New server with FreeBSD

My “server” had been having troubles recently and since last night it officially gave up on me. I believe the drive has failed. I put the server in quotation marks because it’s not really a server, yes it runs server applications but the hardware is far from server quality. It’s just an old laptop so it was bound to to happen someday. I figured that it would be better to get something better and something that I can upgrade better if needed. Yesterday I ordered a new server at Newegg and it’s arriving today.

I ordered a Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX100 S2 which was on sale for $299 with free shipping. I just checked Newegg and the server was sold out, so I guess I was one of the lucky ones.

Some of the specs:

Type                   Tower
CPU                    Type Intel Core i3-540 3.06GHz 2-Core
Installed Memory       4GB
Hard Drive (Installed) 2 x 250 GB
HDD Interface          SATA 3Gb/s
Media Drives           DVD-RW supermulti

I’ll be stepping a little bit out of my comfort zone and not install Ubuntu on the server but will install FreeBSD instead.
The server will be doing the following tasks:

  • DNS for the local network
  • Email, local POP3 and SMTP
  • Web server
  • NAS
  • Torrent Seedbox

The reason I choose FreeBSD is the fact that the server mostly will be used as a NAS and FreeBSD gives me the option to use ZFS. I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about ZFS so I figured I would try it out for myself.

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  • That’s a good price, I ordered something really similar last year and paid $399. I’m not using mine as a seedbox though, it’s hosting some of my smaller ecommerce sites.

  • I love the machine so far. I love FreeBSD as well, I do need to get used to the different layout, but it’s not to bad as I do have some experience with all sorts of *nix flavors (HP-UX, Solaris, Suse, Redhat, Ubuntu).

    I also love how FreeBSD comes basically empty, you need to install almost everything.

  • Dev Null

    How are you liking the Tx100 S2 now that you have had it for some time and how is BSD working out?

    • Peter

      I love the machine, it’s very quiet, which is important as it sits right next to me in my home-office.
      FreeBSD is a breeze, since this post I upgraded to the official 9.0 release. The upgrades went smoothly, although I do remember that after an upgrade my mail server wouldn’t start automatically.

      I’m not running FreeBSD as a desktop, and I’m not on the machine daily, I use it daily but I don’t have to log in on a daily basis. It just runs, it reminds me of the old days when I was a Novell Netware administrator. You set it up and it runs.

      I do wish I had written down all the steps I did for installing everything, like the compile settings and such. If I had to setup a server i a home or small office, I would definitely choose FreeBSD.

  • Dev Null

    Thanks Peter. Are you doing full ZFS? I am looking to do FreeBSD with ZFS on Root on a pair of mirrored microSDHC cards and a 500 GB HDD for the pools and stuff. Glad you like the Fujitsu, hopefully a sale is around the corner and I can snag one for under $300.

    • Peter

      I only have ZFS on my dedicated NAS drives. I read up on ZFS on Root but I didn’t think it was worth the effort, I also needed to setup the machine pretty quickly so I didn’t spend to much time on the whole ordeal.