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Re: [K12OSN] Up and running but need some advice

I would see if you can get a switch with a gigabit ethernet port and a gigabit 
ethernet card for the server.  Put the server on a gigabit port.  

Also, fast SCSI drives would probably help.  

Definitely add the additional RAM.

Quoting Chris Gillies <k12ltsp lasertronics net>:

> Hi everyone,
> Well after many months of tinkering I have finally got our lab online
> and
> whilst I am very happy with the overall result, I do have some
> performance
> issues.
> A little inforamtion first. The server is a Tyan Motherboard with dual
> Xeon
> 2 ghz processors, 1gig of EEC ram and two 80gb 7200rpm hard drives.
> The
> workstation are 15 Compaq deskpro 4000 (233 mmx, 64mb ram, 2 gb
> harddrive,
> Netgear FA310tx nics) Everything talks on a 10/100 switch. The k12ltsp
> configuartion is straight "out of the box" (which was so easy to install
> by
> the way) and as such the workstations are running straight of the
> server
> (ie. no local apps).
> As a first test I got the staff to open Mr Potato Head on 10 of the
> machines, and everything went fine. I then got them to open Tuxtype, but
> by
> the time 7 or 8 of the machines opened it, it was virtually unuseable.
> The
> mouse was EXTREMELY slow, the menus took over a minute to respond to
> mouse
> commands. I got them to shut down some of the machine, and it seemed to
> go
> okay if I had four or five sessions running, but more than that I was
> in
> trouble.
> My first question is should I be able to run 10 (hopefully 15) sessions
> of
> Tuxtype on a server of the specifications stipulated? 
> I can understand that due the graphical nature of the program the
> server
> might not have enough ram to cope with running them all at once (I
> remember
> reading on the k12ltsp site that RAM is GOOD, MORE is BETTER), and I
> have
> decided to install another gig of ram regardless as I feel it can only
> be
> benefical, but I was wondering if there was something else I could also
> do,
> or whether I may have something miss configured.
> All comments & suggestions welcome
> Chris Gillies
> IT Co-ordinator
> St Thomas' Primary School
> Mareeba, Qld. Australia
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