[K12OSN] Server Help! (a little desperate)

Shawn Powers spowers at inlandlakes.org
Fri Oct 1 18:42:22 UTC 2004

(At the console here... 1/2 hour left till my staff leaves, just 
crossing my fingers until then...)

My current plan is to take copy everything over to a second exactly 
identical server that I have in the rack.  I bought (4) total this past 
summer, with the plan to set up application servers if the need arises.  
It gives me the advantage that I have identical hardware sitting in 
front of me.

I could just swap the drives from the array, and put them into the 2nd 
server, but if it's indeed a hard drive issue, that won't help much.

Any way to torture test my server once I have the second one set up?  I 
don't really want to wait for a district's worth of staff members to 
test it on Monday...  Oh, specs:

HP G3 Rackmount server
-Dual 3.2 Xeon CPUs, 2MB cache
-ULTRA320 RAID (the 641 card) and 4 ultra320 36GB drives in RAID5
-6GB system RAM (only using 4GB, didnt' want to experiment with the 
bigmem kernel)
-/home mounted via gigabit NFS on a separate isolated gig switch (my 
"network backplane")
-dual embedded gig ethernet ports (using the tg3 kernel module)

The only recent change I made, is that I mounted a windows 2003 server 
share onto /mnt/sds -- so that I could create a symlink into a 
staffmember's folder.  In case it's an issue with that, I have unmounted 
that share.  Has anyone heard of a mounted smb share causing such things?

Thanks for brainstorming with me.  Ironically, next week I present at a 
conference about our current setup.  This weekend may add a few slides 
to the presentation. :)


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