• Jade- Apple XServe host for MovableType, Feed2JS, ePortfolio, QucikTime streaming
  • Azurite - In House file server, back up web site, some QuickTime streaming. I need the extra keyboard when I need to open the CD tray!
  • Realgar (Pentium III running RedHat 7.x) web development, wiki, Helix Media server, host MyPHPAdmin
  • APS 20 minute back up battery
  • PS/2 Keyboard, VGA Monitor, PS/Mouse shared by all 3 servers.
  • Belkin KVM 4 port switch box- allows me to use one Keyboard, Video, Mouse for any of the attached servers
  • LaCie 240 Gb FireWire external drives. Two are assigned to each mac Server for backup purposes.

MCLI Server "Farm"

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A tour of the mcli server "farm", more of an agglomeration.

Starting from the left, we have "Jade", a 1.33GhZ Apple Xserver that runs CogDogBlog (weblog plus a few more), the Feed2JS site as well as virtual hosting Maricopa eP, an electronic portolio system. The Xserve also does some QuickTime streaming, such as our examples of Digital Stories created by faculty in a summer workshop.

Below the table, the left tower is Azurite, a Mac OSX server (1 GHz) that mainly hosts project files and FileMaker databases used my our office staff. It runs as a web server just a copy of our Writing HTML tutorial as well as a smaller amount of QuickTime streaming.

The tower on the right is a 664 MhZ Pentium 2, also know as "Realgar" where I test a few new applications, run an evaluation license of Helix (Real Media server), and some things like a copy of my Kiwi Wiki.

To the right of this is a 20 minute APS battery backup. Just in case your power goes out... for less than 20 minutes. All the servers are set to reboot if their power goes out.

What is really cool is a new Belkin OmniViewKVM switch (left of the monitor), a 4 way switchbox so you can use one Keyboard, Video, and Mouse to switch between 4 computers-- the nice feature here is the ability to connect to either USB (Mac) or PS/2 (the old PC) connections.

Finally, on the shelf above are 4 FireWire hard drives, used for backups of the two Mac servers with Retrospect. Each server rotates backups between two external drives.

The PC server backs up over the ntetwork to another server upstairs, which then does its own backups on a dedicated tape drive.

billsoPHOTO, apple fanboy, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. D'Arcy Norman [deleted] ages ago | reply

    Nice shot of the "farm", alan! I'll have to take a pic of our "machine room" too ;-)

    it seems people think these servers are installed in magic clean rooms or something :-)

  2. Fadzly @ Shutterhack 92 months ago | reply

    Machine thought in digital bliss, all knowledge
    stored in memory banks equal to the Universe.
    Machine had learned how to think for itself
    but was like an unloved child, left on the shelf.
    A sentient being with nothing much to do.
    Machine was bored…Source

  3. billsoPHOTO 84 months ago | reply

    I'll use this as an example on my blog at billso.com/ sometime. Server farms don't always need racks!

  4. knxblog 74 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Mundo de Computadoras - Nuevas - Viejitas y +, and we'd love to have this added to the group!


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