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Question to everyone who has a small or :

Would you mind posting an image of it?
I am trying to gather some ideas for a future datacenter/hobby house. Would be nice to see all of your ideas and solutions!

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@selea
I have 7 computers working non stop, spread through the house. I'll keep an eye here as it's interesting for me as well :D

@joacim @selea ooh, that looks like a dungeon that was built in a mining shaft / cave! 😱

@shine @joacim @selea Coal from the shaft goes straight into the load balancer, it’s awesome!

@shine @selea lol it's an old food cellar so it's naturally cool all year round.

@joacim Outside having to do shorter cable runs, is there a benefit to having the switches on the back?

@finlaydag33k shorter cables means less mess, space in the front of the rack available for shorter units and also makes communication a tiny tiny bit faster.

@selea I'm getting a new rack and a bunch of servers next weekend so it may look different after that... :)

@joacim

I love how it looks like a bunker!

And nice! Any particular cool servers?

@selea It's like a bunker. Concrete floor, stone walls and stone roof. Back then I had two supermicro servers (dual xeon, 128GB RAM each), a 16 drive FC SAN with 1TB drives, FC switch, 48 port gigabit switch (HP), and some@other stuff. Now I habe one of the Supermicro servers left but not in use. I currently got two Dell R620 with dual (newer) Xeons, 192GB RAM each. I also have a QNAP NAS with eight 2TB drives, a home built FreeNAS box with 8 4TB drives and three SSD's connected.

@selea The FreeNAS box is connected via 10GbE. I also have a HP Microserver with four 2TB drives running FreeNAS hosting backups. It's in another building on my property. Also have a fairly modern Fujitsu server with dual XEONS and 128GB RAM that I don't use at the moment. Dual Edgerouters 8-R for interwebz and various switches from HP and Cisco around the property. Unifi for wifi. Think that's about it. I have run fiber between the buildings on my property because why not.

@selea It's all a bit overkill, I know. I have gotten most if not all of my stuff for free.

@selea I wouldn't mind trading some Xeon stuff for a MicroVAX or an AlphaServer to run VMS on.

@selea I could maybe post some pictures that serve as a cautionary tale against the dangers of computer hoarding.

@selea
I guess for this you'd need a special plan with your ISP for fast upload and a static IP? I've been wondering about the possibility of running servers from home recently but have no idea where I would start.

@govynnus

Well, I have 250/250 but dynamic IP. The dynamic IP is solved by having Dynamic DNS with linux.pizza freedns service running and PowerDNS ALIAS records on the same environment.

@selea Here you go :)
Tho the main server (A Dell PE2950) is in the heaterroom for ehm... _obvious reasons_...
This is just the NAS

@selea oh right, it's a tad bit outdated the pic as well.
Removed the black switch on top and moved the white one all the way to the top of the rack

@selea
Hi there, on my side it's just a RaspberryPi running #yunohost and having a 1To USB disk πŸ‘

@selea I got a full rack in my basement with a couple r710s of which only one is in use, an appliance my work sells that I bought off ebay, a DIY NAS I built out of a lenovo thinkcentre desktop, a SAS disk storage shelf connected to one of the r710s for more enterprise-adjacent quality storage. I also have a powered off old SPARC box running Solaris 10, but I might get rid of it soon, as Solaris 10 is getting a little old, and it was just to have that architecture on-hand for testing. I am using some netgear 48-port gigabit switches, some monoprice patch panels, and I ran quads of cat6 to most rooms of my house when I bought it, so I have decent wired gigabit networking throughout the house. Imgur album w/ pics:
https://imgur.com/a/Pzno5mY
@selea and sry for the cable gore, I am not good with cable mgmt

@tuerai

Looks like the perfect man-cave!!!!

What do you use the homelab for?

Also, have you tried OmniOS? It is based on IllumOS which is based of OpenSolaris :)

@selea mostly just a shitton of anime tbh. I'm running a minecraft server on the r710 that's powered on. I was gonna make the 2nd one a hypervisor, but I had issues with the revision of motherboard not liking the processors I bought for it, and then when I did a motherboard swap, the ILOM thing started throwing BIOS errors, and I could never get vt-x to work right on it anyways, so I gave up and now it's just taking up space.
The job of the r710 is mostly just to be connected to the SAS RAID array these days, and I plan to eventually hook up the 2nd one I got so I can decommission the DIY one I made years ago finally.
I use KVM/Qemu/libvirt to run a couple VMs on my desktop, but not on any of the things in my rack. And for some reason I can't for the life of me get docker installed properly on Arch, so I've never really messed with that either.

@selea I don't have a recent picture, but it's a couple of GL-inet routers, a intel NUC, a couple of naked raspberry PIs and a QNAP 2 bay nas.

...all mounted on a 5 euro Ikea shoe rack. Pun intended.

@selea media (kodi), docker host for various purposes (nextcloud, gitea, but most importantly home assistant, a home automation hub)

@selea when I built the furniture for our storage room, I planned a space for our home server. Now it’s perfect because noise is controlled and the heat is perfect to keep the pasta and flour dry.

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