Hi! Many of you might be wondering why i was hardly online since the past few days. The reason was this πŸ™‚ I was setting up 3 IBM Series x3455 servers for my company CSC. These are blade servers which are supposed to run Sourceforge Enterprise Edition have the following configuration:

  • 2 x AMD Opteron 2.6 GHz Dual Core 64 bit processors (that’s 4 cores with 2.6 Ghz per core)
  • 4 GB DDR2 667 Mhz RAM (ECC RAM)
  • 2 x 160 GB SATA II HDDs
  • 2 x 1GBps LAN cards

The servers came from Singapore with every component in a separate box! So they had to be assembled first over here. After assembling, RedHat Enterprise Linux v4 was chosen as the OS with the following partitioning scheme:

  • /boot – 400 MB
  • swap – 8 GB
  • / – Left available space

The partitions are over LVM so that the β€œ/” partition can span both the 160 GB disks. Since the software package (Sourceforge Enterprise Edition) was supposed to be installed over an SSH account over the internet from the US, i had to stay up in office all night to assist them. The servers were connected to each other via a HUB and one of the servers was on a DSL link to the internet with its own static IP.

All in all, it was a WONDERFUL experience setting up these servers and i would really like to thank CSC for giving me the opportunity to set up these servers and trusting me on this one πŸ™‚

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The first server, while installing RHEL (You can see the CDs lying above the server)

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The second server.

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The POST screen.

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Temporary arrangement of servers. Just before we left office at 5:00 AM πŸ™‚ You can see the hub on top of the 3rd server. The server which has a direct connection to the internet is at the bottom. Heh.. We had to put those post-it notes so that no body disturbs them πŸ˜›

This is the video we made while booting the server! Notice the sound? πŸ™‚