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avatar rufee 22nd July 2014, 08:13 AM

Time to expand.
My usual way of getting machines was either through people i know or ebay which is a rare and quite expensive occasion. So i decided to look in the local ad's (something like craigslist ?) what i usually avoided doing for some reasons.
So i searched about and found this for cheap:

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(Sorry for low quality pics, took these with my crappy phone at work)
Anyway, its a Dell PowerEdge 2950 in a great condition. I wasn't such a big Dell fan, giving prior experience with their custom connectors and weird issues, but this thing is insane.

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You can literally take this apart with just your hands, everything is held in place by tabs (blue color for removable, orange for hot-swap).

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Its got an Intel Xeon quad core (socket 771, can't remember the model though), 4gb of pointless fully buffered memory :( This thing is subject for another cpu and more ram. Also it sounds like a jet plane when it starts up, so fans will have to be replaced when this goes to the basement :)

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Both PSU's are still there and working, 750w each and its said they are power hungry so im planning on running just one since anyway the power at the basement is crap anyway who needs 2 psu's ? :D
It also came with 2x73gb and 2x300gb 15k rpm SAS drives.

The next buy for the "datacenter" is a UPS and i spy some cheap APC ones as well (grin)


avatar Striker says: 22nd July 2014, 16:29 PM
Do you plan on installing some solar power or something to make this datacenter powerline-independent?

Also, I will ask again, is this just for your hobby? Because the costs of maintaining a home server seeem way higher than buying something online...
avatar rufee says: 22nd July 2014, 18:37 PM
Maybe someday, panels would probably be stolen from the roof after a while, its a flat building after all :)

Its sort of a hobby at this point, i work as a systems admin so i touch these kind of machines on a daily basis, i apply what i learn at work there and what i learn from it at work, you could say its like a test environment, but all of it is in production.
I can obviously rent a server, but i want to have something myself in the long run rather than throwing money at a hosting company and getting nothing back. I do this because power is basically free there (amounts to 1$ per month), the running costs are lower than the cheapest dedicated server i could rent.
avatar Captain Terror says: 22nd July 2014, 21:16 PM
Very cool shit, I would love to do something like this someday... Also the solar panels =)
avatar DiscoStu says: 23rd July 2014, 00:05 AM
The difference is that online services normally include backups and redundancy and stuff.
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