So I’ve decided to go the virtualization route in order to save energy (i.e. don’t put so much money into the hands of PEPCO who, by the way, is raising rates again by 10% this summer to offset the higher cost of fuel for their power plants — it amazes me that the energy companies don’t get it that they really need to start investing in alternative energy NOW — not later!) and reduce the carbon footprint of my network. I’ve salvaged an Antec Performance Plus 660B case from the Montessori school where I manage their network and it’s already got a lot of parts. Interestingly it already has a 430W power supply in it (as opposed to the original 330W power supply that comes standard with the case). Anyway, I’m going to salvage as much as possible and build the new server with the following components:

Component Number
ASUS L1N64-SLIWS/B Dual 1207(F) NVIDIA nForce 680a SLI SSI CEB Server Motherboard 1
AMD Opteron 2346 HE 1.8GHz Socket F 55W Quad Core Processor 2
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler 2
Seasonic M12II SS-430GM 430W ATX 12V 2.2/EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply 1
Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Server Memory 4

This should make the system an 8 core, low-power, system with 16GB of memory. The goal is to put Ubuntu Server 8.04 (or better) on it and run VMWare Server. Then I’ll convert all of my physical machines into virtual machines and run them on this one system. I figure I’ll save about $30 per month on my electricity bill.

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