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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Production Server Setup

One of my goals for this semester was to help setup and document the new production servers. There was poor communication prior to work being done; the Xeon machines were set once, but had problems with software RAID and then they were set up again, but then there was a discussion about whether we knew enough about CentOS. The storage machines were set up using OpenSolaris, but then there was a discussion about whether we knew enough about using that. Mirror was set up, and used briefly, but then we reverted back to the old system for various reasons.

Overall, it was a learning experience, but not a productive one. The machines are assembled physically, which was useful, but a relatively small task. A little was learned about OpenSolaris and ZFS and a little was learned about software RAID, but, as of now, we still aren’t any closer to reaching a decision on how we’re going to set up the system and we still have a lot of work to do.

posted by Zach at 2:07 pm  

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