New Server Hardware Recommendations?
shane at hathawaymix.org
Thu Feb 19 11:41:34 MST 2009
Nicholas Leippe wrote:
> Not if it's a *personal* server for his home lan... his local 100Mb/GigE is
> going to outperform anything crossing his DSL/cable connection hands down.
Right. I have both, a home server and an externally hosted virtual
server. The external server is better for hosting web sites, while the
home server is better for unusual stuff like:
- Participating in 30+ mailing lists (procmail helps a lot)
- Running buildbot (on multiple virtual server configurations)
- Hosting a VPN
- Running Windows inside a VirtualBox VM, inside a TightVNC server, for
business accounting software. The Linux choices don't handle taxes.
The VNC service is accessible anywhere on the VPN and quite responsive
when you use "-encoding tight -bgr233".
- Providing a gateway to my home network so I can fix stuff remotely for
- Storing a photo archive of 50+ gigabytes and growing.
- Miscellaneous experiments involving potentially crash-prone or bloated
Of course all this stuff creates the need for a good home backup
strategy. I have 2 large USB drives and I use rdiff-backup to update
the backup. At all times, at least one of the two drives is in cold
storage offsite and I rotate them every few weeks.
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