UPDATE: 3/19 – I have the server updated with the latest distro packages, and now configured as LAMP with Apache2, MySQL5, and PHP. Working on getting WordPress installed and operational next. After that, there is quite a bit of WordPress content, plugins, and configurations to move over as well as to recreate a number of folders and files from the original machine. It will be a few days yet before a move to the new hardware is ready to attempt. – Anthony
Thanks to the generous donations of many people here, I was able to purchase a new fully configured (and guaranteed for 3 years for parts) Linux based server to be the new home of CA. It is shown below after I first fired it up to make sure it survived the shipping:
For anyone interested, here are the specs:
Intel SR1500ALR 1U server platform
- Memory 2 GB – 2 x 1 GB DDR2 667 MHz ECC Registered Fully Buffered
- Operating System Ubuntu 8.10 Server Edition 32 bit
- Optical Drive CD-RW / DVD
- Power Supply 600 Watt Power Supply
- Processor Quad Core Intel Xeon E5410 2.33 GHz 1333 MHz FSB 12 MB L2 65 nm
- RAID Battery Backup no RAID Battery Backup
- Hot Swap 3ware Hardware RAID 5 – 3 x 250 GB Seagate Barracuda drives
Due to the number of fans, it sounds like a jet plane. Lots of air moving – a good thing. This machine should be able to handle a fair amount of load and at the same time be more reliable.
I’m now working on getting it configured and ready to put WordPress on. Once this system is up and running in parallel with full backup data from the original, I’ll drive to the CoLo and do the swap. The downtime should be minimal.
With the extra cash sent, I’m purchasing some extra cold spares and an external USB drive to use for off-chassis backup via a cron job. We’ll also setup an offsite backup as well.
Again, thanks to everyone that helped out!