Server Rack Pet-Project: Proxmox

There’s a shortage of Raspberry Pi, that’s not news, it’s been a while and people are selling the ones they have at crazy prices. Since I’m not really willing to spend ~150€ for a Pi which usually costs less than half, I’ve decided to go for a real pc, small in dimensions though, or at least what I was thinking…

I’ve got another deal on a second-hand computer, a Lenovo ThinkCentre E73. It’s really a nice one, with an i5 and the possibility to change the CPU because it is not bolted on the motherboard.

I present you proxmox01, at least what will it be of it 🙂
it came with a 500GB HDD, really not too bad for the price.
I was able to get my hands on another one exactly like it to build my proxmox cluster, but it doesn’t really fit properly into the rack. I guess I’ll settle down with this one for the moment.
pleased to see that it was not a BGA socket, but an LGA one, which means that I can change the CPU to upgrade it. Not too much of a vast choice due to the compatibilities, but still better than nothing. Also, I believe it’s time to change the thermal paste…
I burned the image on a USB dongle, stick it into it, then realised that the CPU wasn’t supporting the virtualization, started to cry but…
… it was just a matter of enabling it in the BIOS, lucky me!
there it is, ready to be installed.
here’s the web GUI, in all its glory while serving a local Kubernetes cluster and a PiHole 🙂

So now, the only thing left is to find the time to experiment with my local dev Kubernetes cluster, and add a bunch of extra VMs and tools to it. Any ideas on what should I work next?