New server

For the last few years I had been using DigitalOcean to host this website & a few others, file sync and my git repos. Fairly low traffic stuff on a single VPS instance. It was nice and cheap. But still… the recent 20% price increase got me thinking…

Can I build my own server?

Turns out I could! And it was a lot of fun.

I used a 10th generation Intel NUC with a 6-core i7 CPU, 32GB RAM and a 1TB NVMe SSD. Yes, overkill. But the key parameter is power usage. The whole system draws ~7W at idle. What a wonderful little machine!

For the OS I decided to install Ubuntu (22.04 LTS). I’m familiar with it and it was useful having the same OS on both systems. Then, some housekeeping on the old server:

  • removed old disconnected websites
  • put websites under separate user accounts
  • moved from Gogs to Gitea
  • organized my git repositories
  • setup a more thorough backup procedure

When I had everything ready, I brought the NUC to the new Prague data center and turned it on. It went online and the migration could begin. I started moving websites and services one by one. A few days later, the old VPS instance was empty and I turned it off.

CPU RAM Storage
DigitalOcean 1x vCPU 2GB 50GB + $extra
Intel NUC 6x CPU / 12 threads 32GB 1000GB

There’s plenty of headroom for no extra money and I feel like I’m more self-reliant.

To elaborate a little bit on the backup procedure:

  1. daily rsync (soon → rsnapshot)
  2. daily mysql dumps
  3. /etc and apt package list versioned in git
  4. secondary NUC ready for deployment
  5. backup VPS account ready for deployment  (prepaid credit)
  6. up-to-date checklist for configuring the whole software stack