And here comes magical day – Friday, May 20th. All planning is done, hopefully, and we are ready for servers’ upgrade, update and reconfiguration.
So first let’s see what we have, then we’ll see what we want, and then we will see what we get…
Our current setup is:
3 XServes and one VMWare OS X Server all working very hard and therefore one XServe, which acts as Open Directory Master (ODM), AFP, SMB, DNS, DHCP and Netboot server, works very hard every day and hangs ocasionally. During those ‘hangs’ “hard reset” is required, which does the number on the server. Single sign-on process is not working anymore and every time server ‘hangs’, since it’s running DHCP and DNS services, none of the users can access Internet. So back to set-up:
- XServe 1 – Mac OS X 10.5 Server, AFP, DNS, DHCP, SMB, ODM
- XServe 2 – Mac OS X 10.4 Server, AFP, FTP, Mail, Web and FileMaker Server
- XServe 3 – Mac OS X 10.5 Server, AFP, ODR (Open Directory Replica)
- VMWare Server – Mac OS X 10.5 Server,AFP, FileMaker Server
Now in order to free up XServe 1 and ensure it’s stability and no-impact on Internet, I’m bringing MacMini into the picture, running 10.6 OS X Server which will be DNS, DHCP and ODM. XServe 1 would then be AFP, SMB server – file server.
Plus, all servers, except VMWare server, will be running 10.6 Server software to increase performance of existing hardware and utilize latest Mac technologies.