[K12OSN] Blade Server for LTSP?

Jim Kronebusch jim at winonacotter.org
Thu Mar 8 00:13:25 UTC 2007

Has anyone looked at the possibility of using something like a Dell 1955 Blade
Server as an LTSP server farm?  I am looking at trying to deploy 100 or so
terminals to start moving to 500 or so in the next couple years in a single
location.  I am wondering if using a blade server like this (holds 10 blades)
if I could set up the first blade as my LDAP server, Second blade as my email
server, 3rd blade as my ltsp server, then hang my Dell PowerVault off of the
blade chassis and mount it as /home on all 3 blades.  Then later when I need
more LTSP horsepower I could buy another blade and round robin it, later maybe
more.  If I need more power for OpenOffice or Firefox I could add another
blade to be an application server, or more.  Does anyone know if this is
possible?  I see they have many Ethernet ports on the back and a built in
Cisco switch for network connections.  Could these blades talk to each other
internally and not even have to access the network making for an extremely
high speed backbone for communication between blades?

Please let me know with any thoughts or suggestions.  I sure would hate to
invest $10,000 in hardware to figure out it wouldn't work.  If it is possible
this could make one kickass server setup in one package.

Jim Kronebusch
Cotter Tech Department

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