And The Server It Runs On
The server in
years past existed
in various hardware configurations at Warren's house, but with a move and
cheaper Internet cost at John's place, we moved it there. As technology has
improved in the area of micro-computers, we decided to move the services
to a Raspberry Pi 4 which Warren has provided and John hosts. Warren does
the updates and other maintenance remotely, and John handles the backups and
any hardware issues. The Raspberry Pi has come into its own as a reliable
affordable computer. This model has 8 GB RAM and a 256GB M.2 SSD drive.
The drive is the long black thingy attached to the Pi. The Pi natively uses a
micro SD card, but can be made to boot and run from its USB 3.1 ports making
it faster and more reliable.
This is what the M.2 drive looks like out of its shell:
State drives are in most laptops and many desktop computers
these days. It's preferred over
spinning platters for a number of reasons.
runs on a variant of Debian called Buster for Raspberry Pi. We
use Apache2 for the
web server, and a stand-alone installation of WordPress for John's n7okn.com site. This server
currently hosts four domains, OpenFire XMPP server, a web based chat server, and a host of
daemons and utilities to aid in maintenance.