I got a Proliant ML350 G6 from work

It’s been a long time since I last posted, not that I posted heaps, but a lot has changed in that time including a change of work to finally working in IT again after really long time.

Today, we had a Proliant ML350 G6 that was on the junk pile and I was allowed to take home. So here’s some pics of a very dirty server that will be my project for the foreseeable future :slight_smile:

It’s only got 12GB of RAM and one CPU installed. I haven’t booted it up yet, that’s this weekends job, but the worst case is that I get a pretty great looking server case once it’s cleaned up.

I’m pretty chuffed with this even if it is pretty ancient and I’ll try to update this periodically with status pics even if it’s only me that’s interested :smiley:

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Nice - Keep us posted on how it turns out. I love the wheels.

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Update time. I spent a large chunk of yesterday dismantling and cleaning what I’m now calling The BFS. As you’ll see from some of the pics, there are areas with a significant amount of corrosion and some super rusty pics were immediately binned.

I still haven’t tested whether it works (I forgot to grab a VGA cable from work) but assuming it does I may completely dismantle it, riveted panels included, sand it and paint it. Maybe.

And a few more of the stripped down case. I did eventually figure out how to remove the other side panel but forgot to take yet another pic.

I hooked it all up and…sparks. It’s dead Jim :frowning:

I’m not even sure if I can re-purpose the case since it has the hot-swap power supplies.

I’m sorry to see that she’s dead. I have also have an ML 350 G6 (also retired from the corporate life). Replacement power is kind of expensive considering what you get, so it might not be worth it, but would be a fun project if you are handy with a soldering iron.

Thanks! I’m pretty disappointed but it was free at least.

I might open it up tonight and see if I can work out whether its the power supply or the hot swap board that’s the problem. I think it’s the board based only on where I could see the sparks from but didn’t investigate further.

I’m not terrible with a soldering iron but I also no longer have one since we moved unfortunately.

So maybe there will be more updates here :slight_smile:

So there’s good news and bad news.

The good news is that it turns on.

The bad news is that I don’t know why it’s turning on tonight and what is different to yesterday.

I am getting error lights that indicate there are power supply issues. I found that there is an identical server hidden away at work that has a power supply in it, I’m going to see about borrowing it for the night for testing. Hopefully it’s just the power supply.