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Microserver Configured

I recently hauled a brand-spanking-new HP Microserver Gen8 back from the UK, and I’ve been configuring it to render my Drobo FS NAS and Pi Webserver obsolete.

The server runs FreeNAS 9.10 to provide network-attached storage to my home network. FreeNAS also allows users to run virtual machines via the VirtualBox hypervisor. This enabled me to replace my Pi webserver with a Centos 7 virtual machine running a LAMP stack for hosting both Bendayo and I also have a Windows 10 Pro VM on standby for testing software or running windows-only utilities.

I’m currently having some issues with mySQL crashing due to memory restrictions / my awful configs in the Centos virtual machine. I’m looking forward to getting my head around it over the coming weeks.

I’ve replaced some of the stock hardware in the Gen8 Microserver, and I’ll do a rundown in a future post. Until then, why not consider getting your own Microserver?

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So Long, Apache

Apache just retired from my web server. I’ll tell you why.

As a noob to hosting my own website I cut my teeth on a LAMP installation (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) when I was setting up my first Raspberry Pi (Model 2b). It currently hosts Bendayo and my wife’s illustration portfolio.

While browsing around for info on Pi networking I kept hearing the names NGiNX and MariaDB. People were claiming huge cuts in resources and load times, so ultimately I had to check it out for myself…

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Server Upgraded to Raspberry Pi 3

Since December last year, both and had been running on my Raspberry Pi 2 Model B server. Recently the Raspberry Pi Foundation released their newest model, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, and I decided to grab one as a replacement.

The main differences are:

  • A 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU
  • 802.11n Wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

Of all the new features, I’m solely interested in the increased clock speed of the CPU. 300Mhz is a big jump – 25% faster than the Pi 2. Hopefully it will make the server more snappy when serving files, processing scripts, and performing daily backups.

The server is hard-wired into the network, so I’m looking forward to an update of raspi-config, the Pi configuration utility, that would allow Pi 3 users to disable the onboard wifi/bluetooth radios. I have no use for them and would prefer to reduce the RF noise near to my home studio.

I’ve noticed it runs a little hotter than the Pi 2, and I have it contained in a metal case. I’ll update the site if there are any cooling issues to be concerned about.