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Server newb in shared living wants advice on building a server for system administration learning

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Nov 12, 2011
I have 6 other roommates who are on our network. I don’t own the network. I want to build a cheap server to learn more and more about being a system admin. Any advice on how to set up a cheap server in this environment?


Oct 16, 2014
Waterville, Maine
Use some left over gaming components to build a linux based server. make onboard video, network expansion card and fast storage device a priority. Setup daily backups and weekly backup of backups.
Pickup at least a couple Raspberry PI's...

You can start developing behind the isp modem as the primary router.
Later, build a router with PFSense or a custom OS. Request from your ISP to bridge your modem to your router with a public address block.


Benching Team Leader
May 29, 2005
build a virtualization host with something like proxmox, KVM, virtualbox, or vsphere and learn to setup different types of machines/servers. Depends on what part of system admin you are wanting to do, as that is a super vague statement (Imaging, DNS, Active Directory, Webhosting, File Shares, Networking, Cybersecurity, Backup/Redundancy, etc are all sub-areas of being a SysAdmin but rarely do you do all of that in a job.

Also, at least both VMware and Microsoft have free hands-on-labs as well.