Sysadmin day

Today was ano­t­her sys­ad­min day. Our pri­ma­ry file­ser­ver at the office has been run­ning out of space for some time now — hard­ly sur­pri­sing, with the sha­red file­sys­tem being only 40GB. It had been run­ning RAID­frame in a RAID1 con­fi­gu­ra­ti­on qui­te hap­pi­ly, but new tasks for the machi­ne also made an update advi­s­able. So we got a won­der­ful Seri­al ATA Enclo­sure Kit by Adap­t­ec, which inclu­des a decent SATA RAID con­trol­ler and a 4 disk Hotswap-Enclo­sure.

Last week, I instal­led a new ver­si­on of Net­BSD onto the disks in the enclo­sure on ano­t­her sys­tem and we copied the latest ver­si­ons of all files on the ser­ver onto the new set yes­ter­day. Today was the big day: first thing in the morning, I shut down the file­ser­ver, we rip­ped out the old disks and instal­led the new con­trol­ler and disks. It turns out that instal­ling the enclo­sure is a bit of a hass­le in our 19″ machi­ne, but it worked out in the end. At the same time, we also repla­ced the crap­py Real­tek ether­net card that still was in that machi­ne with a decent Intel Pro/1000 that, amongst other things, can do checks­um off­loa­ding.

And after booting and con­fi­gu­ring the ser­vers IP address, lo and behold, ever­y­thing worked! Fixing up the con­fi­gu­ra­ti­on with the things I had for­got­ten last week took about half an hour, and even during that time, the cru­ci­al ser­vices had all been res­to­red.

After a work­day of having the ‚new‘ sys­tem up and run­ning, I’m decent­ly hap­py with the thing. I still have the sore fin­gers from all the muck­ing around with non-fit­ting hard­ware, but other than that, things just work.

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