Building a Webserver

This is archived content – probably rather outdated and not of use anymore.

Once upon a time, I built my own webserver and had it stored to a remote housing location. This is a report of what I did.

What I wanted: Hardware

– 19″ rack-mount Case, 1 Height Unit (1 HU = ca. 4.5cm), as some housing companies charge per HU
– Cheap but brand mainboard, graphics and lan onboard
– P4@2GHz minimum
– 1 GB RAM minimum
– 2 Harddisks with raid 1
– Power source with 300 Watts minimum
– Good ventilation

What I got: Hardware

– Mainboard Gigabyte GA-8LS533
– Processor P4 2GHz, 512kB, “Northwood”
– Special-Heatsink for P4 in 1HU Case
– 1 GB (2×512 MB) PC133 SD-RAM
– Case 1HU “Dämo” = Ci Rack Server RS1100
– Power Source FSP 300 Watts
– Raid Controller 3ware 7000-2B PCI
– 2x Harddisk Maxtor Diamond Max 120 GB (Raid 1)
– DVD/CD-Laufwerk


To get a new connector backplate that fits with the mainboard, I had to order one at

To reduce noise while setting up the server at my home, I reduced fan power somewhat. See here:

What I wanted: Software

– Linux (Debian Sarge with Kernel 2.6)
– Own Kernel
– A free/cheap admin-tool for managing customer accounts
– Prepare an image CD for easy re-install of the ínitial SW-buildup

What I got: Software

– PD-Admin Server tool (
– Debian Sarge, ISO-Image/Netinstall
– Partitions:
/ 2 GB
/swap 2 GB
/tmp 1 GB
/var 20 GB
/usr 10 GB
/mailpartition 5 GB
/home ca. 80 GB

– There is an own mail partition, so remember to chown/chmod and link it correctly.
– Creating an image CD: I chose Mkcdrec