Home Server Adventure - Step 2

If you remember, I talked about my home server project in a previous post. I had installed an old Dell Poweredge server, a 3com gigabit switch and a monitoring console. The problem with this configuration was that it was too noisy as the rack is installed in my apartment.

The first thing I did was to replace my old 3Com switch with a Zyxel managed fanless switch. Being fanless, this switch is completely silent which makes a good difference :)

After that, I have replaced the Dell server with a custom installation in a Norco-RPC 230 case. The basic case comes with two 80mm fans in the front. These two fans are very powerful, but they are quite noisy. I replaced them with two Enermax T.B. Silence 80mm fans. They are almost silent, it is really great. It is probably not enough airflow for a large configuration, but in my case, I think that this will be largely enough.

I've already installed several services on my server:

  • Tiny Tiny RSS: a web-based news feed reader and aggregator. I use it to replace Feedly which I was getting less and less fond to.
  • Sabnzbd: I already had this NZB download on my desktop, but now as it is on the server, it can download even when I'm not at home.
  • Zabbix: a monitoring application that manages all my appliances and server (the new server, the NAS, the switch and the router). It is my first attempt with Zabbix. It is a bit cryptic to conigure, but the features are very numerous.
  • Teamspeak and Mumble: They already were installed on the previous server.

I plan to install new services on the future, but I have no plans for now.

Here is a picture of the rack in its current state:

19 Rack

I have also installed my router and the NAS on a layer in the rack.

You can't see it, but I have also added to rackable PDU on the back to have to organize a bit the cables. Even if it still not perfect, it is already better than before.

For now, I think that my system in in good shape. When I will have some more budget, I will replace QNAP NAS with a custom server, probably again with a Norco case.

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