03 May 2006
I've put together a shopping list for the new server. I think it's conservative, but should serve my purposes for years. In addition to the stuff on my list, I have an old Adaptec U160/Fast SCSI card on the way. I'll be reusing the old case, SCSI drives, a NIC, and the DVD drive. That should about do it. Now I just need to convince myself to spend the money. I thank Erik for helping bring me up to speed on today's tech and helping me spec what should be a very solid machine (because I never want to build another computer).
It'll mostly be a firewall, remote Gnome desktop, print server, Gallery server, video editing workstation, file server, and maybe my beta Java application server. I think I'll leave most my real services running out at the VPS.
Update (3 May 2006): Well, the new server pieces are ordered along with an Acer Sempron 3100 workstation for the K-Prep Learning Center office.
I had hoped to test the Adaptec 19160 SCSI card tonight in the old Pentium 200 which I'm currently using as a firewall, but it's taking forever and a day to build a new kernel with support for the card. Migrating the old server install from i386 to amd64 should be interesting. I'm still not sure how I'm going to do that. I fear it may take a reinstall. Fortunately, I don't need to hurry with it.