On Thursday 29 January 2009 14:51:39 sunhux G wrote: > Hi, > > > We're exploring to get Satellite for ease of patching the Linux servers. > > The recommendation from Redhat is to have at least 200Gb disk space, > 2Gb RAM. > > As the largest server (SCSI) disk available is only 146Gb, I thought of > setting up Satellite on a notebook instead (as there's larger disks > available > for notebook). > > My colleagues/manager prefer a server but of course this means setting up > RAID 0 (or RAID 0+1) to obtain larger disks. > > Does anyone has any comments as to the pros & cons of setting up > Satellite on a notebook vs on a server? I was told notebook/laptop is less > reliable but we're taking an Acronis backup as and when there's changes > or new patches/updates being loaded into the Satellite, so risks of a > crashed satellite is mitigated. > > What's the largest disk available on a notebook/laptop? > > My idea of setting up Satellite on a notebook is that I could bring the > notebook > around to connect it up to various subnets (or even to a another datacentre > at > a remote location) to patch the Linux servers without the hassle of opening > up > firewall rules and sharing of satellite between different locations. > > Any issue (legal of technical) with just changing the IP address of the > Satellite > server as & when I need to connect it up to a different subnet? > > > What are the various hardware people knew have been used to host Satellite? > > > Thanks > U We're currently using Satellite 5.0.2 on a fairly meaty Dell server (8GB ram, 800GB raid-5 disk, 4 cpu). To my mind this server is massivly over-spec'd for the job its doing, and spends most of its time idle. /var/satellite is taking up 80GB (we have RHEL4 AS and ES 32bit, RHEL5 32bit and RHEL5 64bit) /rhnsat (the database) is only 6.5GB, although we don't have that many servers (~20) A quick check on the Dell website reveals the Precision M6400 Mobile Workstation, which take upto 16GB ram, a Quad-core cpu and upto two 500GB disks. This type of laptop would be perfect for a mobile satellite IMHO, although it'll probably be more expensive than a server for long-term use. Mark. -- Mark Watts BSc RHCE MBCS Senior Systems Engineer QinetiQ Applied Technologies GPG Key: http://www.linux-corner.info/mwatts.gpg
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