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    Recommendations for a small footprint server, please

    Hi,

    After a lot of frustration trying to get SS to work on my desktop after upgrading to Vista Ultimate I have decided to look at buying something small, cheap-ish and preferably quiet to use as a dedicated server on my network.

    I have looked at the various NAS options on the forum ... but I am afraid that I have lost my enthusiasm for digging into code and hacking boxes to get them to work. What I really want is something I can get off the shelf and have a very high level of confidence that it will work as soon as I install SS on it.

    Does anyone use a Mac Mini, for instance? Is it up to the job? I wouldn't really want to spend any more than the cost of an entry level Mac Mini ... about ú400 here in the UK.
    Are there other options with a similarly small footprint?


    Thanks in advance for any suggestions,
    John

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    Try a Shuttle (http://shuttle.com) system
    or look at:
    http://www.epiacenter.com/modules.php?name=Topics

    for small form factor resources.

    Even cooler run your squeezebox with the way cool
    SlimCD
    http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=36538
    Bob Harper

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    On the cheap, go for HP/Compaq Evo USDTs (Ultra Slim Desk Top), either s/h 510 or 530 modells or the currrent line (550?). Works a treat!

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    I run a fall 2005-vintage Mac mini [1.8ghz] with a firewire HD, works great and I haven't even upgraded the RAM. I run it headless and use VNC when I need to control it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobharp View Post
    Try a Shuttle (http://shuttle.com) system
    I had a shuttle few years back and when it expired (well, I modded it slightly...) I replaced it with Asus Pundit. It is cheaper and slimmer, very good.

    Teemu

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    i love my mini and HIGHLY recommend it (to anyone that will listen actually)

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    If you're looking for something to run some recent flavor of Linux, you might try:

    http://minipc.aopen.com/Global/spec.htm

    Now some of the bits on these machines *may be* too new for drivers to have been written, but a little research should tell the tale.

    If you're looking for something even smaller, there are many DIY, low-power setups that would run Slimserver quite well.

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    i run slimserver on an older Mac Mini G4 (1.25) that I picked up second-hand and can highly recommend it. A great cheap alternative! Its run headless, and use VNC when necessary for updates, etc.

    i upgraded the HD to 160GB and everything else is stock - even the RAM which is only 512mb. been running well over a year now with no issues at all. and best part...it looks good in the lounge too

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    See my post:
    http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...394#post213394

    The nano-ITX box in the photo I attached is an eBox model 3850. It can be had for a reasonable price here:
    http://www.wdlsystems.com/ebox/ebox.shtml

    My total cost for the whole thing was about $1k. I have 750 GBytes of storage, and very fast response time from the little server running Michael's SlimCD. The system is also extremely quiet - no fan.

    -Ron
    Living Room: SB Touch + DIY PSU > CI Audio VDA.2 DAC + VAC.1 PSU > VRX.1 cables > Emotiva XSP-1 Gen 2 preamp + XPA-DR2 amp > Blue Jeans cables > B&W 804 speakers
    Laptop: System76 Galago + Ubuntu 16.04 + Squeezelite + Vivaldi/Material Skin > Emotiva Little Ego DAC > Grado PS500 headphones
    Bedroom: RPi Zero W + Squeezelite > miniBOSS DAC HAT > Bose SoundLink Revolve
    Phone: Pixel 3a + SB Player + Material APK > Senn IE80 earbuds
    Server: Puget Systems Serenity + Ubuntu 18.04 + LMS 8.0

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    Thank you all for your replies. I am going to start working through all of the options suggested over the next couple of days. I hadn't realised that there were so many options available.

    The SlimCD approach looks very interesting. I definitely need to have a closer look at it.

    John

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