[rescue] [geeks] ADMIN NOTE: Server upgrade soon

Bill Bradford mrbill at mrbill.net
Tue Mar 17 14:00:32 CDT 2009

Just wanted to say a very big thank to you to everyone that has
contributed so far.  Looks like I'll be getting that "Raid Edition" drive
after all!


On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 11:33:06PM -0500, Bill Bradford wrote:
> Hey folks,
> A status update on the machine that hosts all these lists, SunHELP, an IRC
> server, and lots of folks' DNS, email handling, and shell accounts:
> The long-delayed upgrade of ohno.mrbill.net from an E420R (quad 450s, 4G
> RAM, dual 18G hard drives) to a T1000 (8 cores, 32 threads, 8G RAM) will
> finally happen in the next 30-60 days.  I'll be going to S10u6 with ZFS
> root of course.
> I've taken up a collection from some of the major users of the system
> (shell, email, etc) and I'll be upgrading the 80G drive that came with the
> system to a 1T drive (most likely a Western Digital "Caviar Black"
> WD1001FALS, unless someone has other suggestions).  
> I thought about putting in one of the WD10EADS "Caviar Green" drives but
> they've only got a 3-year warranty and I don't think they're really meant
> for heavy-duty server use.  I'd love to put the WD "RE3" Raid Edition drive
> in, but they're $50 more than the WD1001FALS.
> Depending on funds, I will probably also purchase another WD10EADS drive to
> put in my rsnapshot backup server here at home, and backup *all* of the
> user homedirs and data on the new machine and eliminate the " you're
> responsible for your own backups" policy.  
> If any member of these lists has gotten use and enjoyment out of the
> services I provide (12 years and counting so far!) and would like to
> contribute to the upgrade fund, please let me know offlist.  
> There will be a few hours of downtime over a weekend sometime in the next
> couple of months (I'll give plenty of warning).  
> Bill

Bill Bradford 
Houston, Texas

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