Help: Looking to contact someone running FreeBSD on ESX
Dean E. Weimer
dweimer at dweimer.net
Sat Feb 26 00:17:56 UTC 2011
On Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:09:31 -0500, Greg Larkin wrote:
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> On 2/25/11 3:00 PM, Mark Felder wrote:
>> On Fri, 25 Feb 2011 13:15:29 -0600, Greg Larkin
>>> I haven't used watchdogd(8) (http://bit.ly/eKHUEN ) before, but
>>> if it would help you by firing some data logging command (-e
>>> you have some information to go on.
>> That actually looks like a great solution, but I currently cannot
>> recompile the kernel to enable SW_WATCHDOG and take those servers
>> We have identical hardware in a test environment that I can do that
>> and hopefully see if we can get a clone of the problematic VMs to
>> there with the watchdogd enabled.
> Hi Mark,
> That sounds good, and please post any further information so someone
> else can help you troubleshoot further.
> Here are some other questions for you to ponder:
> - - What appears in the Apache access & error logs just before a
> - - Are you using any unusual Apache config file settings or modules?
> about for PHP?
> - - Are all of your installed ports up to date?
> - - Have you done any Apache or PHP performance tuning using
> http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/misc/perf-tuning.html  or
> http://phplens.com/lens/php-book/optimizing-debugging-php.php  as
> starting points?
> - - Have you enabled a PHP log file to record errors, warnings, etc.
> generated by your application code?
> Hope that helps,
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I manage 8 FreeBSD virtual servers at work running 7.0, 7.1, and 7.2 in
VMware ESX 4.0, they are running Apache2 with PHP, Bind, and Squid, any
of the services they are running is all installed from source and kept
up to date, as we are required to pass quarterly PCI scans. So it
doesn't speak much of programs installed from ports, but these systems
stay very stable, the only issue I have is that after about 8 to 9
months of system uptime (services are restarted more frequently for
updates) sometimes the network will stop responding until the virtual
machine is shutdown and powered back on. (I can't say that any of the
windows servers on the cluster ever reach that length of uptime to
compare with this) We have 6 physical servers running with full
automated vmotion there is about 80 windows servers runnign on the same
systems. Backed with an ISCSI SAN and 10G Ethernet adapters. However
our internet applications that utilize the FreeBSD servers are
relatively low usage, squid is mainly used as outbound proxy for around
600 Computer users which is the highest used resource on these servers,
primarily between 5am and 7pm, so usage levels may not be near where you
are running at.
I am running vmware tools installed from a VMware workstation 6.5 tools
image, I have switched a couple of the systems over to the vmxnet
drivers instead of running then as e1000 adapters, but haven't been
running them long enough to see if that resolves are problem. When it
does occur the system is completely responsive when connecting to the
console though, and can be cleanly shutdown.
I haven't noticed any issues with VMwawre performance monitoring
reporting the systems CPU as hammered when the CPU on FreeBSD shows low,
but these systems are much more heavily memory used followed by disk I/O
CPU sits idle at most times. I should also mention that they are setup
with 2 vCPUs, perhaps if you are running a signal vCPU something is
hanging one vCPU and mine setup is recovering OK because the
applications complete using the other until the issue resolves itself.
I haven't spent much time looking at historical usage graphs on these
since I don't get any complaints about performance.
Dean E. Weimer
dweimer at dweimer.net
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