In this second post of the “Home Server” series I show you a list of the hardware I have used. Not all of them are mandatory, but depending on the performance you want to achieve it is interesting to use all of the recommended.
HP Microserver Gen8
The main protagonist of the project. These servers stand out because they offer very good service at low cost. You can buy in several models more or less cheap depending on the performance they offer (better CPU, more memory …). I bought the cheapest one and added some improvement (like memory).
The best it has is the low power consumption, it is very silent, supports RAID, supports iLO…
These are a few of its features (as I said correspond to the cheapest model that I bought):
|CPU||Intel Celeron G1610T Dual-Core a 2.3 GHz|
|Memory||4GB (supports up to 16GB in 2 DIMM slots DDR3)|
|RAID||Smart Array B120i chip supports RAID 0, 1 y 10|
|Hard Disk||4 x SFF cold-swap SATA drive bays|
|Network ports||2 x Gigabit LAN ports|
Logically the disk bays come empty. The disks must be bought separately. I bought 2 Seagate Barracuda of 2 TB each to configure them as RAID 1.
Ésto es opcional pero veo muy recomendable (como yo hice) el uso de disco SSD para albergar sistemas operativos, ESX, servidores virtuales… y usar los discos SATA solo para datos. El rendimiento aumenta muchisimo y con los precios actuales de los discos SSD merece la pena. Éste sería instalado usando el puerto que se reserva en el Microserver Gen8 para instalar un ODD (Optical Disk Drive) como explicaré en un post más adelante.
SATA Power cable and Data cable
The server comes with 4GB of RAM and, as already mentioned, can support up to 16GB. Expanding it is optional, since to install an ESX (as it falls within the scope of this project), 4GB is the minimum. But to be able to “play” more, create a laboratory, multiple virtual machines, etc … it would be necessary to extend it. I bought an extra 4GB module to have a total of 8GB.
Also optional. With the one included with this model, for now, I have no problems, but if you are interested in getting more performance you can buy for example:
Intel Core i3-3220T (2.8GHz, 2 cores, 4 threads, 35w TDP, Ivy Bridge)