Since the last update (all the way back in 2018), a lot of things have changed about my home server setup.
Replacing the Proliant
While very flexible in terms of upgrades and modifications, the 4U HPE Proliant tower server I have been using since the start of 2018 proved itself to be quite inefficient. It drew an enormous amount of power, made quite a racket and in return did not offer a whole lot of performance.
For the longest time (even before getting the Proliant), I had dreamed of a simplistic SFF PC sitting alongside a Synology NAS, and this is exactly what I’ve ended up with.
The ThinkCentre M93p is certainly not the newest system I could’ve chosen, however its popularity in corporate environments means it can be picked up from e-waste and e-recycling centres on the used market for relatively cheap prices, especially given the performance available. My machine features a 4th generation i7 (full specs here) which benchmarks many times faster than the 2011-era Xeon in the HPE.
My Proxmox configuration remains largely unchanged from last post, with the migration being very straightforward.
To house my data, I needed something to replace the drive bays and RAID card in the HPE. My wallet was not a fan, but I eventually decided on a Synology DS218. It’s quite overpriced for the specs you get, however I don’t regret picking it up. The ARM CPU and puny amount of RAM are not a massive problem when this is not the primary application server.
Synology’s DSM operating system is really rather swish, and is definitely the selling point of a Synology unit. Setting everything up was a breeze and performance is much more stable than the setup I was using before.
For better wireless performance, I replaced my access point with a Vodafone THG3000. This is connected to a Ubiquiti Edgeswitch 24 Lite and routing is handled by an EdgeRouter X.
My Pi 0W is still going strong running Pi-Hole, but the web server on my Pi 3B’s has been changed from Apache to NGINX.
For more information and specs, I have a small Wiki where I note things down. It can be found at wiki.fishys.space. Of course, it’s hosted on the Thinkcentre in a Proxmox container.
It’s always nice to have some vague aspirations, so here’s a few I have for my setup:
- Eventually replace my Edge equipment with UniFi. Potentially a Dream Machine?
- Set up some cheap CCTV cameras to record to UniFi Protect or Synology Surveillance Station
- Properly VLAN things out
- Set up a Windows AD Domain
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