Now that my home has (somewhat) fast Internet access, I’m looking to set up a rack-mount server at home, and buy a PineBook Pro running FreeBSD as a mobile terminal. I’d then retire my current dev machine (ThinkPad W540 running Ubuntu) as a games and media machine.
However, I’ve never run serious server-class hardware myself, and was wondering if the Lobsters community had any hints, tips, or warnings to share?
My thinking at the moment …
Being in Australia (thus, hot in summer), I’m looking at something like this small rack-mount cabinet with some added fans.
I’m thinking of starting the experiment cheaply, by buying something like this used Proliant DL360 and replacing my ghetto NAS with it. I note that the Proliant and many similar servers have hardware RAID; I assume I’d be best off eschewing this for software RAID to make recovery to different hardware feasible?
I’m assuming that my current speeds (~ 90Mb/s down, ~ 30Mb/s up ) will be adequate for most purposes (SSH session w/ tmux, SWANK (for SLIME), etc.). If anyone is running this sort of setup themselves, what speeds have you found necessary?