I am investigating ways to improve my network performance of my network.
I have a SS1000 with 4 CPUs, 128 MB RAM, and a SPARC Storage Array with
30 GB of disk space as my server. The server is mainly an NFS server not
a CPU server. I have 5 SPARC 20s, 15 SPARC 5's and 10 other various Sun
workstations that access the server. The server is also my NIS+ root master
server. I have most of my workstations setup as dataless clients which
makes it easier to install and administer. However this causes a lot of
network traffic. I am not currently running the automounter or CacheFS or
AutoClient. These are some items I am considering. I also plan on adding
a FastEthernet interface to the server. Here are some questions that I
am interested in hearing comments on:
1. What is the max number of diskless and dataless clients that a server
that I described should be expected to handle? I have 4 diskless clients
that I am contemplating order disks for. These clients are old - IPCs and
2. How good does CacheFS work alone (w/o AutoFS)? How safe is it?
3. How good does CacheFS work with AutoFS?
4. How does Soltice AutoClient work?
All the SPARC 5s and 20s have either 535 MB or 1 GB disks which I am
only currently using 300 MB of for local root and swap.
Any and all comments are welcome and appreciated. You may either e-mail
or post or both. I will post a summary report on all the replies.
Don Turrentine, Information Systems Specialist
UAB - Cardiac Rhythm Management Laboratory
Volker Hall G78A
1670 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35294-0019