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  #485364 24-Jun-2011 11:21
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My current server combo is an old MacBook attached to a modded Asus RT-N16 router with USB/SMB support & a 1TB drive plugged into it & there's a Cisco ATA-186 VoIP->POTS convertor hanging off the side for SIP support.

A decent micro-server would be lovely as an alternative, I can't quite justify using an old DL-380G4 that I could scrounge at home, the WAF would be out the window :) - Running a single small unit that combines 2 or 3 of the other components would make management much happier, and as a by-product, would make my life less stressful.


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  #485449 24-Jun-2011 13:10
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Wow this would be fantastic and supplement my existing Openfiler NAS running on a Tranquil PC BBS (4Tb).  Excellent please pick me.

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  #485455 24-Jun-2011 13:17
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Just thought I'd add a pic of my current NAS/server, which would be turned into a FreeNAS SAN in case I got this microserver. :)

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  #485474 24-Jun-2011 13:59
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Current Server

My current HP server.. a venerable ML330 G3, which is way past its use by date. Not to mention its a bit nekkid at the moment :-)

The main reason moving to a new server would benefit me would be the ability to move to 64-bit and start virtualizing Server 2k8 R2. This would benefit my training regime, and also make me happy in the pants..

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  #485672 25-Jun-2011 09:16
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  #485692 25-Jun-2011 10:08
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My current server lives (unloved) in the garage as it's too noisy to have inside, an upgrade would be helpful and maybe allow me to bring it in from the cold.

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  #485757 25-Jun-2011 14:23
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I work out of my garage, and my two development "servers" comprise of a Pentium 3 800MHz box (top one in photo) running apache, and the bottom box is a Athlon64 3500+ running MySQL. They're noisy and don't really go that fast.

It would be nice to have a real server, and I might actually be allowed to move back into the house if I have something small, quiet and not looking like it was designed after an old nokia phone...

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  #485760 25-Jun-2011 14:28
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We have a very noisy 8 year old Gigabyte rack Server that annoys "a noise" everyone in the office so it would be great to have something that is newer and quieter.

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  #485884 25-Jun-2011 20:11
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We don't have a server, so I can't post a photo Frown
 At preset, all of our files are scattered between our external HDD, our 7 year old desktop and my netbook.

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  #485942 26-Jun-2011 02:05
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Aging Thermaltake tower HTPC needs replacing, Intel Core Duo 2.2 Ghz, 2GB Ram, 2+TB disk Vista Ultimate running WHS as VM via VirtualBox (yup, it works).Blue beast


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  #485943 26-Jun-2011 02:11
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I haven't missed not having a home server after having seven in recent years. Five of them were HP/Compaq so I'm getting the itch to have one again.

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  #486259 27-Jun-2011 02:00
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So there are many computers in my house so it would be very nice to have a central server to store all files between them. Having a dedicated server computer would also allow me to host many web services which I hope to soon.

Oh and here's my rig. Built and upgraded slowly over 6 years, replacing/adding possibly a single component each year.
CPU was Low end Pentium 4 -> now Core 2 Quad

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  #486434 27-Jun-2011 14:28
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My Server... Well i don't have a true server. but i do have one computer thayt sits upside down (pictured) for cooling reasons. its a cheap and nasty case with any spare drives and components i could find. Then i have an array of other computers and laptops that get turned on for various uses such as web services and asterisk. I really could make use of one box that could do it all.


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  #486773 28-Jun-2011 10:44
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I don't have a server, so would have to ask my son if it's worthwhile having one.


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#486783 28-Jun-2011 11:15
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My server is laughable however it does what's required of it.

It runs Fedora and hosts a Apache server (around 700,000 hits a month), mySQL and Postfix server  all on a PIII 933Mhz with 512MB of ram lol

I think a new server would benefit me because anything would be better than what I have now lol. Should be able to decrease load times and host more on the one server. ie media and more websites   


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