> > I expect to build a dual Pentium III linux server. The system will
> > include hot swap SCSI disks, a floppy CD and internal SCSI tape
> > backup device. The chassis will be rack-mount. I assume that it
> > will need to be larger than 2U to support the devices listed above.
> Most space will probably be needed by the hot-swap scsi-disks.
for a 2U case which has five hot-swap slots. I presume that Atlantec
also sells the case retail (rather than over eBay). Note that this
case doesn't have room for a 3.5" floppy or a tape backup, but others
Quote:> > I'd prefer to base this on a motherboard with integrated NIC and SCSI
> > controllers.
> SuperMicro has some motherboards based on the ServerWorks chipset with
> NIC from intel and SCSI from adaptech integrated. However, this Ultra160
> will probably need a separate box to take care of hot-swap. I think
> there is a company called andataco which makes SCSI-boxes with hot-swap
I'd personally suggest just getting a bigger box. A 2U chassis can
cost twice as much as a 4U one, and about the same as a 6U or bigger.
If you're looking for manufacturers, check out Boomrack; I have their
4U model and like it. (The P/S has been flaky, but they've replaced
it sight unseen with Next-Day-AM delivery, which makes up for it.)
Quote:> > I had been considering the L440GXG and STL2 Intel boards. I'd prefer
> > a 133 FSB system which suggests the STL2 and not the older L440GXG.
> Then you will need a chipset from VIA (lowend, cheap) or ServerWorks
> (highend, expensive).
I advise against a VIA chipset. It's perfectly reliable for many
applications, but for a server of any sort you want something better.
The Tyan Thunder 2500 is SW-based and takes dual slot-1 CPUs. All the
SW-based SuperMicros take S370 CPUs (except the Xeons).
Quote:> > I'd like to expand my horizons beyond Intel motherboards and would
> > appreciate greatly your suggestions for a motherboard and rack-mount
> > case combination that is known to work well with Linux (presumably
> > RedHat 7 based).
> A good place to find motherboards on the web is a page called something
> like "acme motherboard finder" (sorry, I don't have the URL here).
Shopping for these motherboards sucks. Your best resource may be
eBay. I haven't been able to find a place that sells the SW-based
SuperMicros, and Tyan states on their Web page that they won't sell to
retailers or individuals.
Quote:> Stay away from motherboards with intel 8xx chipset. Some have APIC
> problems in Linux, others have problems with SDRAM as they are optimised
> for RAMBUS memory which is much more expensive than SDRAM.
Something needs to be done about the i840 IO-APIC problem. I can find
i840 boards by the bushel, and for a sight less than comparable SW
Is anyone working on this at all? Have we even confirmed what the
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