[olug] Looking for a larger server, not necessiarly new.

Aric Aasgaard aric at omahax.com
Thu Aug 27 00:16:16 CDT 2015

......I can let you borrow an X5650 to prove my point and or I'll trade you 2 L5520 for your 1 working X5650.

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From: olug-bounces at olug.org [mailto:olug-bounces at olug.org] On Behalf Of Aric Aasgaard
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2015 12:01 AM
To: 'Dan Linder' <dan at linder.org>
Cc: 'Omaha Linux User Group' <olug at olug.org>
Subject: Re: [olug] Looking for a larger server, not necessiarly new.

My recommendation would be to just buy a CPU off eBay with the same S code.   You don’t need to buy a “matched pair”.


From: Dan Linder [mailto:dan at linder.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:17 PM
To: Aric Aasgaard <aric at omahax.com>
Cc: Omaha Linux User Group <olug at olug.org>
Subject: Re: [olug] Looking for a larger server, not necessiarly new.


Thanks for all the input. I was able to find an IBM x3650 m3 with two Xeon CPUs X5650 @ 2.67GHz (Stepping: 000206C2, Microcode Revision: 00000015), along with a few sticks of RAM.

The bad news is that one of the CPUs is bad. :(

I've priced on line and the X5650 CPUs are $90 each and I'd need to buy two to ensure the stepping and microcode are sure to work with each other.

Anyone have an old server of any make with two x5600 CPUs in it you want to part with?




On Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 12:29 PM, Aric Aasgaard <aric at omahax.com <mailto:aric at omahax.com> > wrote:

You can do what I am doing and get a Dell C6100 XS23-TY3 off eBay.   It is a good platform for playing with virtualization.  I put cheap 10G mezzanine cards in the nodes with short cheap twinax sfp+ patch cables.  I made one node FreeNAS, one pfSense, and two Xenserver.  I got 160GB WD velociraptor drives for about $10 each when looking for SSD to 3.5 adapters for mirrored node boot drives and or MSSQL log files.  I got 6, 5TB 7200RPM 128MB cache Toshiba desktop drives for $140 each for RAIDZ2 on the FreeNAS.  I put 48GB of RAM in each node for a total of 192GB.  I plan on using a reverse proxy http cache on the pfSense node.  I probably have about $2000 into it.  .........but hey education, you could easily spend that in a year at a college bookstore.  I planned to put it in a cheap 2U colo spot, it is wired up without a switch.  If you just want one to play with at your home you can probably just get a C1100 for much less.  I have a C1100 currently in production running Xenserver with over a year of uptime.


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