[rescue] A Question about Snap Servers

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at verizon.net
Fri Jul 30 10:58:26 CDT 2004

> From: Bob Keyes <bob at sinister.com>
> Date: 2004/07/30 Fri PM 03:46:33 GMT
> To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
> Subject: Re: [rescue] A Question about Snap Servers
> On Fri, 30 Jul 2004, Zach Lowry wrote:
> > I was looking at getting a Snap model 2100 on eBay and upgrading the
> > drives in it. I noticed there is also a model 2000, but I can't find
> > anywhere what the differences between the 2 models are, other than the
> > drive capacity. Does anyone on the list have one of these or know more
> > about them?
> I can't answer that -- but I do have some bad experiences with a snap
> server which is why it is being sold off and we're using a REAL
> fileserver (we're using a 4000 series).
> - Microsoft authentication is old & insecure.  Not even NTLMv2.
> - no support of group ID bits, sticky bits.
> - messes up file permissions all them time.
> These things aren't ready for prime time. Maybe now that adaptec bought
> them they'll get better, but not for a year or more.

Just as a question, are these things so cheap that a low-cost x86 server is out of the question?

A brand-new Dell PowerEdge 400sc, with built-in SATA controllers to allow use of big, cheap SATA drives (160 Gig for $100 is cheap in my book) and come with reasonable warranties for under $400. Toss out the IDE drive and add two 160 Gig SATA HDs, and you have a nice machie for under $600. Of course, IDE is an option too, if you have low-cost access to appropriate drives...

They are sold, however, without an OS - but Solaris 9 for x86 works fine on these (I've heard), and Linux is another option, both of which would run SAMBA just fine and act as a server to windows PCs... 

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