Cool stuff to do with bunch of unused computers?
March 19, 2007 2:09 AM Subscribe
I've got a bunch of HP DC7100 SFF Pentium 4 computers sitting on a table at work, left over from people who have migrated to using laptops as their primary workstations. Any ideas for cool stuff I could do with them?
I'm going to a 4-day VMware Infrastructure training later next month, so at that point I'll probably use some of them for experimenting with the capabilities of VMware ESX Server. Another thing I've thought of is experimenting with imaging servers like the ones by Acronis. Both are things that might actually even end up being useful to the employer.
But there's got to be some cool, not necessarily work-related stuff to do out there. I enjoy learning things just for their own sake, so no suggestion, however small the reward may be for the trouble, is automatically out of the question.
I'm a Mac user, though Windows is inevitable at work. I've got an interest in Linux in various server functions (I've got a multi-purpose Linux server in a closet at home), so all suggestions involving Linux (or Linux-to Win/Mac interaction) are welcome. Things like distributed filesystems or clustering come to mind, but I don't really know where to start or where to go with them.