[K12OSN] New server - a good buy?

John Hegarty jh at clongowes.net
Wed Jun 15 15:40:56 UTC 2005

I'm buying a new server - yipee. I want to run the spec past the list to
see if there are any showstoppers I haven't noticed. Please let me know
if you notice anything here that I should be concerned about. I intend
to run K12LTSP 4.2.1 .


The above address gives the full spec but the highlights are as follows;

SuperMicro SuperServer 6023P-8R 2U Rackmount,
Motherboard Super X5DP8-G2 
Dual Intel Xeon 2.8GHz 533MHz FSB processors,
4GB DDR266/200 registered ECC SDRAM 72-bit Memory
184-pin gold-plated DIMMs,
onboard Adaptec AIC-7902 Controller
6 x 1” SCA Ultra320/160 Hotswap drive bays, 
Dual 2U 400W AC power supply w/ PFC, 
1 x CD Drive, 1 x 1.44MB Floppy,
PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports,
1 ECP/EEP parallel port, 
2 Fast UART 16550 serial ports, 
2 USB ports, Dual EIDE channels support
up to 4 UDMA IDE devices,
6 x low-profile full-length 64-bit PCI-X expansion slots, 
ATI Rage XL SVGA PCI video controller
with 8 MB of video memory, 
2 x Intel 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T,
1 X HDS 147GB SCSI HARD DRIVE 15000 U320 80pin
1 X HDS 73.4GB SCSI HARD DRIVE 15000 U320 80pin

I won't be using RAID. I intend to host /home on the 147GB hard disk and
everything else on the smaller one. I'll have about 25 linux thin
clients and it will also be the main samba fileserver for 80 windows xp
pcs (500 users). Looking at moving to OpenLDAP/Samba and removing the
existing win2k servers. Lots of homework over the summer.


jh at clongowes.net
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