Server install questions
32 vs 64 bit is a question that you
really should answer. If you are using applications that are only 32 bit then
be prepared for the changes if you go 64bit. If this is a general purpose type
of server (MySQL, Apache, ect ) then I suggest you go 64bit. In my world (eg
everything that I do) the 64bit MySQL works SOOOOOO much better then the 32bit
version doing the same tasks. Some tasks you may not notice the difference in
the slightest. I also have need of upwards of 8GB of memory so that obviously
influenced my decision to go 64bit as well.
As for the partitioning, I donâ€™t
know what you are doing so I canâ€™t give you anything more then a few
suggestions. I personally always set aside 10GB for /. I also set my swap space
to be 2x the amount of memory or 5GB, whichever is the smallest. If the box is going
to be using a lot of temporary files I will set a large /tmp partition if need
be. If it is a web server, I usually give /var/www its own partition. I have a
few applications that use /opt extensively so on those systems I give a 10GB
/opt. The rest of the space always goes to /home. It really depends on what you
are doing with the system.
Probably not the definitive answer you
wanted, but hopefully it helps ;-)
Have fun with that server!
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 12:24
Subject: Server install questions
We just ordered a new 1U server that will operate in a Colo setup.
The specs are:
Xeon Yorkfield X3350, quad 2.67Ghz, 12M L2, 1333fsb
Supermicro X7SBI socket 775 server board
4-Gig (2x 2G) DDR2-667
2x 750-Gig Seagate ES2 RAID Edition, 7200rpm
on-board Intel ICH9R 4-port SATA-II Controller
on-board Intel dual GB NICs
24-speed slim CD-ROM, no floppy
Supermicro 1U SC813MT-300CB Rackmount Chassis
4x hot-swap SATA bays
supermicro 300-watt power supply
1U Rail Kit
We specified it be installed with Etch 4.0_r3 with software RAID for the two
So the vendor emails back, asking:
1. Do you want i386 or x86_64 Debian?
2. What will be the partitioning scheme?
Damn if I know. I'd appreciate thoughts on whether to use 32/64 bit versions,
and are there any established partitioning schemes (I always uesed defaults)