[rescue] Netra 240 - Backup rsync server?

Patrick Giagnocavo patrick at zill.net
Sat Apr 11 09:47:48 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?
> Brooke

It actually sounds like a wonderful system for that purpose, provided
you have enough storage space.

Even a much less powerful v100 with a 500Mhz USII (not the much more
powerful USIIIi you have) can do 40Mbps rsync-over-SSH - and you have
probably 4x the processor speed plus gigabit ethernet.

I suspect Time-Machine would do well on that also.

USB 2.0 is supported since Solaris10 - see the scsa2usb man page. I have
 even used ZFS on external USB, however that system was USB 1.1 and
performance was atrocious (however everything did in fact work).

For firewire, I suggest looking here:


They don't have much of a list of "supported" though my guess would be
that most controllers using the same chipset would work.

Please summarize back to the list if you do anything with this.



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