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Hi! I currently need a quiet Sun box to test with such as creating raid arrays breaking them performing backups etc basic systems administration stuff just to learn Solaris. My question is will an investment on a Sun Blade 150 maxed out with 2GB of ram 2 40GB ATA drives and a SCSI card for tape connectivity worth it. I bought a Sun Blade 1000 recently but the fans and 10,000 RPM drives are driving me nuts and it's so huge why the hell does Sun design such huge boxes?. I decided to go with a smaller scale system. Is this the best low end choice or should I purchase another system for the task. Also besides the clock speed whats the difference between a Blade 100 and a Blade 150. I noticed the only difference was the clock for the 100 being 500MHZ and the 150 being 650MHZ. Does 150MHZ make a difference in the sparc world? I'll be runing Solaris 10 on the box.
Last edited by keysorsoze; 12-27-2007 at 05:47 PM.
Blade 100 and 150 both work fine for Solaris 10 as long as you have enough RAM in them. The 150 not only has a faster chip, but it's a slightly different model as well (not sure if that makes a difference though). Not sure what you'll think of the noise though. I found them both reasonable, not as quiet as a 1500, but not any worse than the typical PC. I thought the 1000 was supposed to be quiet, similar to the 1500?
You can buy a refurbished Sun Ray ultra thin client at Ebay for 40USD. 0.37kg, no fans or disc. Dead quiet. Installation of the server software is dead simple, issue 4 commands; "configure", "install", etc and answer some quick questions. Then plug in each Sun Ray in your network switch, via normal network cable. The Sun Rays will automatically connect to the server and you are done. If you have done this before, the whole process should take ca ~10(?) minutes until the Sun Rays are up and running.
I was contemplating your idea, but it was too late I already sold my Blade 1000 and bought a Blade 100. If the blade 100 is too darn loud I'll take the Sun Ray into consideration.
Thanks for the suggestion.
NP. I can really recommend the SunRay, as it has no CPU nor RAM of its own. It uses the server's CPU, and RAM. It feels like sitting in front of the server. SUN recommends 4GB RAM and a dual core in the server, for 100 simultaneous SunRays, although Guru Jilliagre objects and recommends more.
I really like the SunRays as well. That's what I'm using at work. We've got 4 SunRays hanging off of a v250 (8GB RAM). On my desk, I have a SunRay 170 and an original SunRay 1 tied together in a multi-head group, so I have a dual-screen session.