[K12OSN] New Building's LTSP Server

Julius Szelagiewicz julius at turtle.com
Thu May 5 16:27:05 UTC 2011

Joe, you are mistaken. I'm about to build some fax servers (don't ask) and
I'm looking at $199.00 servers. For example:

There's a lot of good cheap hardware out there. If I were to make one of
those baies into an LTSP server, I'd add a SATA controller and external
SATA drives. YMMV.


> Hello John and Jeff.
> I do certainly agree that there is a difference between server
> hardware and desktop hardware, but with that difference comes a
> substantial price increase.  I am on a very limited budget of around
> $1400 Canadian for the server and with the different components going
> into it, it is unlikely I could afford any server-level hardware.
> I am reassured by the fact that our previous LTSP "server" was a
> souped-up desktop that lasted 8 years of non-stop work and it's from
> the same shop.
> The factors such as component redundancy (power supplies, NICs,
> drives, CPUs, drives, etc.) would push the cost WAY above what I can
> get.  I will be having another LTSP server that I am syncing  /home to
> so theoretically if something goes down I do have a spare (it won't
> fail over automatically but that's not an issue).
> Hence why I'm looking to choose from between those motherboards. At
> least one of the boards does support ECC memory so that's
> "server-ish!"
> Thanks!
> Joseph
> On Wed, May 4, 2011 at 11:51 AM, Jeff Siddall <news at siddall.name> wrote:
>> On 05/04/2011 10:31 AM, John Oligario wrote:
>>> I myself have never been inclined to use a non-server board for
>>> anything
>>> other than a workstation. This system will be in the background however
>>> it will be a workhorse needing to be alive at any and all times around
>>> the clock. It does not have to be a powerful processor, just solid. The
>>> case should have removable cooling fans and dual power supplies each
>>> attached to a separate ups.
>>> Just my preference. a few hundred dollars can save thousands later.
>> Agreed with John, you want a solid machine, and to some extent the more
>> you spend the better your uptime will be.  Just keep in mind though that
>> using server-grade hardware will not make things bullet proof.  ECC RAM
>> does not guarantee your memory won't be corrupted, and almost every
>> component is a single point of failure (RAM, CPU, motherboard etc.).
>> You really need to have a standby server if you don't want an extended
>> outage at some point in your life.  If you are using server grade
>> hardware now you probably looking at thousands more dollars than desktop
>> grade.
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