In a production role, hardware support may be difficult
Some of these suggestions are ones that may be critical or at least ones that can't afford to be down for too long. The problem we're having with older hardware is getting maintenance coverage on it. Coverage for some of our four and five year old servers costs more annually than a new box. This needs to be considered when selecting a use for an old server. One good solution if you have more than one of the same thing is to mothball one for parts.
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