I have been keeping an eye out for a server for use with Moodle, I have looked at Dell and some other companys but I dont want to have to spend too much as I have recently bought a new laptop, draining my funds.
Can anyone recommend a low cost way of getting a server fit for a moodle installation 10 - 30 hits a day excluding admin?
Or, if anyone has an old (working) server laying around that they want to get rid of..., of course I would have to give something for it! Dont worry about harddrive as I have two already or specs, trust me, anythings better than my current system.
I look forward to hearing from people,
Have a look at Ebay. If you are *very* brave, you can get some spectacular bargains on stuff like Solaris and HP-UX boxes, that can still be quite powerful.
At the end of the day it depends what you want to use it for. A server is only a server because it is designed to run 24/7 and has things like faster disks and redundant power supplies. You can't give away a two or three year old PC.
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Depends on your bugdet. Are we talking frugal purchase, or you need a "steal." If frugal I have used the following for building low cost VoIP servers. This is more than you need for a single classroom, but the costs if very reasonble.
Dell PowerEdge SC430. $449. With a special on doulbe the RAM right now (total of 1GB).
I can tell you what I did at home. I purchased a $65 compaq mini desktop and I run my mythtv, asterisk phone system, and moodle testing server on it. I am pretty sure with php acceleration I could host a single teachers course on it without too many problems. It might not be really great if they all login at once, but it would probably do ok.
Finally if you are comfortable you can build a really cheap server on new hardware by just purchasing the parts you need you can easily build your own server with new parts for under $300. Even less if you already have a decent hard drive and an ATX case you can recycle. In which case you would just need a motherboard/cpu/ and memory bundle. You can get really good deals right now on Sempron based motherboards. Try looking on http://www.pricewatch.com, and of course ebay.
I replaced a dying motherboard an year ago with an AMD Sempron 2600+. I could use everything else from the old machine, including the 512 MB RAM.
The new setup delivers _much_ more than 30-50 hits/day and running nonstop since then, very quiet and energy saving.
Thanks, Martin, Jonathan, Howard,
I'll keep an eye on ebay, kelkoo and pricewatch.
I may look into building my own when I have some time, at the moment se is testing Moodle before she puts it into place but I am looking ahead as the server HAS to be rebooted at the end of the day, I dont know why.
What sort of price could I build a server for, I have a CD drive, two harddrives one / second swap and I could use my current case and what would I need?
I am having a look at a local hosting service so I'll see how that works out then have a look into building one.
There's something to be said for letting someone else take care of providing a fat data pipe, reliable power, backups, and so on. FWIW, I run two Moodle servers (one on Linux, one on Mac OS X) as part of my job, but chose to go with a web hosting service for the experimental Moodle server I run as a hobby.
I have just asked for a quote from Tadley Web Design and as I know the owner she says she may be able to get me a discount
So I'll see how much that comes to.
I use Site5 for hosting. Fairly cheap but very reliable and have never had a problem with uptime. Any problems I've had (being a newbie) they've helped me out very quickly. You can also get shell access so mainting a site via cvs is a breeze.
Got good deals at the moment and might be worth a look - also have a 60 day money back guarantee so you can test it out a fair bit before actually getting locked into it.
PS I am in no way connected with them ather than being a client
1) used hardware is getting pretty cheap and i got a p3 933 for my home server for 65 $CND out of used computer store. i use it to run asterisk, jinzora and a buch of other stuff
2) cheap new stuff: computer hardware is a joke now and day: for exemple you could get a 1U server for less then 400$
3) Hosting and this is really the solution your looking for. hosting your own server is a lot of trouble. ask yourself
- do i know how to run a server and not get hacked ?
- what will hapen if the cheap machine broke ?
- is my internet connection enought ?
- do i have backup ?
- what hapen in case of a power cut ?