[K12OSN] Server choices
mblinn at peopleplaces.org
Wed Jul 26 19:42:47 UTC 2006
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
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.
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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