[K12OSN] Christmas Upgrade
jthomas at bittware.com
Tue Dec 14 03:10:52 UTC 2010
Those are good thoughts. I'll see if I can scare up a switch with a
The old server was 64-bit, and I am running EL5-64 on it already. The
new one had better be a 64-bitter as well, or I think the 6G will be
50%+ more memory than it can use.
Terrell Prude' Jr. wrote:
> I kinda doubt it's the server, but that 100Mbit network you mentioned
> does raise a flag. Does that also include the connection to your server?
> About 6 years ago, I had a dual-Athlon MP, 1.4GHz box with 3.5GB DRAM
> serving 24 clients daily, with simultaneous OpenOffice.org and Firefox
> sessions open (school computer lab), and that server had no problems
> with it. Response (for that era) was snappy, and the K12LTSP server was
> not overloaded. The difference was that I had a Gig-E connection to the
> Never, ever say no to a more powerful box! I envy you. :-) If that
> server has built-in Gig-E, which I suspect it does, then make sure you
> have a Gig-E port on whatever switch you're connecting it to. This is,
> as Joe Biden would say, a big...umm...deal. :-D Seriously, though,
> this is. The clients can be 100Mbit, no problem, but the server should
> hook up to Gig.
> I'm assuming that the CPU's are also more powerful than your current
> server. Is this is 64-bit server, perchance? If so, then you can run
> 64-bit K12LTSP 5EL on it, but there are a few things to be aware of,
> especially with regard to Firefox and plugins. Let us know, and again,
> j.w. thomas wrote:
>> I've been running a K12LTSP 5EL for a couple of years, and have just
>> been donated a newer server. It has something like 6G of ram compared
>> to 2G on its replacement, and a massive SATA drive vs a tiny IDE.
>> The clients will remain unchanged - 10 year-old Gateways with 256M
>> RAM. We have six of these.
>> A parent at our school donated the server. He was inspired to do this
>> because late last year the students had prepared some ooimpress
>> presentations, and had ten of them running on the six terminals (four
>> of them were minimized). It was dismal.
>> I don't think that a new server was the solution, but he could not be
>> dissuaded. My guess is that running OOo on the clients would be a
>> better approach to solving the bottleneck.
>> The network is 100Mbit, via an unmanaged switch.
>> I plan to bring the new server online over the Christmas break. Is it
>> possible to set this up for running an app locally with EL5? I am
>> terrified of upgrading to something newer, especially in light of the
>> age of the thin clients.
>> What should I do with the old server?
>> Advice solicited and appreciated.
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