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  1. #1
    rgarmitage NNTP User

    Best way to partition drives?

    I am in the process of installing my first SUSE OES SP1 on a Dell 1950. It is a branch workgroup file server for about thirty users being installed into corporate network. I have six OES 1 servers running Netware 6.5 sp7 and four running 5.1 sp8. I am going to be installing iPrint, iFolder, DNS and DHCP services. As a long time Netware CNE and being somewhat experienced with Linux I thought I figure it out. I am just having a problem deciding the best installation choices.
    Example-best way to partition drives?

    I am using a PERC 6/i controller with two 256 GB drives. I am going to do a RAID 1 with the drives. How many Virtual Disks should I set up or should I just set up partitions on the one disk? From what I am reading I should use a least two partitions one for the root file system and one for the NSS Volumes.

    How big should root partition be?
    What are the base Linux software packages that need be installed to run the OES2 Server?
    Is there a best practice guide around that I could refer to for the install process?

    Thanks for any help you can give me.

  2. #2
    rab NNTP User

    Re: Best way to partition drives?

    Since you only have 2 drives, you may have issue with the install. I've not
    been successfull with combining the native linux file system and NSS in a
    one disk setup. All the Novell TSEs, I've worked with say that you should
    have two disks. Install on one the SLES native file system and on the other
    disk leave blank for NSS. With your setup, you may have a hard time. In
    the Novell documentation, it say it is doable but you have to use EVMS as
    your volume manager. LVM is the default volume manager for SLES.

    Here is a similar config I have using a 6 disk Proliant DL360 G5 with an
    on-board RAID controller.
    disk 0-1-- configured RAID 1; install native SLES here
    disk 2-5-- configured RAID 5; left unpartitioned

    disk layout on RAID1- 3 primary partitions
    "/" and swap are not part of LVM
    /--> (primary partition)
    swap-- (primary partition)

    Linux LVM--(primary partition); you make an LVM for the following mount
    points so if you ran out of space you can easily expand it; works like NSS
    pools
    /usr
    /opt
    /var
    /home
    /tmp
    /srv

    At the end of the day, there is really no one way of doing it. Hope this
    helps.

    "rgarmitage" <rgarmitage@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > I am in the process of installing my first SUSE OES SP1 on a Dell 1950.
    > It is a branch workgroup file server for about thirty users being
    > installed into corporate network. I have six OES 1 servers running
    > Netware 6.5 sp7 and four running 5.1 sp8. I am going to be installing
    > iPrint, iFolder, DNS and DHCP services. As a long time Netware CNE and
    > being somewhat experienced with Linux I thought I figure it out. I am
    > just having a problem deciding the best installation choices.
    > Example-best way to partition drives?
    >
    > I am using a PERC 6/i controller with two 256 GB drives. I am going to
    > do a RAID 1 with the drives. How many Virtual Disks should I set up or
    > should I just set up partitions on the one disk? From what I am
    > reading I should use a least two partitions one for the root file
    > system and one for the NSS Volumes.
    >
    > How big should root partition be?
    > What are the base Linux software packages that need be installed to run
    > the OES2 Server?
    > Is there a best practice guide around that I could refer to for the
    > install process?
    >
    > Thanks for any help you can give me.
    >
    >
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  3. #3
    markr NNTP User

    Re: Best way to partition drives?

    On Fri, 20 Jun 2008 19:16:03 +0000, rgarmitage wrote:

    >
    > I am in the process of installing my first SUSE OES SP1 on a Dell 1950.
    > It is a branch workgroup file server for about thirty users being
    > installed into corporate network. I have six OES 1 servers running
    > Netware 6.5 sp7 and four running 5.1 sp8. I am going to be installing
    > iPrint, iFolder, DNS and DHCP services. As a long time Netware CNE and
    > being somewhat experienced with Linux I thought I figure it out. I am
    > just having a problem deciding the best installation choices.
    > Example-best way to partition drives?
    >
    > I am using a PERC 6/i controller with two 256 GB drives. I am going to
    > do a RAID 1 with the drives. How many Virtual Disks should I set up or
    > should I just set up partitions on the one disk? From what I am
    > reading I should use a least two partitions one for the root file
    > system and one for the NSS Volumes.
    >
    > How big should root partition be?
    > What are the base Linux software packages that need be installed to run
    > the OES2 Server?
    > Is there a best practice guide around that I could refer to for the
    > install process?
    >
    > Thanks for any help you can give me.


    As Rab says, you should have NSS on separate disks. Use the PERC to carve
    up the space into 2 - one for the linux system and all services, and the
    other for NSS.

    All of the other services that you mention will run fine from a normal
    linux fs, so you could use LVM to house them alongside your system stuff
    on the first virtual disk...




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    Mark Robinson
    Novell Volunteer SysOp
    www.nds8.co.uk
    One by one the penguins steal my sanity...


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