[ILUG] Booting a broken raid array
mariconor at gmail.com
Fri Jan 16 13:54:10 GMT 2009
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Kenn Humborg wrote:
>> Its a small office setup - About 10 people - data files shared by NFS
>> from the server. Currently the files are synced off-site every night
>> using rsync over ssh and then once a week copied to an external hard
>> drive, also held off site. So I can restore the system if it fails,
>> given time. We have had to do this in the past when the server hard
>> drive failed so I am quite happy our back up system works. However it
>> takes time and also relies on me being there - as the only vaguely
>> computer literate person in the company. As the company expands we need
>> a better system.
>> So to make things a bit more robust I want to migrate the server to a
>> RAID array for starters - I reckon hard drive failure is our most likely
>> failure point. At a later stage we are thinking of having a second
>> server on stand by as a backup.
>> Any suggestions welcome - I am no expert here.
> I'd say get a server with a real hardware RAID setup, like a Dell PERC.
Couldn't agree more, even an entry level one like the t100 or t300
In fact, I was on dell.ie only this morning to buy one for myself to
replace this dodgy machine. I need one to reproduce issues (esx /
Xenserver / xen on SLES & RHEL)
Personally I'd buy two and rsync between the two of them, oh and make
sure you use a supported OS. SLES10 EM64T is dirt cheap, although I'd go
with RHEL5 myself.
You'll only need one subscription OS as you can install the same on the
other node anyway.
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