[Mageia-sysadm] A new server to replace rabbit.mageia.org

Damien Lallement mageia at damsweb.net
Tue Jun 26 17:56:11 CEST 2012

Hi folks,

As you know, rabbit.mageia.org was offered to Mageia.Org.
This gift is now over and we need to find a way to replace this server 
ASAP as alpha of Mageia 3 is not so far...

FYI, we had:
If we keep this, it will cost 60 € Tax Included per month.
So, 720 € for a year.
During Mageia 1 and Mageia 2 release process, Anne et Thomas encountered 
big troubles like: very very long time to generate ISO and to use the 
server for live and DVD at the same time.

The bad points of the server we had were:
- "small" and old CPU as it was a "green" and old server
- big IO trouble as HDD are in SATA only
The good points were:
- 16 GB of RAM
- 2x2TB of HDD
- HW raid

I checked Lenovo, HP and Dell to have a server to replace this box.
Dell is cheaper than the two others!

I made a configuration with a Dell PowerEdge R210-II:
- CPU: 1 x Intel Xeon E3-1240: 4C/8T, 3,30 GHz, 8M Cache
- RAM: 16GB
- HDD controller: Dell H200 (hardware raid)
- HDD: 2 x 600GB, SAS 6Gbps, 3"5 15k (in RAID 0) Careful: can't add more 
HDD! If we choose, the backpane for 4HDD, HDD will be 10k instead of 
15k... Add adding SSD on our side will break Dell warranty...
- iDRAC6 Express (impi)
Cost: ~1900 €*
* last time, for sucuk, Dell sent me a 15% of rabate. So I think, I will 
have 15% once again... So it will make a server for ~1600 €

The only issue I can see is the HDD.
For now, on rabbit:
[root at rabbit ~]# du -shc /home/*
189G	/home/bcd
63M	/home/blino
110M	/home/boklm
32K	/home/colin
36K	/home/dams
44K	/home/dmorgan
367G	/home/draklive
3.7G	/home/ennael
16K	/home/lost+found
24K	/home/mageia
76K	/home/mirror
101G	/home/misc
36K	/home/nanardon
19G	/home/pterjan
19G	/home/tmb
698G	total
[root at rabbit ~]# df
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1             9.7G  4.2G  5.1G  46% /
                       496G  368G  103G  79% /distrib
                       886G  698G  144G  83% /home
                        33G  315M   33G   1% /var/lib/libvirt/images
[root at rabbit ~]#

So, the question is: "can you make live/DVD with 'only' 1,2 TB?" :-)
WDYT about this proposal?
Damien Lallement
twitter: damsweb - IRC: damsweb/coincoin

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