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I'm looking for a cheapish server for my soon to be 'lab', nothing special, but it's to run Windows ...
2nd June 2011, 10:15 PM #1
Cheapish lab server?
I'm looking for a cheapish server for my soon to be 'lab', nothing special, but it's to run Windows Server 2008R2, Exchange, AD and maybe a few other things... Can anyone recommend a decent server which will run all of these for a reasonable price?
2nd June 2011, 10:17 PM #2
Any decent dual core PC will do the job fine if it is a lab server only...production environment server will need to be beefier
2nd June 2011, 10:20 PM #3
At the moment I'm using my laptop now and then which is not ideal as I just don't like the idea of my laptop being on for such long periods of time. Also from what I can understand, server hardware is much more durable.
Originally Posted by nephilim
2nd June 2011, 10:23 PM #4
speak with the guys at @CPLTD in the morning and they might be able to do you a deal on a cheap PC ...whilst server hardware is more durable, if it is just a test environment then add another NIC for good measures
2nd June 2011, 10:26 PM #5
2nd June 2011, 10:29 PM #6
@nephilim I think I'll give that a go soon.
"Purchase your ProLiant Microserver (part code
Originally Posted by j17sparky
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complete this claim form and HP will refund £100"
2nd June 2011, 10:40 PM #7
@TheMan100 if you wanting something second hand I've got a HP ProLiant ML110 G4 with 4Gb of ram and I think a 250Gb hard drive. Drop me a line if it suites you.
2nd June 2011, 10:53 PM #8
I wouldn't mind something 2nd hand as long as it's in good condition. I've PMd you.
Originally Posted by MatthewL
2nd June 2011, 10:55 PM #9
I built my own - Athlon II Dual Core @3.0 ghz, 8Gb DDR3 RAM, ebayed a WD Velociraptor drive and got a cheap case - total cost about £300.
2nd June 2011, 11:19 PM #10
The MicroServer offer has been extended (yet again) until the end of June 2011. eBuyer are linking to the old claim form. The new one is here.
Originally Posted by TheMan100
HP also have a brand new special offer this month on the Xeon X3430 Proliant ML110 G6 (P/N: 585458-035) - £110 cashback! Click here for details or here for the claim form.
After cashback, this server costs £249.94. 8GB RAM would cost an additional £54. I'm quite tempted myself.
Intel Xeon X3430 Quad-Core Processor
1x1GB DDR3 1,333MHz RAM (4 DIMM slots in total / Max: 16GB)
250GB 7,200rpm SATA HDD
1 Year NBD Warranty
5th June 2011, 06:50 PM #11
Exchange needs to be run separatly from your Active Directory domain controller, so you'll need a physical server that can act as a virtual machine host. If your "lab" doubles as your living room / bedroom, as mine does, then I have a Tranquil PC machine at home - completly silent, passivly cooled, Core i3/i5 machines with a plethora of eSATA ports available for attaching external harddrives. Otherwise, I've had no problems with Dell's entry-level servers - very quiet (although not actually silent) desktop-sized, solidily-built machines that will, despite what the official specifications says, quite happily fit at least 4 3.5" harddrives (if you remove the CD drive) and an internal 2.5" SSD or USB stick (they come with a proper internal USB port). Fit third party harddrives (eBay) and RAM (Crucial) as Dell's are rather pricey.
Originally Posted by TheMan100
5th June 2011, 07:02 PM #12
I have my quad core 8GB home PC with two instances of oracle virtual box using 2GB each for test purposes, just do exchange 2010 this weekend on my test rig
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