New HA & Home Server

At the heart of the Idratek setup is ideally a PC running the intelligent 'management' software Cortex. Of course, this means having a PC running 24/7 - potentially costing more in electricity to run than the smart management of the heating will save in fuel. Cortex requires Windows as the base operating system, so a Windows PC is required. I already have a home-server, running Linux, to do a number of 'server' type things (file, print, email etc). The linux box is already a moderately low-power device, pulling around 20w but it's age is starting to show: it's a bit slow, still running Fedora Core 3 (remember 'Core' ?) and the harddisk is almost full.

Baulking at the idea of having 2 hungry servers running 24/7, I decided to try to combine both servers into 1 machine, so I got an updated version of the low power machine and have set about trying to get this combination working.

At the heart of the Idratek 'home automation' setup is ideally a PC running the intelligent 'management' software Cortex. Of course, this means having a PC running 24/7 - potentially costing more in electricity to run than the smart management of the heating will save in fuel. Cortex requires Windows as the base operating system, so a Windows PC is required. I already have a home-server, running Linux, to do a number of 'server' type things (file, print, email etc). The linux box is already a moderately low-power device, based on a VIA Min-ITX motherboard, pulling around 20w but it's age is starting to show: it's a bit slow, still running Fedora Core 3 (remember 'Core' ?) and the harddisk is almost full.

I started to hear about the mini-itx boards, thanks for the great site at mini-itx.com, with their reviews & some somewhat freaky looking PC builds. Not only were these motherboards small but also supposed to be power efficient and quiet.

Baulking at the idea of having 2 servers running 24/7, I decided to try to combine both servers into 1 machine, so I got an updated version of the low power machine and have set about trying to get this combination working. Yes -- Windows & Linux on one box!

Unfortunately the overhead of running VMPlayer/Server was far too high but a colleague suggested to try coLinux which runs Linux as a native process on top of Windows.

The implementation is ongoing, with so far, mixed but promising results.

I'm gradually going to document the setup..... Check back later...