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Vastra was an Asterisk phone system that was going to be productized, but it didn't happen. We ended up building 4 systems, one for a real estate listing service, one for an office building full of lawyers, one for an Internet service provider, and this one that later became Bellman.

Two are built on this Supermicro platform and two are built on Intel NUC's.

Vastra is also the name of a green saurian woman in Doctor Who. This is actually coincidental.

Supermicro Hardware

One cool thing about this little 1U server is that it has full IPMI hardware in it, so it can be fully controlled from an ethernet port. Powered off and on, bios settings adjusted, everything.

Also cool that it has 4 1000BT ethernet ports. I used it as my home gateway / firewall / router for a time.

  • Supermicro 5018-FTN4 1U chassis
  • Supermicro A1SAi/A1SRi, BIOS 1.0c 02/27/2014
  • Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU C2758 @ 2.40GHz (8 cores) 38396.16 BogoMIPS
  • 32 GB RAM
  • 750 GB Samsung SSD
  • 8 TB Seagate archive drive


  • 2015-12-10 Clean install Debian 8 on SuperMicro hardware (used to be on Intel NUC hardware.
  • 2015-06 Updated to Debian 8
  • 2012-12 Set up with Debian 7

I purged the rest of this page.

I have private notes still on building Vastra but when it started to turn into a commercial project I stopped updating this page. Now that the project is dead I should move my notes in here.

I learned how to use Ansible and I can build a Vastra system from bare hardware to up and running in about 10 minutes. I got that far, then we deep sixed the startup. Oh well. For a short time I had killer ansible knowledge.