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This page collects information on the hardware we plan to install at a colocation provider as part of our new hosting infrastructure. Some older discussion and similar stuff is on NewSystemHardwareArchive.
See also NewServersSetup for tasks remaining to be done to get these machcines ready for general use.
Currently, what we know are the uses for the three machines we will base our infrastructure on. We also know our Abulafia machine configuration, and Justin Leitgeb's donated server configuration. The machine configurations and intended uses follow:
deleuze: fileserver, static HTML content
- Donated by: Justin Leitgeb
Model: Dell PowerEdge 2850
- Processor: 2 x 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon
- RAM: 4 GB
4 x 10K Seagate Cheetah SCSI drives, 73GB and
- 2 x 10K Seagate Cheetah SCSI drives, 36GB
- Extra: RAID kit, with battery, etc., 256 MB RAID cache, 2 power supplies
[https://dcse.dell.com/selfstudy/Associates_7_0/Enterprise/PowerEdge/PE2850/printer_friendly.asp Maintenance Manual for the PE 2850]
Intended use: fileserver and host for all services that don't involve dynamic content provided by non-admins. No user logins.
abulafia: shell server
- Processor: 1 x 900 MHz
- RAM: 512 MB
- Disks: 40 GB RAID 1 (2 x 40 GB 7200 RPM ATA drives)
- Extra: 3Ware 6400 PCI ATA RAID controller
Intended use: refurbished slightly to serve as a generic shell server and the only machine where usage not strictly related to "Internet hosting" is permitted.
mire: dynamic web content
- Donated by: Ray Racine
- Model: Sun Fire v20z
- Processor: 1 x 1.6GHz AMD64 (Opteron)
- RAM: 1 GB
- Disks: 2 x 36 GB Ultra320 SCSI (hot swap)
- Ultra 320 SCSI controller embedded in mainboard
[http://www.sun.com/products-n-solutions/hardware/docs/Servers/Workgroup_Servers/Sun_Fire_V20z/index.html Product Documentation, including Maintenance and Troubleshooting Manuals for Sun Fire v20z]
Intended use: dynamic web content and any other Internet services that involve running arbitrary code from members (including custom daemons, etc.)
krunk (KrunkInfo): secondary KDC and AFS server
- Donated by: Adam Megacz
- Model: Sun Netra
- 2 x 200GB Unknown RPM and Manufacturer
Intended use: secondary KDC and AFS server (backup) in event that the primary server (deleuze) goes down
It is not brand new but is working. Here is [http://vpit.net/es380-guide.pdf a guide] that I was able to find to give anyone interested a more in depth view of it.
VLAN Configuration Proposal:
With our new setup, I think it would be best to setup a few different VLANs for different uses. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the term, a VLAN is a virtual lan. It allows you to have completely separate networks on the same switch. This will allow us to setup a private network that the public and peer1 would have no access to. This could be handy for database systems, NAS, backup servers, etc which you'd want to keep off the public network. Proposed Configuration: VLAN 1. Management VLAN - not used for normal traffic VLAN 10. Public VLAN - public/Peer1's network VLAN 20. Private VLAN - private subnet for inter-server traffic For a starting point i think having ports 1-12 in VLAN 10 and ports 13-24 in VLAN 20 would be best. The VLAN membership of a port can be changed easily so these would not be set in stone. The switch allows for many more VLANs than we'll ever need so if anyone has a suggestion or need for another VLAN it would be trivial to setup. Any questions/comments, let me know. -Shaun
ES380 AC Power Specs:
- Input current: 1.5A to 100 AC
- Input voltage (rms): 100 to 240 VAC at 47 to 63 Hz
- Power consumption: 150 W
- Thermal rating: 1000 BTU/hr maximum
Some device to simulate local login over the Internet could be a life saver. JustinLeitgeb mentions a special card that Dell sells that would work with his donation.
There are also some really good KVM-over-IP devices out there fairly cheap these days. My provider has one and it works very well, although on the client side you have to use this ugly Windows ActiveX control. I'm sure by now there are KVM-over-IP boxes that speak plain VNC. These should be well under $500. [AdamMegacz]
The StarTech Server Remote Control External KVM over IP provides access to systems that may have a degraded network. It allows us to monitor Power-On Self Test (POST), configure BIOS/CMOS, and even reinstall operating system software. It must be connected to another multiple port KVM in order to have access to more than one server. See [http://www.startech.com/Data/ProductManuals/SV1110IPEXT.pdf?c=US manual].
We have a standard KVM to allow remote switching between servers as maintenance requires.