After 10 years of using a Dell Dimension 5100 tower (Eddie) as a PC, Server, Gaming Machine, VM Host and a Web Server, not all at the same time of course, I have finally decided to upgrade to a real server…
An HP Proliant MicroServer has become the hardware of choice, mainly because of its £235 cost, thanks to HP’s £100 cash back offer.. The base build doesn’t offer a huge amount of power:
Athlon II Neo N36L 1.3GHz Dual-Core CPU, 1GB DDR3 ECC UDIMM (8gb max), Internal SATA Cold Plug SATA 250GB Hard-Drive, Embedded RAID 0/1, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 200W PSU, 1 Year Warranty
So I stumped up for a couple of Kingston 4Gb Memory DIMM’s just to give it some performance.
Realistically this isn’t bad considering 10 years ago I forked out for close to £1800 for Eddie when new, with a 2.4Ghz single Hyperthreading processor, a whole 1Gb of memory, although it did come with 19″ LCD Monitor which was massive at the time, surround sound speakers including Bass Box and an OS..
Nowadays I leave the Desktop access to my MBP (Zaphod) and let the Server take the backend load.. After all who wants to be chained to a desk at home after being chained all day at work ?!!
I will be sorry to see the Dimension go having upgraded its memory to 3Gb & Disk to a 500Gb especially considering it has been switched on for that entire time and the only hardware to fail in it was the Floppy disk drive and the on board network card.
Now the MicroServer (Deep Thought) is here the memory and OS are installed, the remote connectivity setup, I can start the arduous task of transferring over the data..
I just hope Deep Thought lasts as long as Eddie and with as little issues too!