Mar 262009
 

I know I already mentioned this last september, but I have now finally ordered all the components to replace/upgrade my little Linux server. The final component list is as follows:

CPU

Intel Q9400S

Cabinet

Antec Mini P180 black

HDD

Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB x4

CPU cooler

OCZ Vendetta 2

PSU

Corsair VX 450W

Motherboard

ASUS P5Q-VM

RAM

GEIL Black Dragon 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR2 PC2 6400 800Mhz 5-5-5-15 /8-Layer PCB with LED Retail

DVD-R/W

Sony Nec Optiarc DVD+-R/ RW/ DL AD-7220S-0B SATA +22X8X12X -22X6X12X BULK BLACK

The parts could arrive as early as tomorrow, so hopefully I get some time this weekend. And I also still have to make the final choice between KVM, VirtualBox & VMware… Most likely I go for KVM + virt-manager. I guess I will pay a last visit to the Virtual Machine forums to double-check my facts.

Sep 302008
 

Yup, it’s that time of the year again. I’ll just ignore that the financial situation of this planet is going down the crapper at top speed and will invest a substantial amount of $$$ into a new Linux server. Main requirements:

  • quiet. The box is standing under my desk, and I do not want to be able to hear it.
  • plenty of storage. A couple of 1TB drives should take care of that.
  • failover. The aforementioned drives will be configured as… RAID5? RAID10? Not sure yet…
  • powerful enough to run several VM guests at the same time, so a good quad core CPU & plenty of RAM.

I think I have finally worked out the components line-up:

CPU Intel Q9550
Cabinet Antec Mini P180 black
HDD Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB x4
CPU cooler OCZ Vendetta 2
PSU Corsair VX 450W
Motherboard ASUS P5Q-VM
RAM OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 “P45 Special” Vista Upgrade 16GB Quad Kit
I am sure it will also function with a non-Vista system…

These parts should add up to a pretty cool beast… ;-)
The OS will most likely be (Gentoo) Linux with VMware, VirtualBox or KVM. Both the new releases of VMware and VirtualBox look promising, but I still lean towards KVM… Perhaps forums.meulie.net can shed some light on it for me…

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