|Apple Xserve Server|
I had an old Xserve server laying around and wanted to put it to good use. My current Plex server is going away, so this will serve as the replacement. The Xserve line has long since been discontinued by apple and is no longer supported. What is the best solution to bring any old server back to life? Install Linux on it, of course!
Model: Intel Xserve3,1 (2009) Processor: 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Memory: 12 GB 1066 MHz RAM Network: 2x Intel 82574L Gigabit Network Storage: (3 high speed SAS drives, but not important as controller is not supported) Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM Expansion: * 2x PCIe 2.0 ×16 * 3x USB 2.0 * 2x Firewire 800 * 1x RS-232 serial
amazon for about $10.
Ubuntu Server ISO
After downloading the Ubunut Server 14.04.1 LTS ISO (ubuntu-14.04.1-server-amd64.iso), I burned it to a CD-ROm with ImgBurn.
Install to USB Drive
SanDisk drive, but I am completely biased. :-)
To boot from the install CD, hold down the "Alt" key as the system boots.
For the partitioning scheme, I am not a fan of LVM (had to many bad experiences trying to recover from issues), so I chose the "Guided - use entire disk" option.
Congratulations on completing the installation.