[olug] Tiny rack-mount chassis

Jeff Hinrichs - DM&T jeffh at dundeemt.com
Fri Jan 10 22:05:32 UTC 2014

If you really want to do it up, run a SBC or an intel NUC.   My firewall,
dns, (monowall) has been running on an SBC for 7+ years.  Not fast enough
to do proxying but the i3 nucs I have running mythbox definitely are fast
enough.  http://soekris.com/ 4501/4801 is what I am running (not sure of
the exact model).   I've run them in customer sites with great success.

As for dual drives, I just keep a second sdcard flashed.  (knocks on wood)
Haven't had to replace an sdcard yet.

On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 3:54 PM, Obi-Wan <obiwan at jedi.com> wrote:

> The DL360 I'm replacing has all those features and is only 1U... and it
> was designed a dozen years ago. Surely progress has been made.
> I can live without the dual power supplies if necessary.
> On 01/10/2014 03:43 PM, Hurley, Rod wrote:
>> Not sure exactly what "way smaller" is, but you won't find anything you
>> like that's less than 2u with redundant power supplies and fans and more
>> than 1 drive.  If you are intent on building your own, check out this site:
>>  http://www.spectrumservers.com/ssproducts/pc/viewPrd.asp?
>> idcategory=41&idproduct=220
>> -Rod
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: olug-bounces at olug.org [mailto:olug-bounces at olug.org] On Behalf Of
>> Obi-Wan
>> Sent: Friday, January 10, 2014 3:32 PM
>> To: Omaha Linux Users Group
>> Subject: [olug] Tiny rack-mount chassis
>> My 1st-gen HP DL360 server (Sam knows about this) that I'm using for my
>> home firewall is starting to get a little long in the tooth.  It still runs
>> perfectly, but it lost one of the mirrored drives this morning, and I
>> plugged in my last spare.  The build date on that drive was 2001.
>> Replacement drives are cost prohibitive, so I'll be replacing the entire
>> chassis before I lose my last drives.
>> This server runs PPPoE to terminate my DSL connection, iptables firewall,
>> mail server, incoming web/SSL proxy, DNS, and DHCP servers.
>> It's a pretty light load, and even for that ancient box. I certainly
>> don't need much horsepower for this box.  I do want extreme reliability.
>>  Mirrored drives are a must, and dual power supplies might be nice.  Dual
>> cooling fans are probably wise.  None of that needs to be hot-swap, though.
>>  I need two ethernet ports (preferably GigE, and 3 would be nice just in
>> case).  I'd also like the chassis to be quite small so that it can hang in
>> a telco rack when I move next year.  I'd like it to be really low power so
>> that it'll run forever off my UPS when necessary.
>> Any suggestions on the hardware and/or case I should use for this? I'm
>> usually shopping at the other end of the horsepower spectrum. There's got
>> to be chassis out there that are way smaller than the standard rack-mount
>> server, but can still run a standard linux distro with some redundancy.
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