Thursday, 12 April 2007

growin the tech

Following on from our woeful tech solutions at home, I've ordered a bunch of replacement (upgraded) kit to get us up and running again.

NAS solution has gone from the 500gb Western Digital NetCenter (who's hard disk has gone clunk so lost all that data), to a DLink 323 nas with 2x Seagate 500gb sata drives - will set em up with ext2 file system (so can read em with our sata+ide usb enclosure if the unit fails), and RAID 1 (mirroring). It can handle either drive failing, so won't die if one drive goes boom. Bit of a change to the old NetCenter :)
It's debian kernel is also *hackable*, and has 64mb of ram (i think) - some hacks include telnet and ssh shells, and running lighthttpd web server.

And for extra safty, 2x UPS devices - one to drive Calculus (the server), and one to drive the DLink. The UPS will work with gentoo on Calculus to send shutdown signals, so should give us some extra saftey :) The DLink won't accept shutdown signals - shame, as it runs a debian kernel so should in essence be able to install the packages needed - however the DLink has no USB input to carry the shutdown sigs :)

Need a new power supply for the shuttle - hopefully whatever blew the psu didn't fry the motherboard also! Found a supplier - they are far and few between.

So that's pretty much blown the entire tech budget for the year, but I think it's worth it for all the photos etc we have (I filled up 4 dvd's of photos when i did the last backups! Shootin in RAW at 8MP takes a lot of space).

Progress reports will be posted. Ordered the kit this morning, and it had already been dispatched by lunchtime! Thanks Misco!

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