My Small Cloud Build S1200BTL Pro

Project Name: MySmallCloud.Com Build S1200BTL Pro
Author: Murray Wennerlund

System Overview:

This small low power consuming power house offers RDWeb, VPN, VDI, RD, DNS, DHCP, AD, IIS, Webmail, Email, Service Portal, Applications, Storage, LDAP and more.
This system breaks all the rules IT has put in place regarding "Who" can build like a Systems Administrator. Once you build your first system, test and break it you'll be on your way to building a long lasting systems this day forward.

System Design Goal:
You're a business owner and you've been at the edge of the IT world for years. You've heard all the sales talk and the stories about how you cannot manage your own server. It's time to toss those stories out and join the thousands of small business server owners.

Hardware components: About $1,500.00.
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  1. Intel S1200BTL 1U Server
  2. E3 class Intel Xeon E31240 3.30GHz
  3. 2 to 8TB of storage, Seagate or Western Digital 2TB, 1TB or 500GB drives. (Not, the 1200 series offers a total of 5 SATA 4 internal and 2 external. When you expand in this design your Backup drives will be externally connected to a simple drive bay RAID.
  4. 8Gb x 4 for 32Gb of Micron or Samsung DDR3 ECC Unbuffered NON Registered
  5. Watchguard XTM 330

Software Components: About $1,400.00
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  1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard (License 1 physical, 1 virtual install)
  2. Windows 7 Pro
  3. Windows 8 Pro
  4. Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop (free but not so easy)
  5. SmarterMail Enterprise (Single domain)
  6. SmarterMail Service Ticket (Single domain)

Network Components: About $860.00 to $1,080.00 
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  1. XTM 330 VPN/Firewall
  2. Network Switch
  3. Wireless AP 
  4. Cables and misc.

Miscellanious Components and Supplies: About $
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  1. Heat sink compound
  2. Shop towels
  3. Hand cleaner
  4. Compressed air (dry is best)
  5. Antistatic matt.


  • SmarterMail Server

    SmarterTools Email Server matched with your XTM 330 Firewall by Watchguard. Making your Reverse, Banner, DNS match the way it should with the correct settings that still make you safe. You can stop your Servers Replies and make your Firewall do the talking. This should be a good starting point before I start to compare how you handle your postal mail at home to that of your corporate office. No worries, it will be fun and only painful to IT.

  • Alfresco Community DMS Upgrade

    Upgrade Alfresco Community 4.0f to 5.0c with PortgreSQL The simple short version. One, Backup your PortgreSQL data. Two, Backup your alf_data contentstore and solr4 folders. others as needed but not your postgresql. Three, install a new fresh version of Alfresco 5.0c. Four, copy your backup files. Five, restore your database from your backup.

  • Equipment List 02

    Finding and matching your software with your server system. Here is my list of software purchases with links to where I purchased the software. If you find it cheaper or like a different vendor feel free but do not ask about changing software of this design. Well, you can but that is when my fee starts.

  • Equipment List 03

    Network devices, components and appliances. Everything your new server is going to need or want on your network. That is less your printers and faxes, IDS and a few other things that are not in this design.

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If you are an owner operator, salesperson, IT consultant, business owner of less than 25 total devices this IT infrastructure design may suit your needs.