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[K12OSN] Server choices

I'm nearing the purchase point of my terminal server, but I thought before laying down the serious $$, I should get the opinions of those who have been there before!

I'm partial to Dell servers because the ones that I have had in the past have worked very well. They don't (yet) offer AMD products. They've quoted me on an Intel 64-bit dual-processor dual-core system w/ 8GB of ram and a two raid arrays (one system array @ RAID1, one /var, /home array @ RAID5). It will be using a PERC SAS controller card hooked to (2+5=) 7 146gb drives to accomplish this. With three gigabit cards (two for two separate subnets and one for external interface), the grand total came in around $6,500. This leaves me $1500 in the budget for 4 terminals & monitors and two switches to round out the testbed.

Does FC4 or FC5 (and therefore k12ltsp) support Intel's 64-bit architecture? If not, does someone have a good source for reliable Opteron servers?

I have no experience with hardware RAID on the Linux side of things. Dell said they'd provide RHEL drivers for the RAID card - can these be used in Fedora? How does one set up the arrays prior to OS installation?

Thank you to everyone - I've enjoyed reading the archives, especially the newer posts about local devs and NIC bonding to remove that bottleneck.

Many thanks,
 Michael Blinn


If this is my day of harvest, in what fields have I sowed the seed, and in what unremembered seasons?
- Kahlil Gibran

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