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Thursday, January 05, 2006

G14NT PH34RB0T 0f D00M!!!

One of the down-sides to moving on from St Paul's is that there are two things that have only just happened that I've been trying to get to happen for the past two years and I'm going to miss out on them. One is a new office for us that doesn't physically contain the server and comms cabinets also, and the other is a new server cabinet that will actually fit our servers in. Well, I got it, but I'm going to miss out on the w00ty goodness of working with it. However, it does have our servers in it now. Here's a pic:

You wanna know about these servers?? I'll tell you anyway. I know there's a bunch of you who couldn't care less, but this is my blog and you can just choose to not read today if you like.

Starting from the top down (all have Gig ethernet - the goofy Biblical names weren't my idea, btw):

Genuine IBM xSeries 345 - Xeon 2.66Ghz, 1.5Gb RAM, 3x36Gb hotswap SCSI HDD.
This server handles our printing/faxing services, including accounting and our print/copy charging service. It's also a domain controller.

HP DL380 G3. 2x Xeon 2.8Ghz, 3.5Gb RAM, 3x36Gb hotswap SCSI HDD.
This server is our external DNS, main web server and internet gateway/proxy with SurfControl for content filtering. It also currently runs a SMTP relay, but that will change shortly, as will it's RAM. We're going to rip 2Gb out of it for our new database server.

SOLOMON (soon to be JONAH):
HP DL380 G3. 2x Xeon 2.8Ghz, 3.5Gb RAM, 3x36Gb & 3x172Gb hotswap HDD.
This server is a packhorse. It runs - AD, DHCP, DNS, WSUS, SQL, Filemaker server, Sophos Enterprise Antivirus. This was our first server, so it's a bit chunky service-wise. However, we've just bought a new server to replace it. This server will have some of it's hardware removed (RAM, hard disks), and be retasked as a mail gateway and federation proxy for LCS2005. Seeing it will be the beefiest mail gateway ever, it'll probably end up doing other stuff too.

HP DL380 G4. 2x Xeon 3.2Ghz, 3Gb of RAM (soon to be 6Gb). 3x 72Gb HDD (soon to be + 3x 172Gb HDD) - battery backed-up RAID, redundant everything.
This is our "new Solomon". We have 27 SQL databases, serving at least 5 high-use applications and a Filemaker database solution that is in constant use. This is the first server that I've spec'd myself (my boss did the others - which is why our internet gateway is a dual Xeon), and I've made sure that everything except for storage is well covered. Why not storage? Because we need a SAN. As you'll see in a moment...

HP DL380 G3. 2x Xeon 2.8Ghz, 2.0Gb RAM, 3x36Gb hotswap SCSI HDD.
Sharepoint Portal Server of w00t. Also runs our PHP/MySQL eLearning solution, Moodle.

Whitebox Intel. 2x Xeon 2.8Ghz, 3.5Gb RAM, 10x 72Gb hotswap SCSI HDD. Redundant everything.
This is our primary fileserver and Exchange mailbox store. It also is a domain controller, and runs DNS, SurfControl for Email, Backup Exec and a handful of lightweight internal web applications.

Whitebox Intel. Xeon 3.0Ghz, 1Gb RAM, 1.6Tb HDD.
ClickView server for video resource distrobution. Also runs Live Communications Server 2005 Standard Edition.

Whitebox something. Xeon 2.8Ghz, 1Gb RAM, 1.6Tb HDD.
Security server - aggrogates video feeds from security cameras and records to hard disk. We have 8 cameras, and store about a month of footage based on motion detection.

This rack also has a Firebox X1000 firewall, and a Quantum PX502 tape library in it - neither of which appear in the photo.

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