Monday, June 14, 2010

Replacement server[s] + going green.

Looking to replace two machines I've running in my house, one being general server+file server, other being a HTPC.
The server is on 24/7, whereas the HTPC gets suspended when not in use.
Server specs:

  • 2xOpteron 246
  • 3GB memory
  • 7 HDDs (4 RAID, 3 for OS/home/cache -- don't ask how I ended up with 3 for OS etc)
HTPC specs:
  • Dual core Athlon 3400+
  • 4GB memory
  • 32GB SSD
  • NVidia GT220
Replacing the server in two parts.
The first box will be small+quiet, and just do apache, monitoring, logging, pppoe, dhcp, main ssh box etc. I just got this at the end of last week and finished setting it up. It consists of the following:
  • Asus AT3IONT-I Deluxe Fanless Dual Core 1.6GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz Memory
  • 32GB SSD (Corsair X32)
  • Antec ISK-300-65
  • 2x Noctua NF-R8 Case fans
The stock fan with the antec case isn't too quiet, very impressed with the replacement Noctua ones, very quiet. Only one was probably needed.
CPU runs at about 33 Celcius, while motherboard is at 26.
Installed Debian Squeeze, and it's been running since Friday, it's faster than previous server, and runs at about 25W.

Having a separate fileserver so that it doesn't need to stay on all the time - and will still be small/quiet and use relatively low amount of power compared to what I'm using at the moment.
In the late planning stages here, so far what I'm looking at is:
  • Case: Lian-Li PC-Q08
  • Motherboard: Asus AT3IONT-I
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 1033Mhz
  • Noctua NF-S12B FLX
  • Noctua NF-P14 FLX
  • PSU: Nexus Value 430
  • OCZ Vertex 30GB (SSD)
  • Samsung F3 'Green' 2 TB disk
  • Startech USB/eSATA external 2.5/3.5" dock
The case is fairly new to the market, and will take 6x3.5" HDDs, 1x5.25" Drive, and 1x2.5" SSD.
replacing case fans, with quieter Noctua again.
Will need to pickup a PCIe SATA controller, and also get a SATA -> eSATA card for backups.

Not planning to do RAID, instead keep backups - not sure of details yet, but something along lines of label disk, when it's put into eSATA dock udev picks up label, runs backup script, emailing me on completion (with basic info such as free disk space left). So backups should be fairly painless - once I remember to plug a disk in each week.

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