FREE: Celestix 2U x86 network appliance with SAS, 8 x 1GbE, etc

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BlueFox

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Now free! I will give this away in one week (on the 15th) to anyone that is interested. Terms are as follows:
  • You've been a member since 2016 or have at least 50 posts as of the 1st of January, 2018.
  • You pay for shipping (live in 85016 if you wish to estimate costs)
  • You're in the continental US (normally ship internationally, but this just isn't going to be worth the postage)
  • You promise to actually use the thing and not just resell it
  • You reply to this thread between January 9-14th stating your interest
  • If multiple people are interested, one will be picked at random
  • If the selected person changes their mind or doesn't follow through, another will be picked at random
  • I get to disqualify anyone or alter the terms as I see fit
Please don't PM me unless you have questions about the unit as I won't count that for the sake of fairness. If there's more than one person, I'll add everyone's post number to a pool and have something pick one at random to determine who gets it. Thanks!


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So, I've had this thing sitting in my condo's storage unit for probably 5 years now. I don't even remember why I bought it (probably because it was rare and I've never seen one up for sale since). It is essentially brand new and comes in the original box with all the expected accessories like rails (I don't think it was ever actually used). Exact model is a Celestix WSA 8200. These ran Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010 on top of Windows Server 2008 R2 (COA still attached on top). Believe it or not, Celestix is supporting Forefront until 2023!

Specifications include 2 x Xeon E5620s, 8 x 1gbit Intel NICs, an Adaptec hardware SAS RAID card (with 4 hot-swap bays), redundant power supplies and more. SAS HBA can be swapped out for any other PCIe card as you can wire up the drive bays to the internal SATA ports. There is an embedded CF slot as well. It can be expanded to have 10gbit NICs or 24 x 1gbit, but modules are hard to find. Also has IPMI, but I've not tried getting that working. Just add a drive and RAM and you'll be set (confirmed working with my SAS SSDs).

Hopefully one of you thinks this is a nice looking toy to play with, even if the processors are a bit dated. You can find custom LCD/knob drivers for the unit with a quick Google search (I can also provide 32 bit Windows ones from an older Celestix unit that I personally used for many years). $149 + shipping (see above) and you can call it yours? Please help me make more room in my storage unit and make my girlfriend happy.

 
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macrules34

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Can this be used as a normal server? Dos it include 4 hard drive caddies? Does the 8 1gb nic ports show up in windows or what ever OS is installed?
 
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BlueFox

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Yes, it essentially is a normal server. There's not really anything proprietary about it (minus motherboard form factor) because the way the vendor ships it, it runs Windows Server 2008 R2. The drive caddies are included (you can see them in the photos). The 8 NICs also show up as mentioned before as they're standard Intel NICs like you'd find on any other server.

There is VGA and USB on the back, so installing an OS is very easy. I put Windows Server 2012 on it when I first got it and then put it back in its box.
 

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Power supplies are 100-240v. Noise isn't terrible since the fans are PWM, but that's all kinda relative?
 

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Google Wallet or USPS money order preferred. PayPal fees have been adding up. I think my reputation should help: Heatware

So, I've had this thing sitting in my condo's storage unit for probably 5 years now. I don't even remember why I bought it (probably because it was rare and I've never seen one up for sale since). It is essentially brand new and comes in the original box with all the expected accessories like rails (I don't think it was ever actually used). Exact model is a Celestix WSA 8200. These ran Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010 on top of Windows Server 2008 R2 (COA still attached on top). Believe it or not, Celestix is supporting Forefront until 2023!

Specifications include 2 x Xeon E5620s, 8 x 1gbit Intel NICs, an Adaptec hardware SAS RAID card (with 4 hot-swap bays), redundant power supplies and more. SAS HBA can be swapped out for any other PCIe card as you can wire up the drive bays to the internal SATA ports. There is an embedded CF slot as well. It can be expanded to have 10gbit NICs or 24 x 1gbit, but modules are hard to find. Also has IPMI, but I've not tried getting that working. Just add a drive and memory and you'll be set (confirmed working with my SAS SSDs).

Hopefully one of you thinks this is a nice looking toy to play with, even if the processors are a bit dated. You can find custom LCD/knob drivers for the unit with a quick Google search (I can also provide 32 bit Windows ones from an older Celestix unit that I personally used for many years). $169 + shipping and you can call it yours? Please help me make more room in my storage unit and make my girlfriend happy.

Is this limited to 2.5 size HDs or can it take 3.5s?

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BlueFox

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Now includes a bit of memory. Surely one of you can have some fun with this.
 

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I'd be interested in the idle power draw on it. Could be interesting to play with.
 

BlueFox

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I'd be interested in the idle power draw on it. Could be interesting to play with.
While I haven't measured the power consumption on this server, nor do I have the equipment to, I would expect it to be a bit over 100w as that's what's common for a dual 1366 system. Would be a considerably lower with a single CPU too (if say you swapped from dual quad cores to a single six core).
 

macrules34

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Thanks. I have googled and looked on eBay an was unable to find the port upgrade kits. Do you know where I could find them?
 

BlueFox

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Unfortunately it's unlikely you'll be able to find them for sale. These appliances were not really sold in retail channels and we're more B2B as far as I'm aware. Celestix will probably be able to sell you one, but at a price that isn't worth it.

The front bays are PCIe x8 slots, so you could potentially get creative. Little beyond what I've pursued though.
 

macrules34

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So I could get an pcie x8 extension cable and connect a card? Or would I need to make a custom cable?