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Old 01-25-2012, 08:59 AM   #1
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Trying to decide best linux for this server: IBM xseries 366


Hello people. I am a little new to linux but learning, as you might expect.

I have an ibm xseries 366 server which i am looking to use. I want to run a few things with this: bind9/apache, a dedicated server that is a windows application. (haloceded.exe) and some network load balancing tool.

For this last one i have a wireless connection and a wired connection connected to the internet, then one or more outgoing wired connections to client devices. the wireless had a great amount more bandwidth then the wired. If load balancing is impossible with this then i would just have it use the wired only if the wireless stopped working. It has to bridge this through to the other connections. (their is already a router behind both connections)

Furthermore the drivers i have seen for this seem to be limited for linux. Besides basic functionality, i am interested in getting the hot swap PCI-X working.

I have used ubuntu and leaning to that, but am open to any suggestions.

thanks for reading.

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Old 01-26-2012, 02:20 AM   #2
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Hello there!

Linux is known for its use as server, there are many Linux out there, many now days for desktop use, that doesn't means you can't use as a server but doesn't mean either it is the best choice.
There are distros that are made to be used as server, it is good start to look at the elder distros like Slackware, Debian, Redhat for this purpose, those are very stable and mature.
If you are running some serious business there then it is probably what you want.

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Old 01-26-2012, 08:55 AM   #3
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thanks for the reply

i am not sure if the three uses i posted qualify as "serious business"...most likely mot.

I have heard good about either ubuntu or debian for my purposes. My main problem is runing without any GUI at all, which means i will be fully dependent on the web what i can do. (i hardly know any commands myself) is debian a CLI like ubuntu server?
 
Old 01-26-2012, 09:54 AM   #4
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You can use webmin on just about any distro you choose. I'm partial to RedHat/CentOS/Fedora but that's only because it's what I've used since the 90s. They've got excellent installation instructions on the website, and it will make your life easier with configuring things.

Getting the network running how you want it should be doable, but I've not configured something that complex (load balanced/fail over wan connection.) Perhaps google can help in addition to the networking forum here.

Looking at driver information for Linux can be a challenge, but that's mostly because 95% of the drivers you need are included with the kernel now. So if you're having trouble finding driver information it's probably because whoever made the hardware doesn't bother writing a custom driver after it's been included in the kernel (and also then maintained by the kernel developers.)

As for running that windows executable file on a linux machine you have several options (non of which are idea, sadly.) You can use wine to run it..... maybe (it's very hit and miss because so much of the Microsoft stuff is proprietary and illegal to reverse engineer.) or run it in a virtual machine that runs some version of windows (just be sure you have a license for windows.)

Hope that helped a little at least.
 
Old 01-26-2012, 10:30 AM   #5
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As for running that windows executable file on a linux machine you have several options (non of which are idea, sadly.) You can use wine to run it..... maybe (it's very hit and miss because so much of the Microsoft stuff is proprietary and illegal to reverse engineer.) or run it in a virtual machine that runs some version of windows (just be sure you have a license for windows.)
An alternative would be to run some sort of virtualisation environment (I'm currently partial to XenServer myself) and install a licenced copy of windows in a separate VM running "parallel" to the linux environment rather than "under" it.
 
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:27 AM   #6
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An alternative would be to run some sort of virtualisation environment (I'm currently partial to XenServer myself) and install a licenced copy of windows in a separate VM running "parallel" to the linux environment rather than "under" it.
Great point. I prefer proxmox-ve myself, but that's more due to the fact that I have no money to spend on stuff.
 
Old 01-27-2012, 08:37 AM   #7
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Great point. I prefer proxmox-ve myself, but that's more due to the fact that I have no money to spend on stuff.
I find the free version of Citrix XenServer is more than adequate in terms of functionality.
 
  


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