House Server [locutus]

My House Server [locutus]

Like any geek of computers, I had to have a house server - not just for the sake of it though, this one is actually very useful, especially when it's connected to the house's Gigabit Network and Multimedia System!

This is actually the 3rd encarnation of my house server:

Version 1.0 [data]

My original server changed roles into a media PC that sat underneath the telly (and was subsequently replaced by a more powerful one that attached to the back of the telly, which was in turn replaced by a Raspberry Pi). As a server, it did its job well but it sometimes stuttered streaming music to multiple destinations.

Version 2.0 [v-ger]

All services (and files from many, many years) were transferred onto a more powerful Mini ITX PC which ran almost flawlessly for many years, until...

Version 2.1 [v-ger]

I had to upgrade the motherboard as the original one developed a fault. However, with the announcement that Crashplan were to drop their "home" service, I thought is was a good time to ruggedise my home server...

Version 3.0 [locutus]

Physically bigger box, faster processor, but more importantly a ZFS RAID file system - meaning that accidental file deletions or the odd corruption were handled easily - leaving just the problem of total loss of data to worry about (a cloud backup solution takes care of that though).

The server runs FreeNAS version 11.2 and has drive redundancy for two of the four drives failing.

Along with this, FreeNAS Jails and a Linux Virtual Machine allow me to re-produce any of the services that I still require!

Services (well, it is a server after all!)

It currently provides all of these services:

My House Server [locutus]
My House Server [locutus]

Anyway, here are locutus' specifications:


Tower: Dell PowerEdge T30 (mini tower server)
Processor: Quad Core Intel Xeon E3-1225 v5 (3.3GHz)
RAM: 2x SK Hynix HMA41GU7AFR8N (2133MHz ECC DDR4 16GiB total)
OS Storage:
(ZFS mirror)
Sandisk Ultra Fit (16GB USB 3.0 - FreeNAS filesystem)
Sandisk Ultra Fit (16GB USB 3.0 - FreeNAS filesystem)
RAID-Z2 Storage:
(6TB usable; dual drive failure protection)
Bay 0: Western Digital Red (3TB)
Bay 1: Western Digital Red (3TB)
Bay 2: Western Digital Red (3TB)
Bay 3: Western Digital Red (3TB)
Optical Drive: Hitachi-LG Data Store GU90N (Super Multi DVD Writer)
Monitor: DELL P2418D (24inch 16:9, 2560x1440 IPS panel)
Keyboard / Mouse: Logitech Cordless Desktop Comfort Laser
KVM Switch: Belkin F1DN104Cea (Secure 4-port DVI-I, USB2.0, audio & CAC)
Battery Backup UPS: Eaton Ellipse ECO (800VA)

Retired Services:

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