Saturday, January 02, 2010

Hello VM Zoo

So I wax a little nostalgic below, but the reason for all of that is the new machine now in residence here at Bitboy Command Center. I have built a new server of servers, actually. I'm calling it the "VM Zoo." It's a Supermicro X8SIL-F motherboard, Xeon 3450 CPU, and 16GB of ECC DDR3 RAM running Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V. I'm currently running 3 VMs on it - an SBS 2008 server, a Win 2003/BES server, and an Ubuntu 9.10 server. This one machine I built for about $1300 has replaced 2 physical servers and allowed me to add a few more if I want, and taught me an awful lot about Hyper-V, P2V conversions, and virtualization. I recommend it highly - it's simplified my living room a lot already.

Goodbye Bitbox...

This is what 10 years of faithful service looks like. Supermicro P6SBS motherboard, Pentium II 300MHz SL2W8 stepping, 512MB SDRAM, a 4GB and a 9GB Wide SCSI Hard Disk, all in an Inwin A500 midtower ATX case and hand assembled at the Bitboy Command Center. Booted Red Hat Linux 7.2 in 2001, rebooted maybe twice a year since then, mostly for moves or long power outages. If you sent me e-mail in the last 10 years, it ended up on this machine, humming quietly in my living room. Remote mail access via ssh and pine, the way God intended. Apache serving web pages you edited in vi, like men did when the web was young.

I learned much at your shell prompt, old friend. Your lessons made me strong in the ways of Unix, and kept me humble in the face of misplaced semicolons. No e-wasting for you, no recycler will tease the gold from your traces. A frame on the wall for your motherboard, a place of honor for your drives. Bitbox, you leave a fine legacy, and you will be remembered when nerds gather to tell tales of the servers they have known.