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Why a Home Server?

For the most part - so I could run software without depending on the stability, capacity, or uptime of my desktop machine. At first, this was just for homelab type uses, experimenting with operating systems, software configurations, and the like to learn and pick up skills in different software stacks. As it grew, though, I started coming to rely on the home server for more permanent installations and more often personal reasons.

System Stats:

  • Chassis: Dell PowerEdge R720XD
  • CPU: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2640 @ 3.000GHz
  • RAM: 96GB DDR3 ECC
  • Data Storage: 6x 2TB HDD (RaidZ2, Data)
  • OS Storage: 2x500GB (Raid1, OS)
  • OS: Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS
  • Hypervisor: QEMU / KVM
  • Containers: Docker

Hosted Services

  • pfSense
  • Apache2 Reverse Proxy
  • NextCloud
  • Jellyfin
  • Self-Hosted Gitlab
  • Minecraft Servers

SRV.HOME - Drives and Such

So I’ve been playing around… Alright, so the H310 from the Art of Server came through - after figuring out the latch on the motherboard, it was an easy drop-in replacement, and it is tested to be working fine....Read More

SRV.HOME - Setting up the operating system.

The R720XD has a couple drive bays in the back. These are 2.5” SFF drives. I am populating them with a couple repurposed 500GB Dell drives to fill the role of the operating system storage....Read More

SRV.HOME - Getting Started 2020-01-05

Chassis and Parts So far, I’ve got most of the stuff to get started sans a couple parts. I’m basing this build on the Dell R720XD - which recently became affordable on the second-hand market, and will be replacing my R710....Read More