I was perusing the “How many computers do you have?” thread and saw some impressive amateur server setups. I think the subject warrants it’s own thread. Whatcha got? Whatcha runnin’ on it?
I’ll start with mine. I swear it was organized… a few years ago.
From top to bottom:
- Thinkpad T-series
- RIPE Atlas probe (white box on the right)
- Ubiquiti 8 port PoE switch
- Wyse Thin Terminal
- Ubiquiti 24 port switch
- Ubiquiti USG Pro 4
- Cheapest 500w UPS I could find
- Synology DS1515 + DX513 fully populated 6TB disks
- HPE Microserver Gen 8
- Salvaged Dell Opti-something…
Firstly - I’m a huge fan of Ubiquiti’s Unifi platform. Not pictured here are a pair of Unifi AP-AC lite WAPs to blanket the house in WiFi. I run the Unifi software on a tiny Debian VM and it just hums.
The Thinkpad is super old and has battery life of about 18 minutes, but it functions just running live Kali hanging off the network.
If you’re not familiar with RIPE’s Atlas project, check it out here - https://atlas.ripe.net/. A Comcast exec who sponsors the program was giving these away on Twitter a while ago. Running an Atlas node gives you access to setup your own monitors using other nodes around the world. Kind of like a crowdsourced Thousandeyes, if you’re familiar with that.
The Wyse terminal fell off a truck at work. Calling these things “Thin Terminals” is a misnomer, imo. The thing has an x86 processor and could run a full Windows desktop. I loaded Debian onto it and run a Tor relay node, passing traffic 24/7. Averaging around 120 mbps these days.
The Ubiquiti Unifi/USG pair gives me great network performance at a great price with a slick interface. I had a frankenstein PFsense build for a while but got tired of it and wanted to simplify the whole network stack. The USG also runs an L2TP VPN endpoint.
The Synology pair is rock solid. 49 TB usable presented to the Microserver via iSCSI.
Speaking of… these Microservers are great! It has the same iLO out-of-band management interface that all their enterprise stuff has. Great for a headless setup like this. The Microserver came with some terrible Pentium proc, swapped it out with a Xeon E3-1230 V2. I think it’s about as best I can get with the passive cooling in this chassis. Looking at a Gen 10 in the near future. But this one is a Windows Server box, hosting a Plex server, HyperV instance, some basic IIS sites.
The old Dell desktop was brought back to life from the junk pile, it’s dedicated to file transfer. Honestly not even sure what processor is in there. A sufficient one.