I'm new to serverfault, and server computers in general, and I got a few questions. Forgive me, they're quite basic, but I'd like the clarity.
So, lately I've been doing quite a few CPU intensive tasks on just standard workstations, and I realize my life would be a lot easier if I picked up a server to use as a CPU bot. When I say tasks, it includes things like testing hashes against wordlists. A friend of mine has an older HP server he's not really interested in anymore (specs), which he's willing to give away, which includes a mobo with two CPUs, 8GB of DDR2, and a 250gb HDD. It's left me with the following questions:
- Does the BIOS function like a normal workstation? As in, selecting boot devices, changing system settings, etc.
- Could I install a, for example, Debian ISO via USB and expect it to work properly?
- Does the server require any hardware to function that isn't included?
- It's a rack server, and I don't have a server rack. Does that cause any issues? Could I just stand place it atop something, giving it a fair amount of breathability, and expect it to cool fine? (I'll only be using like 80% CPU).
Thanks in advance. If you think there's any other info I need to know, feel free to tell me.