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Greetings!

I'm beginning the component selection stage of my new server build and I thought I'd see if there was any input or suggestions for directions I've missed.

[b]Use:[/b]
The server runs mixed purposes at the house, with most functions served by virtual machines scaled to their function. These include:[list=1]
[*]Virtualized firewall/routing with vpn termination (this one burns a full cpu core no matter what I put it on, but is well worth it)
[*]Internal dns resolution with dyn-dns update push support
[*]Media/File Server for 4-5 in-house clients
[*]Accounting server
[*]Git Repo
[*]Video Rendering/Transcoding box
[*]Dev server
[*]PBX
[*]Other uses as I become inclined.
[/list]

[b]Current Box:[/b]
Core i7 930 @ 2.8ghz
12gb DDR3
2 TB RAID 10 (fakeraid)
1 TB RAID 1 (boot, also fakeraid)
4 x 1gbps NIC (vlan/physical security)
Server 2k12 DC


[b]New Build: (I'll update as decided)[/b]
I'd like to see at least 8 logical cores here, possibly more to expedite video rendering (I realize this would be faster on the host OS and a new build will likely address this)
24gb ram + (more = merrier, I constantly run low)
2-4TB RAID storage, with actual hardware controller
SSD caching/boot? Is this worth it?

Box will very likely run Ubuntu 12.04 x64 or CentOS 6 x64 with kvm/qemu (I've not yet picked a flavor, open to input here as well)

Odds are the current box will become a workstation, so I'd prefer not to gut it for parts.

Input? This is by no means an unlimited budget, but I'm willing to make an investment to get it right.

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i'd find yourself a workstation motherboard that can handle 64GB+.

this looks fun - http://www.neweggbusiness.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131817

i'd also look towards the Xeon E5 line - those have 8 cores.

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[quote name='Jdawg683' timestamp='1360855945' post='595521478']
i'd find yourself a workstation motherboard that can handle 64GB+.

this looks fun - [url="http://www.neweggbusiness.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131817"]http://www.neweggbus...N82E16813131817[/url]

i'd also look towards the Xeon E5 line - those have 8 cores.
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I think CPU is my biggest hangup at the moment. My i7 930 has been fantastic so far but I tend to think that in the 32gb ram+ area cpu will become a bottleneck.

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Vmware or Hyper-v??

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[quote name='remixedcat' timestamp='1360863452' post='595521714']
Vmware or Hyper-v??
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Very likely KVM on *nix as there's no domain, but hyper-v as a fallback (is what I run now).

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make sure you get hardware that the hypervisor supports if you are using a class 1.

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IF that machine failed - everything including your refrigerator will stop.

I am just kidding but you really are putting all your eggs in 1 basket you need to add more redundancy especially in the hard drive department, those things will be spinning like mad.

P.s. Do you pay licensing for the PBX?

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[quote name='tim_s' timestamp='1360875455' post='595522052']
IF that machine failed - everything including your refrigerator will stop.

I am just kidding but you really are putting all your eggs in 1 basket you need to add more redundancy especially in the hard drive department, those things will be spinning like mad.

P.s. Do you pay licensing for the PBX?
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True, there's quite a bit running on this one machine, but nothing is terribly "critical".

No need for licensing on the pbx, it's FreeSwitch (asterisk branch)

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