Looting

I’ve really hit the jackpot lately with acquiring “new” equipment. Several weeks ago, a guy from my LUG (Linux User Group) sent a message to our mailing list saying he had a few old servers to get rid off. I was looking to scrap some of my old parts together to make one to run Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 at Crestview, so I quickly replied and secured dibs on a Dell PowerEdge 350. Several emails later, he had a better server that he was retiring, and also a few other goodies thrown in, so I made plans to go pick it up.

When I met Sean in Charlotte to get the stuff, this is what I ended up coming home with:

  • Dell PowerEdge 350 (1u)
  • Celeron 700
  • 512MB RAM
  • 40GB HD
  • 2x 10/100 NIC
  • Dell PowerEdge 350 (1u)
  • Celeron 700
  • 384MB RAM
  • 40GB HD
  • 2x 10/100 NIC
  • SuperMicro Server (2u)
  • Intel P3 1.26Ghz
  • 1GB RAM
  • No HD
  • 1×10/100 NIC
  • IBM 2104-DU3 SCSI Disk Array
  • 2x 18.2GB 10,000RPM Ultra160 SCSI Drive
  • 6x IBM Ultrastar 36.7GB 10,000RPM Ultra320 SCSI Drive

I brought it all home, setup the one server at church and the rest is sitting idly in my basement while I try to figure out what to do with it all. If I can find a controller card for it and ensure it works properly, I may bring the IBM Disk Array to work and use it along with iscsitarget as a backup location for my VMware stuff.

So, after acquiring the Dell PowerEdge 2950 for work a few weeks ago, I’ve been dreaming about getting a nice server cabinet to house the stuff. I maxed out our little 18U wall-mount APC NetShelter a long time ago, and it’s too shallow for this new server anyway. I quickly realized there was no chance of getting approval to purchase a new one as a 48U cabinet from Dell is about $900. I shopped around a few other places and found similar, or worse pricing and then decided to shoot a message to the LUG mailling list asking if anyone knew of a place in the Charlotte area to get used equipment like that. A few days later, Jack responded with this:

I have a full-size APC rack, with front & rear doors and rolling casters, just sitting in my garage. I used to host several sites for friends & non-profits, but I’ve since moved them to GoDaddy. You are welcome to have the rack, including all equipment inside:

  • Compaq DLT Array
  • Compaq SCSI Array (with drives)
  • Compaq 6500 Quad P-200
  • Compaq 5000 (may not work)
  • Compaq 15″ CRT
  • Compaq 8-way KVM switch
  • Compaq Keyboard w/ trackball
  • Rack-mounted power strip
  • Misc cables (scsi, ethernet, power cords, etc)

Like I said, you are welcome to it all. I don’t have a truck, so you have to come get it (I suggest brining a few guys with you).

I uploaded the pics to Flickr yesterday, so you can see that photo set here if you’re interested.

If you’re in the need for some old computer equipment, you might want to get in touch with me…