Now that I'm moved in, I'm getting
harassed told advised
that the 15U system racks cabinet which i've loved, is an eyesore and takes up too much space. I am starting to kinda agree.
While I figure out a new mounting system for a cleaned up and well organized space down here in my finished basement, I am figuring I really do NOT need a full size server and chassis. It takes up far too much room and it's just time to downsize.
What I have now is a Supermicro custom setup comprised of a X9DRi-LN4+ housing 2 x xeon e5-2620 CPU's, and 128Gb DDR3. I'm using 80Gb roughly right now of the 128Gb.
What I'd like to do is probably consolidate one two of the Windows VMs (one is the 2016 essentials version of Windows, and the other is a Server 2016 R2 Std VM. the second houses prtg monitoring and Lansweeper, both roles I could toss on the DC (which I know is ill advised, but, meh, lab). I have two Atlassian based VMs for Jira and Confluence I could easily combine as well. I'm running a couple of other linux boxes (plex, unifi), and windows servers (backups) and a win 10 box (backups to cloud).
I also have a HP Microserver G10 (the lowest specced one) with 8gb memory. I could upgrade that memory to 16gb and plop Plex on it, but I'd rather use a VM as Linux definitley runs Plex better than windows from my experience.
ANYHOW, I need a similar setup to the HP Microserver, in other words a tower that's a bit smaller than a full size rack. I am thinking of building out a new single Ryzen powered host, with 64gb of DDR4, and then moving my storage over (plenty of extra 2Tb HDDs) into a single Raid 6 array. I will need pcie for the Freepbx vm and it's FXO/FXS card, and of course one slot for the 10Gb SFP+ controller. I also thought about doing a bit more ram and ditching the stand alone pfsense box and going virtual with it (right now PfSense is housed on an HP T620 Plus).
Is there anything pre-built that's worth spending the $ on vs self building? Trying to weigh options. But as I told my wife, I'll gladly downsize, but it's gonna cost some $$ :) Obviously I'm not going crazy but if I do this, it's gotta last a long while (usually at least 5 years for the servers if not longer) so hardware has got to be good.
Edit: Here is a possible build...thoughts?