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.


  • Hyper-V Server Setup

  • Windows 2008 R2 Server

  • Alfresco Ubuntu Config

    Configuration details for the Alfresco Community document management system on Ubuntu Server 12.04.3 LTS. If you are using the VHD I sent you these settings will apply to you. If you are setting up your system following the instructions I published in the Micro Enterprise Size systems this is your next step. All others, this is only information related to the most common settings and I am not covering all possible configs. Not yet at least.

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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.