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Old 11-26-2011, 12:51 PM   #1
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Small home server


Hi,

I've been thinking about getting a small home server and running debian on it. Does anyone know a good mini pc suitable for this? It shouldn't be too energy consuming, the only thing I want to use it for is a LAMP configuration and a simple file server. Maybe use it as a firewall later on so 2 network ports would be preferable.

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Old 11-26-2011, 02:50 PM   #2
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Hi there,

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I've been thinking about getting a small home server and running debian on it. Does anyone know a good mini pc suitable for this? It shouldn't be too energy consuming, the only thing I want to use it for is a LAMP configuration and a simple file server. Maybe use it as a firewall later on so 2 network ports would be preferable.
about two years ago I bought a TARGA NT9231 with about the same intention. I relieved the small system of the preinstalled Windows XP and set it up on the basis of Gentoo with no GUI.
Now it acts as a file server (Samba), a web server for test purposes (Apache with PHP and mySQL), a full-fledged local mail server (dovecot) and a number of other tasks. Power consumption is about 25W. It was offered here in Germany for 222 Euro (about 300US$).
It doesn't have two network interfaces, though.

This particular box probably isn't available any longer, but in the meantime I've seen quite a few with similar size, power consumption and capability - and at a lower price.

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:09 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Doc,

Something like that is what I had in mind. I just found the MSI WindBOX III which looks quite neat, but a little above my budget. Maybe I'll just settle for an Asrock mini-PC.
 
Old 11-27-2011, 08:05 AM   #4
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I have several older MSI boxes, one of them running as my main server at home. You can also look at Shuttle XS35 http://www.amazon.com/Shuttle-dual-c...p_ob_e_title_2
which I currently run as desktop.

In general, for a homeserver, anything running an Atom should be suitable. If you run headless, you can opt for the cheapest, low power graphics avaiable.

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Old 11-30-2011, 04:05 PM   #5
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They are selling Lenovo q150's cheaper everyday. I have one and it uses about 25 watts full and almost nothing in standby.

I'd get an AMD A6 before that winbox maybe or a dedicated NAS device.

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Old 11-30-2011, 08:47 PM   #6
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Hi,

I've been thinking about getting a small home server and running debian on it. Does anyone know a good mini pc suitable for this? It shouldn't be too energy consuming, the only thing I want to use it for is a LAMP configuration and a simple file server. Maybe use it as a firewall later on so 2 network ports would be preferable.

Thanks
Do you intend to serve websites on the Internet? If yes then buying shared or vps hosting will be much much cheaper. If not then get an atom based system. Or you can build one yourself.
 
  


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