Re: Debian in Server Farm
From: Mark Ferlatte (ferlatte_at_cryptio.net)
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 10:51:28 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Bellears said on Tue, Mar 30, 2004 at 03:04:58PM +1000:
> 1. What is the recommended method to synch config files on all "real"
> servers (Eg. Httpd.conf, horde/imp config files etc?) - Have only one
> server that admins connect to for mods, then rsync any changes to the
> other servers?
Not sure about "recommended", but cfengine is pretty good. You can go a long
way with CVS + cvsup, too, but I think the best solution is to put configs in
CVS/subversion, and use cfengine to handle deploying new versions of configs.
> 2. What about logfiles - We would have all users mail etc on an NFS
> share - Can you do the same for logfiles?(Or do you get locking issues?)
logserver, as mentioned before.
> 3. Imaging of Servers - I have looked at SystemImager
> http://www.systemimager.org/, and it looks to do exactly what I want
> (i.e. be able to create a bootable CD from our SOE for deployment of new
> serverfarm boxes, or quick recovery from failure) - Can anyone provide
> feedback as to it's effectiveness?
I love it. I've got a cluster of about 200 machines that I manage using
systemimager. If you're installing onto newer hardware, you will almost
certainly have to build a custom si kernel to add newer drivers for ethernet
cards or RAID cards. It's not particular difficult, just a tad time consuming.
Notes below are how to add a newer e1000 driver to the systemimager kernel; it
apt-get source systemimager # ~ 45MB
tar -xjf systemimager-3.0.1.tar.bz2
There is now a systemimager kernel source tree in src/linux-2.4.20
Download the e1000 source from Intel:
tar -xzf e1000.tar.gz
Set KSP = ~/src/systemimager/systemimager-3.0.1/systemimager-3.0.1/src/linux-2.4.20
cp e1000.o ~/src/systemimager/systemimager-3.0.1/systemimager-3.0.1/initrd_source/my_modules
Add nsmod ./e1000.o'
Change it to something else (like e1000) for testing.
Go get lunch... this takes a _long_ time.
sudo make install_binaries
This puts the binaries into /usr/share/systemimager/boot/i386/e1000
Now copy kernel, config, and initrd.img from e1000 to the master "standard"
image, and to the master /tftpboot.
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