[rescue] Netra 240 - Backup rsync server?
sunrescue at marknmel.com
Sat Apr 11 09:14:29 CDT 2009
Brooke Gravitt wrote:
> I find myself with a Netra 240 - anyone's opinion on wether it'd make a
> decent backup server for rsyncing to, or putting sparse images on for
> TimeMachine? Can the SPARCs take a bog-standard PCI 1394/FireWire card &
> use that for additional dasd?
I did something similar with dreadful results. (YMMV)
I was using an Ultra-2 with mirrored 36gb disks as my web/mail server
for my domain. Needing additional storage, I procured a NexStar USB
enclosure, and wired up a Linksys NSLU2 device with Linux firmware in
order to serve NFS. I had /home nfs mounted on the Ultra-2 from the
NSLU2. Worked great for about 2 years. (slow like crazy, but it was
only /home for email and basic storage). Then things went terribly wrong...
Remote filesystems were occasionally unresponsive, NFS timeouts etc. I
believed it to be a NFS bug, as there wasn't anything interesting in the
logs on either device.
Cutting to the chase here - I took a hard drive failure within the
NexStar enclosure. I believe that the USB:IDE bridge inside the
enclosure was not reporting the errors back to the upstream host. (There
were no errors on the Linux/NSLU2 device).
This would have been fine if my backup strategy would have been
better... :-( I'm not sure if my wife has forgiven me for this one yet.
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