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Old 03-31-2014, 06:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm gonna build a home server and set up virtual box to run multiple servers. Apache, an open source backup(not sure which one yet), and a web hosting. What do you guys think would be a decent set up for around 600-800.

Should i just go i5 or should i grab a xeon?
16 GB of RAM good enough to run three virtual servers?

I build computers all the time. But never a server. Seeing as how this is just a basic home server the specs wouldn't be much different than a high processing home desktop no?
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How many VMs do you want to run at the same time, and what will be running on each VM?
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Probably 3: Windows server 2008, Apache, and probably bacula.
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To do what exactly though, on each one. Because you can get away with a single core and like a gig of RAM on certain things.
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Windows web platform for MYSQL. Bacula to backup all the computers on my home network. Apache for the HTTP
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Or could i just make the windows the HTTP and the MYSQL?
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Or could i just make the windows the HTTP and the MYSQL?
General practice in a business environment is to separate each server individually (either on separate systems, or in different VM's)... that being said... there's nothing wrong with putting everything on a single server, especially for home use.

I have the following on my home server:

Pentium 4 HT with 4GB RAM
WAMP (Apache / MySQL / PHP)
IIS7 (used for ASP.NET webpages)
FTP (FileZilla FTP Server)
Local Fileserver
BTSync server
Plex Media Server
TeamSpeak 3 Server
Minecraft server
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Yea I think you'd be better off getting the hardware you mentioned previously but allowing the system as a whole to share full resources so something doesn't get purposely bogged down by being split.
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Do you think I could get away with an i3 and 4gb of ram? Trying to go cheap as possible while still being efficient enough to virtualize those three.
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My home server runs everything on a single install of Debian... four websites, a dozen subdomains, HTTP, mysql, plex, a backup system I wrote myself (nothing fancy, just timed backups of various directories to an external drive), smb, ftp, transmission web daemon, ssh, a minecraft server, pydio, etc. (various small daemons for resource usage, like this or this )

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