[olug] Tiny rack-mount chassis

Aric Aasgaard aric at omahax.com
Fri Jan 10 23:16:25 UTC 2014

.......or you could get a Dell PowerEdge 1950 for less than $100 off eBay.

For example

I have built a pfSense box with this
It works well, but it cost more and doesn't have the reliability features
such as hardware RAID, ECC memory and a Dual PSU.  

-----Original Message-----
From: olug-bounces at olug.org [mailto:olug-bounces at olug.org] On Behalf Of Aric
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2014 4:46 PM
To: Omaha Linux User Group
Subject: Re: [olug] Tiny rack-mount chassis

I have a spare 1st-gen Compaq DL360 server with Tualatins and atleast a GB
of RAM and or a couple small 10 or 15k SCSI drives I can give you if you
want to just stick with what you have.

I used a DL360 as a pfSense router for several years until I switched to a
dual Sossaman xeon system because I have higher that 100Mbit internet now.

> 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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