Home Server Setup

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I like to tinker, a lot. Installing and trying out software is fun. Some of it gets uninstalled almost immediately, but other stuff last longer and maybe even gets real use. While this blog is hosted externally for various practical and security reasons, most of the stuff I play with is installed on my PCs at home. Currently as well as various laptops in the house I have:

My setup isn’t quite this messy. Not quite
  • HP G3 600 Mini
    • Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7500T CPU @ 2.70GHz 2.71 GHz
    • 32GB RAM
    • Windows 10 Operating system (cannot be upgraded to Windows 11)
    • Two 16TB external USB hard drives to handle anything I might need to store
  • Lenovo ThinkCenter
    • Intel Core(TM) i3-3220 CPU
    • 4GB RAM
    • Ubuntu Headerless 22.04.3 LTS
    • One 16TB and Two 8TB external HD drives to enable back up of everything on the primary storage

The Lenovo was my original server, an old machine purchased used and Windows replaced by Ubuntu due to it’s limited memory. I was really starting to push its limits though with how much I had installed which is when I got the HP G3. I’ve left that one running windows for ease of use and the Lenovo is mostly relegated to running backups at the moment.

The biggest use of my home servers is as media-servers. Initially using Plex (which I still have running) but I’ve since added JellyFin as an alternate way of playing movies, tv and music, and other more specialized software.

  • Plex – Tv, Movies, Music, Photos
  • JellyFin – Tv, Movies, Music
  • AudioBookShelf – AudioBooks and Podcasts
  • Immich – Photos
  • Codex – Comicbooks