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EsquireTech

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I recently ran cat5e throughout my house and would now like to get started on a server build. I want to see if I can get pfsense set up and also plan to set up a LAMP stack to run a web server for some Drupal development work and at some point set up WHS (probably 2011) for starters.

 

Initially I planned to just build a mini itx box to use as a pfsense router. I would prefer to locate the router and webserver in the utility room where all the cable now terminates. Space limitations dictate some type of small form factor setup and I want it the 24/7 hardware to be fairly energy efficient.

 

After reading the pfsense router thread where accountant_geek discussed his xenserver setup it got me thinking. Rather than dedicating a mini itx system to router duty, it seems reasonable to spend just a little more and put together a micro atx box with a Pentium or even i3 to run xenserver or ESXi. Then I could virtualize pfsense, a webserver, and play around with untangle all on the same box.

 

I know that many people like to keep the router hardware independent but the virtualization approach is appealing to me.

 

Here is some hardware I'm considering. Is this gear about right for the goals I described above? It tally's up to about $450. I would like to come in under $400 but I don't want to go larger than a micro atx mini tower and would like to be as energy efficient as possible.

 

Case: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005LIDU5S/ref=aw_ls__1?colid=3D24IGLPXTKIO&coliid=I2TG0PK5ACDEHU

 

 

Motherboard: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008DYLWUW/ref=aw_ls__2?colid=3D24IGLPXTKIO&coliid=I30NL5O8AZ3Z3T

 

CPU: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0093H8HXS/ref=pd_aw_sims_1?pi=SL500_SS115

 

RAM: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001R4BT1M/ref=aw_ls__4?colid=3D24IGLPXTKIO&coliid=ID4NMU3X2J994

 

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151086

 

NIC: Intel PRO/1000 Pt Dual Port Server AdaptSY165

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000BMZHX2/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1380297006&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX110_SY165

 

Drive: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00E3W15P0/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?qid=1380297259&sr=8-6&pi=AC_SX110_SY165

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I don't see anything wrong with the hardware, but I'm wondering if a MicroServer would suit your needs. Perhaps the CPU is a bit less than you would want though; not sure.

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EsquireTech

Ikon,

Thanks. I guess I am getting into about the same price range as a microserver. I think I will spend some more time investigating my options.

 

ET

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Hardware needs are based on what you plan to do.  based on the fact you do some web development, I'd stick with the i3.

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Drashna Jaelre

Well, to be honest, somebody said "SQL" and dynamic content, and that's what really did it it. :)

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EsquireTech

I decided to hold off on the beefier server build for now. I bought one of the D2500 atom boards with dual Intel nics to use as a pfsense router. The HP N54L/Rocketstor Newegg combo offer posted by JMiner was just too good to pass up on.

 

ET

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Well, to be honest, somebody said "SQL" and dynamic content, and that's what really did it it. :)

 

SQL Server has become something of a beast, hasn't it? ;)

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