Sunday, May 10


A Big Welcome

To Akari, Azusa, and Kodachi!

Akari is a quad-core system with 6GB of RAM; Azusa and Kodachi are dual-core systems with 4GB of RAM.  All running CentOS 5.3 64-bit and CPanel.  They'll be taking over duties from Midori and Sakura.

Next up are Nabiki and Kasumi.  Nabiki is a quad-core system with 4GB of RAM and a dedicated SSD; it's our new database server.  Kasumi is our replication server, to couple our data extra-double-safe.  It's a one-and-a-half core system with 1GB of RAM.


As that last might have alerted you, these are not real, physical, stuff-you-can-kick servers, they're virtual servers under OpenVZ.  It takes about seven seconds to create a new server, but it took about five hours to get all the configuration settings correct* and install CPanel.**

Took a little reading to get up to speed on all the commands and options, but I'm saving about $2500 a year by not paying for the pretty user interface of Virtuozzo, and for $2500 I'm willing to do a little reading.

* At one point I had Akari, Azusa, and Kodachi running with 30% and 20% of a CPU - rather than 30% and 20% of the total number of CPUs.  That was a leetle slow.

** CPanel's installation takes a while at the best of times.  It takes about five whiles if you've accidentally restricted your server to only use one-fifth of one processor.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 09:51 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 I'm a little surprised that you can't take an existing virtual server and clone it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Monday, May 11 2009 12:24 AM (+rSRq)

2 You can...  Mostly.

Some of the utilities to do that don't want to install on 64-bit Linux.  Which is retarded, because that's probably 90% of the people who would be using them.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, May 11 2009 10:27 AM (PiXy!)

3 Aha.  You can indeed do it without the missing tools, thought it's a bit circuitous.

You need to copy the directory containing the VPS you want to clone to a new directory with the ID number of the new VPS.  Then you need to likewise copy the config file, and assign it the appropriate hostname and IP address.

Then...   Um, then you're done.  Not all that circuitous after all. wink

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, May 11 2009 05:19 PM (PiXy!)

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