Got a new(old) Server! Dell Poweredge 2900

So my work was cleaning out a ton of old computers. There had to be like at least 10 pentium 4 desktops with like 256mb ram. A few Celeron desktops with like a gig of ram, but the company president came up to me and asked me if i wanted a few of the old servers. I was like “YES!”. So i went in the back, and he had these two HUGE, heavy ass servers. One was a Dell Poweredge 2600 (Doesn’t Work), and a Dell Poweredge 2900 (Currently running Peppermint OS Four under my desk).

The Dell 2600, doesn’t have any hardrives, but it does have some ancient stuff in it. It has a cd-rom / 3 1/4 inch floppy drive combo..which i though was like .. WOAH. But the thing that brings back memories is the Tape Drive, that is right underneath of it. I haven’t seen one of those in years..haha. So i think i will just use the 2600 as parts, or take it apart for something to do. Then toss it.

The Dell Poweredge 2900, works great! Although the damn thing feels like its over 100lbs. IT IS HEAVY. So here are the specs of it.

CPU/S: Two Xenon Dual Core processors @ 2.55Ghz

RAM: 8GB DDR2

DVD Drive: 16X (thing is slow as hell)

Hardrives: (These things are fast)

1.) 150GB 10k RPM scuzzy

2.) 150GB 10k RPM scuzzy

3.) 150GB 10k RPM scuzzy

4.) 300GB 10k RPM scuzzy

Video Card: AMD ES1000 16mb (Pretty much just makes it possible to see the desktop)

Right now, i dont have the hard drives raided, but i am running peppermint on the 300GB, and i plan on enabling the others as standard partitions. I am currently using it for a media server, and hopefully i will start another private minecraft server, and possibly a PoP3 server.

I had heard that i could even put in a old 512mb PCI express 1.0 card (8x), and play games on it. I dont have one of those cards anymore, and i dont think i really want to buy one, just to be able to do that. Although i am sure this server could play some pretty cool games. Right now it will just be a media server to stream to my PS3 in the living room. I was actually shocked that its alot quieter than my desktop computer is..haha.

Here is a picture of it.

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The Poweredge 2900 is on the left.

Just thought i would share that with you! If i ever decide to do some testing with it, i will let you know. Mostly hardware related anyway. Linux seemed to install just fine on it.

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