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What Should I Do With Old Servers?

Post by SneakerNet on Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:14 am
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Greetings,

I have 3 Dell R200 servers that are old but still good for messing around on. All are running with Pentium Dual Core 2.4GHz, with 6GB/4GB/4GB RAM, and two 146GB SAS drives in each server using RAID 1. Currently I have CentOS 6.3 loaded on one R200 and the other two have no OS installed. The only two things I can think of doing is creating a VPN and getting familiar with KVM. I don't have access to any Windows Server OS, so I prefer sticking with open source products atm.

Thanks for the insight and I look forward to checking back.
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Re: What Should I Do With Old Servers?

Post by -Ninjex- on Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:21 am
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SneakerNet wrote:Greetings,

I have 3 Dell R200 servers that are old but still good for messing around on. All are running with Pentium Dual Core 2.4GHz, with 6GB/4GB/4GB RAM, and two 146GB SAS drives in each server using RAID 1. Currently I have CentOS 6.3 loaded on one R200 and the other two have no OS installed. The only two things I can think of doing is creating a VPN and getting familiar with KVM. I don't have access to any Windows Server OS, so I prefer sticking with open source products atm.

Thanks for the insight and I look forward to checking back.


Do what you want to do with them of course... You seem to have a goal set in your mind already. You know what inspires you, and what you need/want to learn. Make your goal reality.
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Re: What Should I Do With Old Servers?

Post by WallShadow on Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:44 pm
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SneakerNet wrote:Greetings,

I have 3 Dell R200 servers that are old but still good for messing around on. All are running with Pentium Dual Core 2.4GHz, with 6GB/4GB/4GB RAM, and two 146GB SAS drives in each server using RAID 1. Currently I have CentOS 6.3 loaded on one R200 and the other two have no OS installed. The only two things I can think of doing is creating a VPN and getting familiar with KVM. I don't have access to any Windows Server OS, so I prefer sticking with open source products atm.

Thanks for the insight and I look forward to checking back.


If you're interested in security, i'd recommend setting up various types of servers or hosts and playing around with it. If you're doing anything with crypto, 3 of those things working together could easily be used to crack simple ciphers day and night. Heck, you could even set up a real web server and offer some kind of services like hash cracking or proxying or tor proxying , maybe even sign up for a server sharing program and actually earn yourself some cash.
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Re: What Should I Do With Old Servers?

Post by tgoe on Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:17 pm
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What Should I Do With Old Servers?


plz seed




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Re: What Should I Do With Old Servers?

Post by limdis on Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:19 pm
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tgoe wrote:plz seed

lmao

You could do this:
https://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-doc-relay.html.en
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Re: What Should I Do With Old Servers?

Post by fashizzlepop on Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:45 pm
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Those machines probably aren't powerful enough to use them as encryption crackers. VPN would be fun and you might also be interested in hosting VPSs.
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Re: What Should I Do With Old Servers?

Post by SneakerNet on Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:08 am
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Leasing them out never crossed my mind, that sounds like a great idea. If I bought the cabling, switch, router and a 10U rack, I could potentially rent the thing out to some buddies for their practices.
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Re: What Should I Do With Old Servers?

Post by -Ninjex- on Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:10 am
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SneakerNet wrote:Leasing them out never crossed my mind, that sounds like a great idea. If I bought the cabling, switch, router and a 10U rack, I could potentially rent the thing out to some buddies for their practices.


As long as you are considering me a buddy lol jk.
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Re: What Should I Do With Old Servers?

Post by fashizzlepop on Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:59 am
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You could of course use it as a pen testing environment as well.

In fact, you could rent it out as a pen testing environment or make it private/invite only. Make a virtual instance of DVL and another (or many) of BackTrack and let people use it for pentesting or other rooting challenges.
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Re: What Should I Do With Old Servers?

Post by SneakerNet on Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:07 pm
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fashizzlepop wrote:You could of course use it as a pen testing environment as well.

In fact, you could rent it out as a pen testing environment or make it private/invite only. Make a virtual instance of DVL and another (or many) of BackTrack and let people use it for pentesting or other rooting challenges.


There's an idea, I have the ISO's of DVL and BackTrack that I'll load onto the Dells later this week. I'm interested in the pentesting environment, but have yet to see how much my bill will go up when running all this equipment. I haven't done much researching yet on renting out rack time, but it might be hard matching my overhead without this being a professional environment and not charging near their prices. When I last heard I think the best rate was around $2.50 an hour, maybe I'll be able to get away with $1.75-$2.00 without having cutting edge hardware.
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