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I'm building a server for a future web site with dual 833Mhz processors a HARDWALL for my main drive, a SCSI RAID setup (undetermained storage space) and 2 gigs of SDRAM. It's going to have SuSE Server 9 on it. What should I do to max out the capabilities?

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Ok, that was a lounge response.... I am going to use the server for videos though. Ok, I'm going to use that server to hold my Skit videos and CGI Demos. Another server will just allow people to download them from it. I'm thinking of useing the basic 3-5 server setup to speed things up just in case I get a lot of hits. I might brush up on how to stream the "video of the week/month" and make it an optional feature just to add a little something to the site. But in the meanwhile, I'm just looking for good programs to do that with Linux. One of the servers will be dedicated just for forums, and I'll be sure to link people to GameDev on the affiliates page.

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With those specs, there's little you can do to max it out by having other people test it unless you've got at least a T-1 connection to the internet.

If you want to stress test the machine, write a perl (Or your favorite language) script that connect to your web server as many times as it can and downloads a web page. Do this from as many computers as you can. That server should be able to handle at least one thousand connections a minute (And probably a lot more), provided that the connections are downloads of simple web pages.

Cheers,
Aaron

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I ment what programs to work with SuSE do I need to maxout the capibilities? You know, settings to make the OS run quicker. Is there a limit to how much I can put on the server at a time? Or should I just stop thinking like it's a Windows-based clutter-box.

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With linux, really unless you are going to try some unusual software, there isn't any tuning needed.

Don't run X on your server.

Setup ssh so you can admin it remotely. Make sure that you don't allow everyone in the world to access it via ssh (i.e. limit what IP addresses it will talk to)

Setup apache with whatever services you need...

That's about it and you've got a good stable web server.

If you run into performance problems, then look for the bottle neck, but with the above configuration, you shouldn't see any major issues.

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Ok, I guess I'm going to have to get another version of Linux, since I'm losing my bid on E-bay. Unless you can tell me another place where I can get SuSE 9 Enterprise Edition.

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Ok, I guess I'm going to have to get another version of Linux, since I'm losing my bid on E-bay. Unless you can tell me another place where I can get SuSE 9 Enterprise Edition.


Eh, you may want to try something like Fedora Core 2 if you're just starting. It'll have anything you need to run whatever services you need on the machine, along with easy updates via apt or yum, and it you should find it accessable as a new user. Along with that, you can download it for free. Or did you really want to buy the phone support?

Check out fedora.redhat.com

KB

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Thank you all for your input. Is there a good site with a capability rating chart for each Linux version?


Distrowatch

My personal preference goes to Debian for

1) a kick-ass package management system
2) amazingly large selection of packages
3) stability and security
4) its completely free! Built in true-Linux fashion with an open source team rather than a corporation behind it

Don't know how good Debian has proven itself to be a server, but it has proven to be an irreplacable desktop OS for me.

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Ok, I guess I'm going to have to get another version of Linux, since I'm losing my bid on E-bay. Unless you can tell me another place where I can get SuSE 9 Enterprise Edition.


Why the Enterprise Edition? IMHO the FTP-install has everything needed for a server.

If you want easy configuration (YaST) and security updates then go with SuSE. If you are prepared to tweak and tinker a little then try Debian or Slackware (of course SuSE can be tweaked as well).

Installing a recent version of Debian might be problematic at the moment though. I've used another Debian-based distro's CD as a starting point and updated everything via official Debian apt-get sources after installation.

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Original post by mrhollowIf you want to stress test the machine, write a perl (Or your favorite language) script that connect to your web server as many times as it can and downloads a web page. Do this from as many computers as you can. That server should be able to handle at least one thousand connections a minute (And probably a lot more), provided that the connections are downloads of simple web pages.
Alternatively you could use
ab
(Apache Bench) ;)

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