[K12OSN] Servers, K12LTSP, and workstation numbers, etc.

Doug Simpson simpsond at leopards.k12.ar.us
Mon Jul 24 15:15:36 UTC 2006


I finally have got my Superintendent excited about being able to use older 
hardware to save monty and use K12LTSP for thos older computers to make 
them usable again in Internet/Research/Writing labs in our schools.

I have several servers that have K12LTSP installed and ready to go, 
thinking I could run many workstations from them.

But when I read articles that say a district has 32 servers to deploy 
K12LTSP, I am thninking I am missing something because where is the cost 
savings in that, forst of all, and that means server updates and 
everything will have to be done on all those servers.

Our Supt. is a "Bottom Dollar" kind of guy and he doesn't look at TCO so 
much as what it will cost to "get it in the door".

Say I have a server with 12GB RAM, Almost a terabyte (sp?) of SCSI hard 
drive in Raid5 and Gigabit NICs.  Realistically, how many workstations can 
I hang off there using Gnome, Mozilla, OOo, and several other apps on 
intermittent basis and see usable performance?

Also, I have one server, running FC1 with K12LTSP and it serves DHCP IP 
addresses, but I want another server to handle the terminals.

I added the next-server line to dhcpd.conf, but it still looks to the FC1 
server to boot from. The other (preferred server) is FC3, K12LTSP and I 
think it is set up correctly.

What can I look for to make the workstations boot and run from the FC3 
server with DHCP being handled by the FC1 server?


Doug Simpson
Technology Specialist
DeQueen Public Schools
DeQueen, AR 71832
simpsond at leopards.k12.ar.us
Tux for President!

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