sir, may I have a new one?

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Wannabe Geek

  #484393 22-Jun-2011 14:28
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I have a desktop system that was once my primary PC. A laptop and iPad later and it has turned into a file server, effectively. This would give me a dedicated box to hold all my media and operate as a central hub for my home setup. If it fits in, it may even end up in my living room.

My current

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Master Geek

  #484396 22-Jun-2011 14:31
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If I won this server I would upgrade my current rig (see photo below). Its my media pc slash video and music server.

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Wannabe Geek

  #484397 22-Jun-2011 14:32
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I'm not kidding, that's a HP Pentium II 500Mhz.  This is a testament to HP reliability.  Running Ubuntu 7.10, Samba, and Amanda.  This baby handles our home businesses file server and backup server needs.  Oh yes, space is a premium.  Do we need to upgrade this with a current machine?  Hell yes!

HP Pentium II 500Mhz

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  #484417 22-Jun-2011 14:57
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At present I am running in the Man Cave a HP DL 380 G5 as a ESX server 24/7 and the power bill is killing me.

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Master Geek
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  #484419 22-Jun-2011 14:58
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My current home server is a HP Pavilion laptop with two external drives hidden under the desk. The laptop has served me well over the past four years, no complaints. But I feel that the multitude of extra tasks I have given it is not fair.

- Also acts as HTPC, playing movies, tv shows and the occasional radio show.
- FTP server, VNC server and all large batch jobs and code compiles.
- While I'm at work I regulary login and queue more tasks.
- The girlfriend plays TVNZ / TV 3 shows that she has missed.
- Radio shows and podcasts are split and uploaded to our mobiles for listening on public transport.
- Charging all USB capable gadgets.

If I was to win, the HP Proliant Microserver have four hard drives inserted into it at a great rate of knots and would take on all the server related tasks. While the official specs only appear to support Red Hat linux, I would likely have Debian running smoothly on this machine three hours after opening its box.

On the other hand, my HP Pavilion would have the honorable role of HTPC.

My "server"

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