Recommended servers for FreeBSD.

David Robillard david.robillard at
Mon Oct 29 10:15:13 PDT 2007

> I'm interested to see what servers people use for FreeBSD.  I used to
> buy the IBM xSeries x306 for firewalls and web servers and the x206 for
> low budget file servers, but both aren't being sold anymore.  I recently
> got a few IBM x3200 and x3550.  They are really nicely built and I
> hardly have any problems.  However, the on-board RAID controllers
> (Adaptec AIC-9580W) aren't supported under FreeBSD so I fit them with
> 3ware 9000 series RAID cards.  Although I really like those 3ware cards,
> it seems like an extra expense that could be avoided.

We run FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE on several IBM x3550 machines with the
onboard RAID controller using the aac(4) driver. We haven't had any
problems, the machines are stable and backed by IBM Professional


David Robillard
UNIX systems administrator & Oracle DBA
CISSP, RHCE & Sun Certified Security Administrator
Montreal: +1 514 966 0122

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