Opinion request about a file server

Gabriel Lavoie glavoie at gmail.com
Mon Jun 8 13:48:44 UTC 2009

If you want to use gmirror + gjournal on the root filesystem (/), be
sure to use FreeBSD 7.2. A bug prevented the system to boot on unclean
shutdown because the replay of the journal took too much time and
FreeBSD wanted to mount non-existant (yet) devices. It caused me a lot
of trouble when I installed my server and finally I had to leave the
root filesystem without gjournal as a workaround.


2009/6/8 Valentin Bud <valentin.bud at gmail.com>:
> On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 10:06 AM, DA Forsyth <d.forsyth at ru.ac.za> wrote:
>> > I think my file/print/mail server is a bit overkill:
>> > http://w3.mutehq.net:8008/sysinfo/
>> Nice, esp when you compile world.   Last year I upgraded our server
>> to a Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz, Intel DG965 board.  2GB RAM.  Previous board
>> was an ASUS P3 1.1GHz, which now hosts my backup server.  Both ran
>> FreeBSD file/print/email/web services perfectly.  I upgraded to get
>> the onboard SATA sockets so I could increase our available disk space
>> (4x500GB in RAID5 for data).
>> However, a nice benefit is that the Core2 will compile world in 1/4
>> the time, and user don't notice the server is 'busy'.
>> SO, to the original question, yes that motherboard will work just
>> fine.   What are you doing for system backups?  A single drive is not
>> enough.  I recommend a mirror pair at least, and suggest a second box
>> for backups.
> Hello community,
>  Thanks everybody for their thoughts. After reading your posts and some
> articles over the
> weekend I will take the gmirror(8) + gjournal(8) road.
>  The backups will be done offsite because the company which I'm doing this
> for
> is a friend of my boss and we do have a lot of spare space or our servers.
> thanks once again,
> v
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Gabriel Lavoie
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