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    * What to do with a spare server?

    As part of an cluster, I've got one server that using at most 2% of its CPU and almost nothing else.

    Its already in the budget so effectively its free for me, but I feel I should do something with it...

    I could make a few VPS clients from it and sell them,
    I could run an AaaS on it,
    or put a webserver on it, free or sell account,
    or somehow use it to attract customers to the main services?

    So what you do if you had a server sitting there doing basically nothing? (the only thing I can't do is change the base OS, as it is doing a small amount of useful work for the cluster).

    Thoughts?
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    Donate bandwidth and space to an open source project in exchange for a link on the bottom of their site

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    You don't mention how mission critical that 2% CPU is, so I'd avoid any customer facing stuff like webserver or free accounts. VPS might be okay, but bad clients can render the node useless or unstable.

    Start using it crunch log analytics or to beef up your IDS/ICE.

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    I already do some opensource work, I can add a mirror but they aren't really bandwidth constrained... I've got a few other projects I can opensource, but none will use that much resources...
    I can control the resource group (OpenIndiana), so nothing can affect the used 2%.
    Crunch log analytics or IDS/ICE? Any ideas which software I should look at?
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    There's ossec & snort or xplico. The first two won't need that much resource since it's meant to be a real-time IDS. Xplico sounds like more fun though and will likely consume quite a lot of those free resources Although I'm not sure if it violates any privacy TOS on your end or not.

    security-database.com has a lot of articles / news notes you can dig into for more things to play with.

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    If the server is part of a cluster, it is already doing an extremely important job. Don't clutter up cluster nodes with stupid busy work. If it is part of a cluster, then reliability is all that matters. Let the cluster node sit there doing nothing until it needs to take over the services for the cluster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoSupportLinuxHostin View Post
    If the server is part of a cluster, it is already doing an extremely important job. Don't clutter up cluster nodes with stupid busy work. If it is part of a cluster, then reliability is all that matters. Let the cluster node sit there doing nothing until it needs to take over the services for the cluster.
    Exactly! If one of your other nodes failes or is taken down for maintainance, that 2% CPU load is going to jump right up...

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    Its not part of the failover cluster nodes, its part of the clusters infrastructure , nothing will fail over to it.
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    Use it as a backup server to store all your account backups.
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    Hi,

    Right. You can use it as backup server or to provide free hosting, etc.

    Thank you
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    As a backup service provider, my own backups are pretty good

    Whats the main benefit (apart from being nice) of free hosting, just the advertising income or could it help the main biz's SEO?

    I've no idea of the income a free hosting or other free service could provide via advertising (I know thats a "how long is a piece of string" question but I don't even have a range in my head).

    Wonder if theres a niche that not been explored for free.. free facebook app hosting or ...

    Thanks for the ideas, giving me much to think about.
    Anymore keep them coming
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