Virtualize Servers – Update

June 13th, 2009 | Category: Tech Talk

So sadly my post yesterday has become a failed attempt. It turns out XenServer is x64 only and ESXI cant for what ever reasion read my drives. So the only option left that I know of is to run vmware workstation  inside windows and that does me no good what so ever. I am gonna look for some more programs to run on it that would do exactly what I want to do. I will let you guys know if I find anything :)

-Tracker

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Virtualize Servers – Intro

June 12th, 2009 | Category: linux,Microsoft,Pc Mods,Tech Talk,Windows

Ok so here is the deal. A while back I bought those servers if you recall and now I am going to use one of them! For a few months now I have had this old p4 computer sitting next to my desk running a home webserver along with my pbx phone system for my work line. Well it idles most of the time and really is not that powerful and just uses up power and space and does not get much use. So I am going to start testing a couple different virtualization applications and see what one is the best solution for what I am going to be doing. The ones I intend to test as of right now are XenServer and vmware ESXi.

The Hardware!

Dual Processor AMD Athlon 2GHz

3gb ram

2x80GB Drives

1x250GB Drive

2u Rackmount form factor

The Plan

Run my home webserver phone pbx and a few other applications within multiple operating systems within the single server. This will allow me to run both windows and linux along side each other while still having decent performance for what ever applications I may need to run.

Long story short look for my upcoming venture into the virtual server world as I try and get this server to function on a task that it was not intended to perform

-Tracker

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New Dev Servers!

April 27th, 2009 | Category: News,Tech Talk

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Ok so a friend of mine posted a thread on FWS about selling some of his old servers that he had colocated in the US [he is from the UK]. The servers although not that powerful were super cheap and I could not resist getting them. Now you may be asking yourself one of 2 things.

  1. What is the use of 2 more computers that you have
  2. Why the fuck do I care.

To answer #1 these new servers can be used to demonistrate many different tips tricks and mods that can be done. Such as home VPN servers, Media servers, Home Web Servers, Proxy Servers, Clustered computing,…ect..ect..ect..ect.

To answer #2 it will allow me to get mods done on a topic that everyone can do. I mean come on we all have that old closet pc that does nothing right?

The new servers specs are as follows.

  • Dual AMD 2800+
    2GB of Ram
    250GB HDD
  • Buzz – 301
    Dual AMD 2000
    3GB of Ram
    2x 80GB HDD

*Both are rackmount servers not normal mid tower pc’s*

Not the best but about average for your home closet pc. Now I am going to be able to show different things on a whole range of different hardware. Because on top of those 2 I also have some other hardware that I will be able to use.

  • P4 2.4 Ghz
    1gb ram
    120gb harddrive
    *Tower*
  • P4 3.2Ghz HT
    NEEDS RAM
    250gb HardDrive
    *Tower*
  • P3 650Mhz
    512MB Ram
    20gb HardDrive
    *RackMount*
  • Dual P3 800Mhz
    1GB Ram
    2x 9.8GB SCSI Drive
    *RackMount*

So I have hardware in a range of ram and processor configurations not to mention the ability to run anything in a VM on this wonderful Phenom I have :).

As of right now the servers are still in a holding position. They should get shipped out sometime today from the datacenter and if they do get shipped today on time then they will arrive to me on the 29th. Then I get the fun task of getting all of the computers on the same network playing nice and not sounding like a jet is sitting in my office area. Pictures soon!

-Tracker

[I am taking ideas for stuff to do with this hardware other than trash it. Submit them to me HERE]

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