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Dell PowerEdge T30 Mini Tower Server: Xeon E3-1225, 8GB RAM, 1TB EXPIRED

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Dell Small Business has Dell PowerEdge T30 Mini Tower Server on sale for $299 after coupon code BFIJ299T30 (apply in cart). Shipping is free. Thanks lordoff

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  • Intel Xeon E3-1225 v5 3.3G Processor
  • 1TB Hard Drive (7.2K RPM)
  • 8GB UDIMM (2400MT/s)
  • DVD+/-RW Internal SATA Drive
  • No Operating System
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PowerEdge T30 Server

Chassis Configuration
Chassis with up to 4, 3.5 inch Hard Drives

Processor

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Intel Xeon E3-1225 v5 3.3G, 8M cache, 4C/4T, turbo (80W)

Memoryi

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8GB UDIMM, 2400MT/s, Single Rank, x8 Data Width
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RAID

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Onboard SATA, HDD connected to onboard SATA Controller - No RAID

Hard Drive

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1TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6Gbps Entry 3.5in Cabled Hard Drive
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Optical Drive
DVD+/-RW SATA Internal

Power Cords
US 125V Power Cord
Included in price

Operating System

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No Operating System

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Not at all...

They do double duty running services for the home/family, and as a lab for myself to tinker in.

I run a virtualized firewall with separate network segments for internal users, guests, IoT junk, and security cameras. It also provides remote access via OpenVPN. The dedicated kids network has a Squid proxy server so we can keep tabs on their activities and proactively limit access to inappropriate content. UniFi controller software runs as a small vm to manage our wireless access points in place of a dedicated Cloud Key.

Then there's a couple of NAS systems; one acts as the NVR for the security cameras, another is the shared family one with photos and to back up laptops, while a third stores my work-related stuff.

Log collection for both internal and external stuff I manage remotely lives on a small Linux vm, and there's a tftp server for doing installs over the internal network. There's a pair of virtual desktops set up so that I have a Linux and Windows workstation always accessible with the tools I need, whether from a tablet with limited capabilities or on the road over the VPN.

The rest are just various vms that come and go as needed. It's great for trying out new versions of an appliance or OS, etc. without needing to procure dedicated hardware.

Hope that helps!
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I don't disagree with this statement, particularly as your i7 is currently configured. Please forgive the long post but I wanted to point out a few things for your consideration and so others can evaluate their options as well.

In the "pro" column for your current machine: a higher turbo speed, hyper-threading, double the installed memory, and a solid state drive. In addition, you already have it so the cost is zero.

Having said that, the T30 does offer ECC memory which the i7 you're running does not. You'd have to decide if that's something that matters to you if you're using it for anything important. ECC support is not generally going to matter for most people doing stuff at home but if the data in your database is important, it's worth noting the difference at least. Many will argue that they've never run ECC and never seen the need for it, but it exists for a reason. The Xeon in the T30 also supports twice the maximum amount of memory (though it'd cost a fortune at today's memory prices to max it out).

In the same "how important is what you're running" category, the T30 will come with a basic warranty, including next business day parts replacement. If you're running a mail server and other services that you (and perhaps others) depend on, that may or may not hold value for you. Obviously, the i7-3770 is long out of warranty, but you might have an abundant supply of spare parts on hand making the NBD parts replacement moot.

Next, the T30 with the Xeon cpu can easily be managed without physically being near the machine. AMT isn't quite the same as iDRAC, iLO, or IPMI, but it's pretty handy if you need to access the console remotely. Useful if the system will reside in the garage or a family member's basement. Again, you'd have to decide if this is something that held any value for you.

If your i7-3770 is just a spare box on hand that you're dedicating to lab/development work, then it's certainly more than adequate as is and already has some benefits compared to the T30 as shipped. You should easily be able to run your database, mail server, and a few vms on it without issue. (I'm assuming of course that the database isn't overly large and you aren't planning on having a large number of users accessing it simultaneously.)

If your i7-3770 is your main day-to-day workstation that you're also hoping to run services on, then you should also consider whether having a dedicated machine would be worthwhile. Servers and workstations generally have different uptime requirements; it's not ideal to have your mail server or database server go offline because a windows update went awry for example. Again, if you're the only user for the services in question, this too may be a non-issue.

Just some stuff to consider! Smilie
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Can you come be my home sys admin?
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64 bit cpu.?
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Yep

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I got one and love it. I can't decide on this or a used r710 or 610. Mines currently running unraid and Plex in a docker. But I want to dedicate Plex and a download setup plus maybe some vm to mess around with.
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Anyone know where to get the coupon?
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Perfect timing, need to burn some promo GC.
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Seems like the perfect server for Plex. Tired of renting a server.
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I got one and love it. I can't decide on this or a used r710 or 610. Mines currently running unraid and Plex in a docker. But I want to dedicate Plex and a download setup plus maybe some vm to mess around with.
The higher end rack mount servers can certainly be had cheap and can be loaded up with memory, dual processor, etc. They make great lab hosts for learning about virtualization. The down side (for me) is their power utilization compared to a system like the T30. That may or may not be something that matters to you depending on what you pay for electricity.

For a handful of light duty VMs, the T30 can be more than adequate depending on your needs. Memory isn't as cheap and abundant like the surplus server gear so you'll want to allocate resources accordingly but Linux, pfSense, etc. all run happily side-by-side with minimal memory and one or two cores. I tossed a solid state drive in mine to use as a datastore for VMs where speed mattered, and added an extra 8gb stick of memory to have a little breathing room - I have been quite satisfied with mine. Lower power consumption and quiet operation were just an added bonus.
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The higher end rack mount servers can certainly be had cheap and can be loaded up with memory, dual processor, etc. They make great lab hosts for learning about virtualization. The down side (for me) is their power utilization compared to a system like the T30. That may or may not be something that matters to you depending on what you pay for electricity.

For a handful of light duty VMs, the T30 can be more than adequate depending on your needs. Memory isn't as cheap and abundant like the surplus server gear so you'll want to allocate resources accordingly but Linux, pfSense, etc. all run happily side-by-side with minimal memory and one or two cores. I tossed a solid state drive in mine to use as a datastore for VMs where speed mattered, and added an extra 8gb stick of memory to have a little breathing room - I have been quite satisfied with mine. Lower power consumption and quiet operation were just an added bonus.
Are you using esxi ?
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Are you using esxi ?
I am, yes. I have two of these running 6.5 currently.

I added surplus quad-port network cards bought via eBay to use as uplinks for my dvSwitches and I use the onboard built-in networking as a dedicated management port.
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I am, yes. I have two of these running 6.5 currently.

I added surplus quad-port network cards bought via eBay to use as uplinks for my dvSwitches and I use the onboard built-in networking as a dedicated management port.
Thanks I think I'm gonna go for one of these

What do you run on these if you don't mind me asking
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Thanks I think I'm gonna go for one of these

What do you run on these if you don't mind me asking
Not at all...

They do double duty running services for the home/family, and as a lab for myself to tinker in.

I run a virtualized firewall with separate network segments for internal users, guests, IoT junk, and security cameras. It also provides remote access via OpenVPN. The dedicated kids network has a Squid proxy server so we can keep tabs on their activities and proactively limit access to inappropriate content. UniFi controller software runs as a small vm to manage our wireless access points in place of a dedicated Cloud Key.

Then there's a couple of NAS systems; one acts as the NVR for the security cameras, another is the shared family one with photos and to back up laptops, while a third stores my work-related stuff.

Log collection for both internal and external stuff I manage remotely lives on a small Linux vm, and there's a tftp server for doing installs over the internal network. There's a pair of virtual desktops set up so that I have a Linux and Windows workstation always accessible with the tools I need, whether from a tablet with limited capabilities or on the road over the VPN.

The rest are just various vms that come and go as needed. It's great for trying out new versions of an appliance or OS, etc. without needing to procure dedicated hardware.

Hope that helps!
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64 bit cpu.?
For future reference, you would have a hard time finding a new non 64-bit computer in 2018. This includes servers, desktops and laptops.
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Makes a great server for Blue Iris too.
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