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Old 02-09-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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We have a "decent" PC that is running XP at this time and should easily handle WHS, but I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations for a dedicated server instead.

I don't want to get too crazy about the cost, and I did find this:

Newegg.com - Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX100 S2 Tower Server System Intel Core i3 540 3.06GHz 4GB ECC (2 x 2GB) 250G SATA II 3.5" 7200RPM VFY:T1002SX260US.

I'm wondering what you think of it, and if you have any other ideas about a server.

As always your help is appreciated.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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What are you going to use WHS for?

If only for nightly images, and sharing media with the family, then I wouldn't worry too much about raw power.

If you want to use it as a full blown HTPC then you may want a bit more juice.

FWIW, I have a 1st gen WHS server in the first scenario, and it runs fine on this Atom motherboard and 2 GB of ram. I had an older case / powersupply / DVD laying around so I used that. I did add a Gigabit switch to the network to speed up the backups.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:33 PM
 
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Sharing, backup, internet access to data and programs from other PCs and smart phones.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:33 PM
 
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Forgot to mention, I also run Orb server on the Atom without any issue.
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:07 AM
 
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Personally, I like the HP microservers. Cheap, very cleanly laid out, and easy to work in (all the screws and tools you need are mounted inside the front door). Fairly low power too. Add a video card to it (the built in is pretty awful and VGA only) and you've got a pretty nice, quiet HTPC that can play 1080p video without a hitch.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16859107052
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:03 AM
 
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I forgot I will be recording feed from a 9 camera security system, but have it set to monitor only with movement.

I'm also looking at a system to turn lights on and off, etc. Not sure if that would run through this box as I haven't gotten very far in that research.

BTW, I looked at that HP server and noticed the Shell Shocker: It adds another 2GB RAM and is $70 less than the one linked you to!!

Newegg.com - HP ProLiant N40L Ultra Micro Tower Server System AMD Turion II Neo N40L 1.5GHz 2C 2GB (1 x 2GB) 1 x 250GB LFF SATA 658553-001
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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I've run a FreeNAS box with an Athlon XP 3200 and 1GB of ram and it ran great. In some cases I found it easier to use than WHS.

Not to mention many times I'd just use XP for basic server functionality in a pinch.

But after reading your post about wanting to record video and other functionality WHS seems like a more solid, i.e. more supported choice.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:14 AM
 
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I've run a FreeNAS box with an Athlon XP 3200 and 1GB of ram and it ran great. In some cases I found it easier to use than WHS.

Not to mention many times I'd just use XP for basic server functionality in a pinch.

But after reading your post about wanting to record video and other functionality WHS seems like a more solid, i.e. more supported choice.
The one thing that WHS does extremely well is backups. Having daily, weekly, and monthly complete images of every HDD for every machine in the house is awesome. Being able to mount them as temp drives to recover files (if you don't want to re-image a machine) is pretty sweet too.

I've also used it to upgrade hard drives: In my mom's machine I did a full backup, threw in a new HDD, and did a network restore with the restore DVD. It took a few hours, but very hands off and very smooth overall.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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I forgot I will be recording feed from a 9 camera security system, but have it set to monitor only with movement.

I'm also looking at a system to turn lights on and off, etc. Not sure if that would run through this box as I haven't gotten very far in that research.

BTW, I looked at that HP server and noticed the Shell Shocker: It adds another 2GB RAM and is $70 less than the one linked you to!!

Newegg.com - HP ProLiant N40L Ultra Micro Tower Server System AMD Turion II Neo N40L 1.5GHz 2C 2GB (1 x 2GB) 1 x 250GB LFF SATA 658553-001
And the Shell Shocker is already gone.
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Old 02-10-2012, 05:20 PM
 
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That's a pretty sweet deal. Even at $300 and without the extra RAM (which you really need if you're doing HTPC or running Windows Server), it's worth it.
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