What to do with an old server?

For my birthday last year, I forked over $30 for a Dell PowerEdge 1650, which I considered a good deal.   Dual-processor P3 1.4G CPU, 2 G RAM and a 32? G SCSI HDD.  For the most part, it’s been sitting in my garage idling away.

I did get Gentoo (of course!) installed on it and it has worked just fine.  Compiling takes a while and I’ve been toying with the idea of installing Debian or Ubuntu-server on it as a change.  I thought about putting Fedora or a *BSD variant on it, but I don’t really have much experience with either.  Over the weekend, I wiped the drive and installed Windows Server 2003.  I had an old disc laying around from a trial I registered for and it worked.  This weekend, I think I’ll register for the Windows Server 2003 trial and run with that for a while.  Microsoft provides instructions on how to extend the trial up to 260 (?) days.

In my mind, I had originally picked it up to toy around with building a hardened web-server, but that hasn’t panned out yet.  Most other services that I need are being handled by my MythTV/fileserver or my PogoPlug.  I could throw FreePBX on it and get a pretty-GUI for Asterisk, but my current install of Asterisk is working just fine for my current needs.  If my basement had been designed differently or if I had a larger house/basement and the equipment was in an unfinished area, I’d throw it into use as a firewall/router.

At the end of the day, I still don’t have any big ideas for it and I just screw around with the idea.

 

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~ by praetor on March 14, 2012.

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