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Desktop Pc To Server

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#1 pcmaddeanp


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Posted 13 June 2008 - 09:34 AM


I currently have a Acer Aspire SA85 that is not in use at the moment so I am thinking of turning it into a Backup Server and VMWare Server.

Here are the Specs of it (Thanks to Ciao ;) ):

Acer Aspire SA85 - Celeron D 352 3.2 GHz

MPN: 92.CF870.U83

Type: PC

Product Form Factor: Mini tower

Width: 18 cm

Depth: 42 cm

Height: 36 cm

Localisation: United Kingdom

Type: Intel Celeron D 352 / 3.2 GHz

64-bit Computing: Yes

Installed Qty: 1

Max Supported Qty: 1
Cache memory

Type: L2 Cache

Chipset Type: SiS661FX

Installed Size: 256 MB / 2 GB (max)

Technology: DDR SDRAM

Memory Speed: 400 MHz

Memory Specification Compliance: PC3200
Storage controller

Type: 1 x Serial ATA - integrated
Storage controller (2nd)

Type: 1 x IDE - integrated

Hard Drive: 1 x 80 GB - standard - Serial ATA-150

Hard Drive (3rd): None
Optical storage

Type: DVD±RW (+R double layer) - IDE
Card reader

Type: 9 in 1 card reader

Supported Flash Memory Cards: CompactFlash Card type I, CompactFlash Card type II, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Microdrive, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SmartMedia Card, xD-Picture Card

Monitor Type: None
Graphics controller

Type: Integrated

Graphics Processor / Vendor: SiS Mirage

Video Memory: Shared Video Memory (UMA)

Manufacturer's product description
The Aspire SA85 is the smart choice for PC buyers who need ample performance and exciting entertainment capabilities. With its proven Intel processors and plentiful expansion options, the Aspire SA85 delivers enduring dependability, multimedia entertainment features and various expandability options.
Audio output

Type: Sound card - integrated

Sound Output Mode: 5.1 channel surround

Compliant Standards: AC '97

Speaker(s): 2 x right / left channel
Input device

Type: Mouse, keyboard

Modem: Fax / modem - integrated

Networking: Network adapter - integrated

Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
Expansion / connectivity

Expansion Bays Total (Free):

* Front accessible - 5.25" x 1/2H
* 2 ( 1 ) x internal - 3.5" x 1/3H

Expansion Slots Total (Free):

* 3 PCI
* 1 ( 0 ) x processor - LGA775 Socket
* Memory
* 1 ( 1 ) x AGP 8x


* 6 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ( 2 in front )
* 1 x serial - RS-232 - 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9)
* 1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25)
* 1 x keyboard - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style)
* 1 x mouse - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style)
* 1 x audio - line-out - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
* 2 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ( 1 in front )
* 1 x audio - line-In - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
* 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
* 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11
* 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45
* 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone 3.5mm ( 1 in front )


Compliant Standards: CE, NEMKO

Device Type: Power supply
Operating system / software

OS Provided: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Software: Cyberlink PowerDVD , NTI CD-Maker Gold Edition, Adobe Acrobat Reader 7, Norton Antivirus 2006

I am thinking of getting the following:
http://misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTool...=0&NoMapp=0 (For hot-swapping backup hard-drives)
http://www.pcnextday.co.uk/products/Produc...tCode=1209-2080 (For replacing the noisy CPU Cooling fan in the PC at the moment)
http://www.tekheads.co.uk/s/product?product=608660 (To control the speed of the fans)
http://www.tekheads.co.uk/s/product?product=607807 (To control the speed of the fans and to monitor temperature inside of the case)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo...roductID=657355 (9 5.25" bays and 250mm side fan) More info
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo...roductID=723373 (11 5.25" bays and 250mm side fan) More info

I need some large, cheap hard-drives. Large as in Gb not as in MM or even Metres :thumbsup:

Thanks in advance and I'm sorry about the large amount if test and links :huh:


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#2 madman6510


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Posted 14 June 2008 - 08:32 PM

Hmm, nice server cases, I like. :huh:

You should be able to get some nice hard drives from Newegg, they have relatively cheap HDDs, as well as a few 1TB drives, which are actually not that expensive. Might want to also look at upgrading your memory... 256MB? Ouch, not good for virtualisation. (Look for at least a gig of RAM).

The OS though... XP Home really isn't the best server OS out there. Unfortunately, probably the worst actually. :thumbsup:

I'd really try upgrading to at least XP Pro (don't go Vista for servers!), and if you're really feeling serious about server stuff, you might want to look at these:
Debian <--------- Recommended!
---Windows NT---
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008

Edited by madman6510, 14 June 2008 - 08:34 PM.

#3 pcmaddeanp

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 10:32 AM

Thanks for the reply madman6510.

Glad you like the Cases! There are quite cool. Literally (the big fan...) :thumbsup:
Unfortunatly, I don't live in the US so I can't get the cheap hard drives from NewEgg :huh:

About the OS... I am a bit of a Linux newbie and I have heard about Debian being very powerful but not very user friendly (for newbies like me). I do play around with Ubuntu Desktop, but can't really get around with the Server versions, mainly because I don't know how to set things up using the CLI (Command Line Interface :huh: I do know some stuff about Linux).
I did download a copy of XP Pro Student (it's used in schools and colleges to show the installation process = no need for activation) by torrent. But I do and I don't want to use it. I do want to use it because I can remotely manage it (RDP), but I don't because I don't want to get caught using a proper non-licensed Microsoft product.

The RAM can be upgraded to 2Gb B) which is very good as I might be running a few virtual machines on it for testing purposes.

I was thinking about having a hot-swap drive bay and I found these:
So that I can backup the backups and keep that hard drive away from the server.


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