On Oct 25, 2004, at 9:28 PM, Anthony Augustin wrote:
Just chasing some advice.
Is anyone using an Xserve Raid to host user accounts...if so how is it
setup and is it effective. I currently have 4 Xserves with user
accounts across 8 drives, I would like to use a RAID to increase disk
space, redundancy and keep all the accounts on 1 box amongst other
Any help would be appreciated.
I use an Xserve and Xserve RAID (mirrored) to host many home
directories. The home directories are exported via NFS. A user can get
to his/her home from his/her netbooted desktop machine, a dedicated
compute server on a dual 2.5 Ghz G5, a shared G5 for graphics work and
several SGI's. Regardless of where the user sits down, they are always
"home". All users authenticate through one LDAP/Password server
database. The home directories are backed up on the same Xserve to tape
with Retrospect. It runs considerably faster than backups over the
network. Users don't seem to sense any appreciable slowdown. I don't
find much of a downside. Just pick a flavor of RAID that you are
comfortable with and go for it.
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