I’ve recently decided to repurpose my HP N40L Proliant MicroServer, loaded in some spare 500GB hard drives (bringing the total to 4x 500GB split between Western Digital Caviar Blue and generic Hitachi drives) and put Ubuntu Server 14.04 on it.
Preface HP produces a brilliant (in my experience) line of microservers under the ProLiant label and I managed to pick up an N40L some time ago on special at my local computer shop.
Outdated Given the work that’s gone into my tech setup so far, I think it’s time to step back and take a look at the current tech infrastructure setup that I have going on.
File Server Hardware AMD Athlon X4 processor 8GB RAM 6x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drives Services GitLab CE site running as private code repository and version control system CIFS/SMB file shares for 5x of the drives provided by Samba rsync-based backup system duplicating important files on a secondary drive and also on the remote server rsync-based backup also collects and stores database backups from development/production servers Development Server Hardware AMD E350 Fusion platform 4GB RAM 60GB SSD Services Dropplet-based blog for testing themes, reporting on mental health and as an outlet for Snowy Ghost-based blog for testing themes and miscellaneous purposes DNS server to allow easier access to resources within the private network of my home Dokku PaaS implementation to allow efficient rollout of development applications MongoDB instance to store key-value data Remote Server Hardware $20 Digital Ocean instance Dual core processor 2GB RAM 40GB SSD 3TB monthly data transfer Services Main website host Dropplet-based blog for keeping track of Operations/Administration adventures and providing tutorials on these topics Ghost-based blog for keeping track of Development adventures and providing tutorials on related topics Dokku PaaS implementation to allow efficient rollout of production applications MongoDB instance to store key-value data
Alright, despite what I said in a previous article, my Dokku installation didn’t actually go through at the time on either the development or production server for some reason.
I’ve since rectified that and managed to get a full install on both machines and even gotten as far as pushing an app to my development server before discovering one tricky flaw that I probably should have seen; Docker containers don’t interact normally with the rest of the machine.
Success! It is alive! My reformatted file and GitLab server is alive and kicking! I’ve reformatted and partitioned the remaining 5x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green drives and created a full-size ext4 partition on each one. They’re also set to automount on boot to folders in /mnt that are named based upon the drive’s purpose (miscellaneous, steamapps, backups, etc). I’ve also started a Samba daemon (and written a tutorial for it!
Alrighty then, it appears the file server component of my storage machine is finally up and running, has survived a reboot and had a test write&read from both Windows (via SMB/CIFS, you know, Samba) and Linux (via the host machine). So now I’m going to run through a quick tutorial in setting up Samba on Ubuntu 14.04 (I’ve used a headless Server edition but whatever floats your boat) so you too can work towards creating a networked file server.
I’ve always loved accessing things via SSH, it’s nifty, quick and way more secure than trying to telnet into a device. Something cool that I’ve setup recently though is SSH access sans password! It’s not incredibly difficult and the end result has some nifty benefits, particularly the ability to script SSH sessions with commands without you needing to be there to type a password. The first one that came to mind for me was cron and rsync combos for regular, secure, remote backups but it also allows you to do some neat stuff with PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) implementations like Heroku or in my case, Dokku.
So there’s been a few days worth of space since my last update here and that time has been mercifully filled with catching up on sleep, watching TV and backing up my FreeNAS old file server (finally, it is complete!).
I’ve installed Ubuntu Server 14.04 x64 on to one of the drives and proceeded to install GitLab on top of that. It’s an open source collaborative software development suite that I’ve been interested in starting up to store the various projects that I don’t want to put on my GitHub account because I don’t consider them mature enough, or they’re private or I’m just being neurotic about it.
So how has everything been running so far? While distracted by sub-par pizza I’ve managed to get some work done in the past 48 hours.
Starting with developing ideas of how I want my systems to exist, I’ve reformatted the AMD E-350 + 60GB SSD server to Ubuntu server 14.04 x64 and loaded some basic tools (including Bind9 and nginx). I’ve also done a lot in terms of backing up the FreeNAS file server; a task upon itself.
“Your post text starts here.”
The immortal words that echo a new platform. I’m starting this blog, likely temporarily and mostly because I wanted to explore alternative options in the blogging and CMS sphere; straying from Tumblr and even flirting with PHP in this case.
What brought me to Dropplets? Mania-induced lack of sleep and the fine tutorials (project ideas) and great prices (deal cement) of Digital Ocean (my referrer link).