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June 1, 2012 8:32:06 AM

ok, I see a few other server questions here so im gonna shoot one for yall

alright so I bought a server yesterday (my first ever) and i know how to build pc's and the software around them and even networking

im just wanting to learn from it but the question is does anyone know any IBM motherboard before or around 2008 that had 4 cpu sockets?, and is capable of running a 2.0ghz xeon m? ive been tryin to figure out about the machine, the guy i bought it from didnt know much

heres what i do know

possible fsb 600mhz

4gb of ddr1 ram
12 scsi hard drives 2, 18gb, and 10 36.4 gb all ibm's eserver, and all run at 15k

also in general if anyone is able to link me to this kinda mb how much power does it suck up or is their a place I can find info on it.. (this server i was told was custom built so it dont look like many ive seen and its heavy like crazy 120 lb's)

this is some pics of the server on craigs.., i didnt pay 200, got it for 150,, please if anyone is able to tell me the board a series of it id be greatfull

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a c 85 G Storage
June 1, 2012 10:13:29 AM

I have a couple of old HP DL560s running 4way Xeon MP 3.0 processors. I don't know of any IBM ones because they're far less common than HP or Dell
June 1, 2012 8:05:43 PM

hmm, when it boots up it shows eserver and ibm, idk if its possible that its a hp or dell...

i did take it apart and saw 4 heat sinks, so i have no idea completely lol, is their anyway to look up the mobo? will cpuid work? reason i ask i dont have it near a powersource at the moment cause its to heavy for myself to lift haha
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a c 85 G Storage
June 2, 2012 5:43:39 AM

HWinfo will tell you all you need to know about the computer. IBM does have an eserver lineup, they're just less common on the end-of-life market than HP and Dell machines
a c 113 G Storage
June 2, 2012 6:40:22 AM

there should be a model number and ser number for the ibm server. you can google that info and get the mb info and repair doc.
most server mb in 2008 were tyan..super
June 2, 2012 6:50:13 AM

i found out what it was not really 2008,
IBM xSeries 255 is this any good or is it just better to get rid of it, idk how much power this thing is sucking up or anythin
a c 85 G Storage
June 2, 2012 6:58:51 AM

that's a pretty sweet storage server. How much did it cost you if you don't mind me asking?
June 2, 2012 7:28:46 AM

I paid 150 for it, and a monitor, keyboard and mouse, no os sadly, im tryin to figure out what to put on it, and tryin to get a hang of it
June 2, 2012 7:31:41 AM

the specs are not as the post on craigs, the real specs are above and i found out its a socket 604mpga
a c 85 G Storage
June 2, 2012 7:39:34 AM

If it looks like this

That's actually a pretty decent fetch for a storage device.

You can load 32 bit Windows Server 2003 R2, 32 bit Windows Server 2008 or any number of Linux distros on it. Sadly you cannot load Windows Server 2008 R2. It would make a sweet file server
June 2, 2012 7:49:14 AM

yes thats it, and thanks have any idea on how much power one of these would consume generally?
a c 85 G Storage
June 2, 2012 7:54:30 AM

not much. The PSU is rated to about 300 watts, it will depend on how many hard drives you have in it.

I did some research, if it is a socket 604 machine it will have

in it, which has 64 bit support. You should run HWInfo64 on it and see what comes up
June 2, 2012 8:12:03 AM

it has 12 eserver running at 15k
a c 85 G Storage
June 2, 2012 8:28:11 AM

so it'll be at the higher end of 350 watts under full load. Still not bad. Either way for 150 bucks I don't think that you got ripped off.

I just bought two of these

There's loads of end-of-life computers on ebay, the 3rd generation HP servers are starting to pop up real cheap
June 2, 2012 8:55:44 AM

sweet, those are nice, i just bought it cause i wanted to learn from it mainly, never done anythin server wise but know quite abit with windows,linux and mac.., just figured this was the next step to mess with

that and i could sell the monitor in town for 50 since i dont need it lol, does windows server 2008 have a trial?, or any recommendations on a linux version?

i know of Ubuntu but not sure how that would be on a server tend to be good on pc's, also is their anythin that i could do to kinda help me format pc's with this? i fix pc's in town one of the reasons why i bought it cause i heard somethin like that
a c 85 G Storage
June 2, 2012 9:11:53 AM

Yeah I do the same thing. I buy end of life hardware just to play with. I have a ton of other rackmounts at home and even an FC-SAN.

If it's a socket 604 processor it will have 64 bit extensions which will allow you to install Server 2008 R2 which has the same kernel and codebase as Windows 7. If you're a student you can get Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2008 R2 for free through the MSDNAA.

Microsoft also has an official trial available here but it is time limited
June 2, 2012 11:55:55 PM

cool, well at the moment i have some college buddys that prob would get it for me fro free, but it will take me a bit to get a hold of them, also where would i get the trial for server 2008 32, cause from what i saw on cpuid, it says its not 64 bit processor's
a c 85 G Storage
June 3, 2012 6:27:14 AM

You'll have to look for EM64T in the "instructions" section
June 6, 2012 10:25:41 PM

its a 32 bit just powered it up, also its a mpga 604 socket, and has 2 Prestonia i believe, might be 4