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Brad Fitzpatrick

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No disks! [Aug. 31st, 2002|02:44 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
My desktop system has gone from 3 whiney drives to completely diskless.

My root is now mounted on NFS, as is my RAID 1 array. (which has gone in size from 60 GB usable to 100 GB). The actual machine with the drives is in the entry way closet, farthest away from this room and my bedroom.

Soooo quiet.

Now to take care of the PSU and HSF. I'm thinking a Mini-ITX system is in order, now that I've got this netboot stuff workin'.

To make it all better, I was able to disable a billion servers & daemons on this machine, as they're all running on the closet server now. The system boots in no time.

How you diggin' my Friday night? :)
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[User Picture]From: iseebi
2002-08-31 09:12 am (UTC)
Wow. I have no idea what you're talking about except for "closet".
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2002-08-31 09:21 am (UTC)
I was thinking about doing that as well.. Do you find some latency between your disk reads and writes (since its all through NFS) compared to when your drives were local? Was it a pain in the butt to setup?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-08-31 12:14 pm (UTC)
On the contrary, it feels faster. (mr. closet machine has faster disks and 4 times as much memory.)

Wasn't too hard.
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[User Picture]From: krow
2002-09-02 08:36 pm (UTC)
How are you actually doing the boot? Using a ROM on the ethnet card?

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