amd64 as nfs-server

Ken Gunderson kgunders at
Fri Apr 29 17:07:04 PDT 2005

On Fri, 29 Apr 2005 19:33:39 -0400 (EDT)
"Jason M. Leonard" <fuzz at> wrote:

> On Fri, 29 Apr 2005, Ken Gunderson wrote:
> > On Fri, 29 Apr 2005 21:27:47 +0000
> > Chuck Robey <chuckr at> wrote:
> >
> >> Palle Girgensohn wrote:
> >>> --On måndag, april 25, 2005 22.53.01 +0200 Claus Guttesen
> >>> <kometen at> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> I'm getting a couple of Dell 2850's with dual EMT64 cpu's @ 2.8 GHz to
> >>>> replace our very trusty PIII-nfs-servers. I am accustomed to the
> >>>> rock-solid stability of the i386-port of the 5.x-branch and will
> >>>> probably put i386 on them. But has anyone used the amd64 coupled with
> >>>> PE 2850's as nfs-servers? They have onboard em-interfaces.
> >>>
> >>
> >> Well, I don't have the 2850's, but I have a dual amd64 usinmg a Tyan
> >> Mobo, and it's quite fast, quite safe.  I went and bought a couple of
> >> refurbished 145G scsi drives, and linked them up on a raid via vinum,
> >> and it's huge, safe, fast, and reliable.  Being that it's refurbished,
> >> the reliable part needs some watching for, but so far, so good.
> >
> > Do you mean vinum or gvinum here?  (or is gvinum oficially called vinum
> > now??)  Could you elaborate on what type of vinum configs you're using?
> > I've used it a lot on 4.x, but last I tried it was a long ways from
> > being ready for prime time on 5.x.  Still had issues with gvinum mirror
> > as of early this month.  I hear Lukas has been busting a on it though
> > so maybe safe to use now??
> I have been using gmirror + gstripe (RAID10) to serve /home on a busy 
> multi-user system/NFS server since 5.3-RELEASE/amd64 with zero problems. 
> I use the onboard ahd on a Tyan 2882; half of each gmirrored pair is on a 
> different channel, then gstriped across the pairs.
> gmirror	A	B	C	D
> ahd0	A0	B0	C0	D0
> ahd1	A1	B1	C1	D1
> gstripe A+B+C+D
> Caveat emptor: I have not had any drive failures in this configuration.

This looks like a nice geom based config:)  My question was about
gvinum though.  Vinum is more complex, but I think also allows for more
flexibility, albeit at a price.  I, too, have been using some
gmirror configs on 5.3 for a while now w/ zero problems.  And I have
simulated drive failures.  Works like a charm;)

Recently, however, I just bit the bullet and scored an LSI-320-2X...  A
sister machine is also in the works in near future, so maybe I'll build
it w/ a geom base raid10 config and have some fun playing;)

Best regards,

Ken Gunderson
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