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A rack mountable server with DRAC, modem and PCI slot for 2nd NIC

By john.lee ·
I am searching for a 1 to 2 RU rack mountable server with one single hard drive, a DRAC (remote access), an internal modem and one free PCI-e slot for inserting a 2nd NIC.
Does such server exist?
Thanks all.

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by simps625

Why are you going to use a dedicated server for network monitoring?

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Well if it does it's a Dell

by OH Smeg In reply to A rack mountable server w ...

DRAC = Dell Remote Access Card

A Internal Modem isn't much of an issue depending on the type of Modem. Dial-up is easy, ADSL and Cable is a different story.

As for a PCIe Slot are you sure that you need one or just do you want another Gigabyte Ethernet Connection?

Most of what you describe is an Appliance which would be specially built for a specific purpose I would imagine.

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by john.lee In reply to Well if it does it's a De ...

I was trying to build this machine for network monitoring purposes.
The onboard NIC is used to connect to the LAN.
The PCIe slot is for an Intel Pro/100 adapter to sniff the mirror port on the switch.
The modem port is for dial-up networking use in case the network to monitor was not accessible from the WAN.
If there is also a slot for DRAC, that would be great.

However, that would end up too expensive and the machine too big which I don't want to see.

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Look at SuperMicro

by robo_dev In reply to A rack mountable server w ...

I own three of them at home. Most server MOBOs have dual-gig nics on the board, and the only odd thing is a modem, they are getting harder to get. I paid a total of $17 for my three SuperMicros on eBay. They had memory but no drives...paid $15 for a 2U dual-core server (now running VMWare 4.1) and $1 each for two 1U dual-core Xeon servers.

A USB modem costs around $20, or a Cellular modem costs about the same, and provisioning an analog phone line costs more than a mobile-data plan these days.

The only tricky part is you did not say what OS you're planning to use, as some specific drive controller, nic-controller, motehrboards, or modem hardware devices play better with some OS's than others.

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by john.lee In reply to Look at SuperMicro

>The only tricky part is you did not say what OS you're planning to use, as
> some specific drive controller, nic-controller, motehrboards, or modem
> hardware devices play better with some OS's than others
Actually OS will be W2K8 and LINUX.
I never thought hardware can be sensitive to OS.

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Supermicro

by MHDhawaii In reply to A rack mountable server w ...

I have deployed several Supermicro 1U servers that may be exactly what you're looking for... most of my experience is with their lower end models with Atom processors that make perfect small business servers...they come with dual-Intel GB NIC's and integrated IPMI. Newegg has one I recommend with an Atom D525 (dual-core) processor. IPMI is similar to Dell's DRAC, in that it gives you the ability to remotely connect to the server (http://www.servethehome.com/supermicro-ipmiview-review-remote-server-monitoring-management-ipmi-20-kvm-over-ip/).

Newegg product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816101364
This is a barebones server for $370... add hard drive, memory and your OS. I have built these as pfSense firewalls and web servers, some with CF cards instead of hard drives. The SYS-5015A-EHF-D525 has one PCI-e slot, which works great with a third Intel NIC in the pfSense machines. I also built a higher end Xeon/RAID-5 system with the Supermicro MBD-X9SCM-F-O motherboard in a NORCO RPC-231 2U case. This serves as a VMware ESXi server, and is amazing in that role with 32GB RAM--but this build cost as much as three of the Atom D525 setups.

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by john.lee In reply to Supermicro

Having worked predominantly with Compaq/HP/DELL server hardware for all my career, seeing that Supermicro can offer something like DRAC is certainly an eye opener for me.
IPMI appears to be an Intel offering and so apart from Supermicro, does other vendor also offer IPMI-managed server?
One thing which worries me is the Intel ATOM processor which I had really bad experience when we first tested it on Netbooks.

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Regarding hardware compatibility

by robo_dev In reply to A rack mountable server w ...

Overall, VMWare, XenServer, and certain Linux variants simply will not work on the wrong NIC or disk controller chipset, so you need to shop carefully for hardware to see what is on their hardware compatibility list.

At home I have VMWare ESXi 3.5 and ESXi 4.1 server. I have a pile of 3Com, Intel, and Netgear nics that it just will not recognize, so I had to get a Broadcom card to make it install without having to hack it to death.

Similarly, don't even think of trying to load XenServer on any old generic Intel ICH sata RAID controller, as it just will not work.

This is less of a problem with Windows, however on a server if you go with a no-name NIC, you won't be able to get drivers for Windows 2008 and in general will get some really flaky drivers.

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