[nSLUG] Built new server
jim at on-site.ns.ca
Wed Sep 8 10:06:51 ADT 2010
Recently I had a need to build a small low power consuming server. I had
previously built a test server using the Intel D945GCLF2 Mini-ITX motherboard.
The downside to this was it had a fan which is prone to an early failure, and
the board was limited to 2 Gb of RAM.
Intel has upgraded the board to the D510MO board. It has a large heatsink and
2 memory slots to allow up to 4 Gb of RAM. There is NO fan on the motherboard
and none is required. A downside is there are only 2 SATA ports and there is
no PATA port which the older board had.
Both of these boards support PS2 keyboards and mice, whick my KVM switch uses.
So yesterday I built a new server with a single 500 Gb SATA drive, a DVD
burner, and 2 Gb of RAM. I added an Intel 100 mb NIC to join the built in
Realtek NIC. I am pleased to report that Centos 5.5 found all the hardware
correctly. I used the 32 bit version and SMP was detected and used by default.
The amazing thing about this board is the dual core hyperthreaded CPU is seen
as a 4 core unit by Linux. The BogoMips report in dmesg shows over 13,300
which I thought was pretty amazing.
How does this compare to other servers that users have?
As I intend to bump this motherboard to 4 Gb of RAM in the future, I setup 6 Gb
of swap. Top shows that swap has never been used after 16 hours of up time. I
expect this to change as web content increases and e-mail starts to flow.
Generally it was a successful build. It was low cost. ( less than $250.00
with all new components ) It is low power consuming. It is fast.
In the future I will likely try virtualization and terrabyte drives.
In the future I will remove the DVD and put a 2nd 500Gb drive to allow
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