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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams

HP ProLiant DL585 (ANet)

ANet is a series of workhorse servers for a team of data miners, each server with 32GB of memory, four dual core AMD64 CPUs, a 1.2TB RAID5 hard disk (4x300GB RAID5 disks delivering 600GB plus a hot swap share), deployed for access over secure networks. The machine was installed with Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r0. The package vsftpd was installed as the ftp server for the host, ssh for secure file transfer, and ODBC for connection to a Teradata warehouse. XWin32 is used to access the server from the desktops of a team of data miners running a locked down MS/Windows standard operating environment workstations across the organisation (multiple locations).

A default install using the Etch (version 4.0r0) release of Debian GNU/Linux, booting from DVD-RW, was performed (23 April 2007). The DVD image was obtained using jigdo-file, running the command jigdo-lite (see Section 3.6.2) and specifying http://ftp.acc.umu.se/cdimage/release/4.0_r0/amd64/jigdo-dvd/debian-40r0-amd64-DVD-1.jigdo. MD5 checksums confirmed the integrity of the downloaded DVD image, and similarly for disks 2 and 3.

Working: Multiple Dual Core, CPUs, X11 on a rack mounted console, CD/DVD, Ethernet, X11 from desktop Exceed through TELNET, but not yet through ssh.

Not tested: EMC2 SAN libraries, Teradata ODBC drivers, SAS/Enterprise Miner.

No issues or problems with the install! Base installation took 30 minutes. Package installation took 1 hour. Fine tuning took another 30 minutes. Total was 2 hours.


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