Advice Requested (kind of long...)

From: Bruce Lane <>
Date: Fri Dec 22 22:22:35 2000

Fellow CLASSICCMP'ers and NetBSD Port-VAX'ers,

        I've reached the point where I need to make some decisions, and I would
appreciate some insights from those who have obviously been computing since
before I figured out how to pull apart my first alarm clock. ;-)

        I'm getting ready to create my own 'server farm' to place the domain on. My ultimate goal is to be dependent on Qwest
(or whoever my ISP ends up being in the long run) only for:

        --The DSL line
        --DNS support
        --Usenet (and maybe not even that if I choose to set up a caching news
server locally).

        I want to take responsibility for everything else, including:

        --Two mail servers (primary and backup)
        --A web server (already up and running since last summer)

        --An FTP system that can do double-duty as a local caching Usenet server
with a LIMITED (less than 50) newsgroups (I don't have a terabyte storage
array). ;-)

        --A "maintenance" server that can be dedicated to netbooting other
systems, if need be, and that will also serve as a central recording point
for logging from the other machines.

        Everything will run a version of NetBSD as its OS. This is not negotiable.

        With all this in mind, and considering I have numerous retired systems
available, I'm looking for suggestions on which platform to use for which
purpose. Here is what I have active now:

        SPARC IPC (Local DNS, intranet only).
        SPARCClassic, 32MB RAM, 1 gig disk -- Web server.

        Here are the machines I have available that have yet to be put to use.

        --SPARC IPX with the Weitek PowerSPARC upgrade CPU, 32MB RAM.
        --At least one, possibly two more SPARCClassics, 32MB RAM each (both under
consideration for mail servers).

        --NEC RISCServer 2200, dual CPUs, 64MB RAM (Under consideration for taking
over as web server at a future point).

        --Two MicroVAX 3's, 32MB RAM each.
        --DEC 3000/600 Alpha system, 128MB RAM (under consideration as a future

        --VAXServer 3100, 16MB RAM (can possibly go to 24).
        --VAXStation 3100/M38, 16MB RAM (can possibly go to 24).
        --ApplicationDEC dual-CPU 486 system, 16MB RAM.

        --DEC 5000/200 MIPS box, RAM unknown.

        --Motorola MVME147 tower system, RAM unknown (at least 8, possibly 16MB),
under consideration for the "maintenance" node mentioned earlier.

        So..... which machine gets to do what? Any thoughts? I have enough SCSI
disks to give all the machines a minimum storage space of between 520MB-1
gig. I do have one 9-gig Seagate that I'm reserving for the FTP/Usenet box.

        Thanks in advance.

Bruce Lane, Owner and head honcho, Blue Feather Technologies // E-mail:
Amateur Radio: WD6EOS since Dec. '77 (Extra class as of June-2K)
"I'll get a life when someone demonstrates to me that it would be
superior to what I have now..." (Gym Z. Quirk, aka Taki Kogoma).
Received on Fri Dec 22 2000 - 22:22:35 GMT

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