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Are Servers Any Good In This Day and Age?

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#1 Phabeon


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Posted 27 January 2016 - 08:54 PM

Hello all, 


I would to get a career in being a server admin  or a network security guy. 


2 questions..


1. How do I go about building my own lab at home and learning this stuff? 



2. Is this h/w any good any more? 




  • Dell PowerEdge 2800
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard with 5 CALs, Windows Certificate of Authenticity (COA), and install CDs!
  • 2 x Xeon 2.8 GHz CPUs, FSB 800 MHz, L2 2MB
  • 2GB of RAM (expandable to 16GB, 4 open slots)
  • Quantum DLT VS160 tape drive <-- going for $150 on eBay by itself!
  • 5 x 80/160 GB backup tapes with cleaning cartridge
  • Dell Remote Access Card!
  • 5 x146GB SCSI hard drives in RAID5 (700GB usable, one HD is 300GB)
  • 2 x 73GB SCSI hard drives in RAID1
  • Dell PERC 4e/Di RAID card
  • Adaptec SCSI/RAID card
  • 2 x gigabit network cards
  • 2 x power supplies (hot swappable)
  • DVD/CD-R Combo Drive
  • Front bezels/keys for tower and rack mount configurations
  • Dell Rapid-rails for server rack
  • Dell cable management arm
  • Server "feet" for use in tower configuration

This server was recently removed from a working env



or $100 



  • Dell PowerEdge 2850
  • Dual Xeon 3.0 GHz CPUs (800MHz, L2 2MB)
  • 2GB of RAM (can be upgraded to 16GB)
  • 2 x 146GB SCSI hard drives in RAID1 (146GB usable)
  • Dell RAID card
  • DVD/CDRW combo drive
  • Dual gigabit network cards
  • Dual hot-swappable power supplies

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#2 JohnnyJammer


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Posted 28 January 2016 - 12:18 AM

yeh mate they are not the best but they would be great to get some hands on experience for you.

Also server administration will be a round for a long long time because i know a lot of companies who refuse to use the cloud and allow others to own their data.

Once you move totally to the cloud you become there puppet and if they choose to raise prices, well you have to agree or start fresh and buy all new hardware again where as constant updating a server at a time and moving critical roles to the newer stuff is the way to go.


i would get as much ram for them servers and then instead VMWare ESXi free edition, then start adding VM' servers 2008 R2 or 2012 and create a domain etc and also a replicating server.


Note i got like 4 8 year old servers running critical roles in 2 locations but i also have replication for fault tolerance.

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