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Building a New Home Server: Introduction

I am currently in the planning stages of building a new home server to replace my HP MediaSmart EX470 and the rack-mounted boxes in my lab. I am confident that I can build a machine that performs all of my lab duties, as well as the functions of my home server (account synchronization, serving media, storing computer backups).

I plan on installing VMWare vSphere Hypervisor on the machine and installing the following VMs:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – act as a domain controller for the home network
  • pfSense – router/firewall for the home network, as well as a VPN provider (site-to-site and road-warrior)
  • something to serve up Active Directory-protected shares (individual user network spaces and computer backup repository) and public/anonymous read-only shares (media)
  • various Linux VMs for lab purposes

I plan on posting more parts as this comes along and will cover topics including hardware selection, software selection (for the NAS part), and configuration.

Rolling My Own Email Server

The other day, I came across an excellent article on replacing Gmail with your own solution. As great as it was, it is really only meant for a single user and isn’t scoped to providing email for people who will never SSH into the mail server. So, I began to search out a build for a good mail server.

What I Think I’ll Be Using

  • Debian as the OS. Debian is my go-to for Linux servers, as it is stable and has a fairly small footprint.
  • Postfix for my MTA. I played with exim4, but didn’t care for it much. We’ll see.
  • Dovecot for IMAP access.
  • AMaViS, ClamAV, and SpamAssassin for keeping things safe and sane.

I’ll check back as my build progresses and things get online.