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#1 2016-07-10 02:22:15

LCGuy
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New acquistion - Cisco MultiService Platform...it followed me home

Scored this on Friday, its a Cisco MultiService Platform server, basically a rebadged SuperMicro SuperServer thats used in Cisco CCTV systems.

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This one was made redundant as its an older model that is no longer supported on newer versions of VSM. My first proper rackmount server. Very exciting.  Has a Xeon Harpertown E5410 processor (2.33 Ghz), 2GB of RAM, and 6 1TB drives. I already have an extra 32GB of RAM on its way to me, $55 on eBay, after which I intend to load ESXi on it, and eventually replace my current home server (the WOPR, a Core 2 Quad Q6600 with 8GB of RAM) When I first got it home it sounded like a Boeing 747 taking off, thankfully I've managed to make it shut up by removing one of the PSUs and setting the fan control to run in "Workstation" mode (it had previously been set to run the fans at full blast) Regardless, it'll be nice to actually have some proper server grade hardware at home to play with, and to actually have a machine running ESXi that I can play with to my hearts content and get some decent exposure to it.

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#2 2016-07-11 03:28:14

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Re: New acquistion - Cisco MultiService Platform...it followed me home

Looks like a SuperMicro with a Cisco sticker on it.

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#3 2016-07-11 07:54:39

LCGuy
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Re: New acquistion - Cisco MultiService Platform...it followed me home

Yep, thats pretty much what it is. Their older video surveillance servers were rebadged SuperMicros (they even have the SuperMicro splash screen on boot), but the newer ones are Cisco UCS's.

I've put ESXi on it so far, naturally its struggling a bit with the 2GB of RAM. Will be much better when I get the 32GB. Also have an AOC-SIMSO+ card on its way, which will give me remote management capabilities including virtual KVM. Nice.

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#4 2016-07-11 12:31:02

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Re: New acquistion - Cisco MultiService Platform...it followed me home

Your current home server might not take kindly to being replaced.

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ESXi is a solid product to learn.  More companies are starting to realize that it's much easier / more secure / less of a burden on IT to turn machines into dumb terminals connecting into a VMWare server as opposed to users all having full-fledged machines to run Word, Excel, and Outlook.


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#5 2016-07-11 13:09:30

LCGuy
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Re: New acquistion - Cisco MultiService Platform...it followed me home

Hah, yeah. I named it that as a reference to the movie, and because of its physical size (it is quite literally, a whopper, being a full size beige ATX tower) Yeah, to be honest it'll be kinda sad to finally decommission and dismantle my current server. I originally built it nearly 7 years ago, its been through a lot, its moved with me from Bundaberg out to Longreach, back to Bundaberg, and finally to Sydney, and while it started out as a Pentium 4 2.4, its been upgraded to a Core 2 Duo E8400, and finally to a Core 2 Quad Q6600. But at the same time, in many ways this thing just kicks its ass.

As for ESXi - we use it at work, and I figure that having access to a machine that both a) I have complete control over, and b) isn't a customer's machine that I can play with to my heart's content is definitely not a bad thing

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