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matehortua
12th October 2005, 20:31
hi everyone

i want to know what are the hardware prerequisites for a server that is using ISPconfig

to be more precise how do i make an analisys of the "work" my server does (traffic, ram, HD, swap, proccesor load etc...) whit any new (domain DNS, host web, mail users ) and what would be a good HWconfig.

sorry about my english, im colombian (thats not an excuse but ;) )
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i hope i make myself clear, if not let me know cause i think its a very important issue to know about hardware capabilities and what is the best we can do whit our hardware

tanx and bye

falko
12th October 2005, 21:42
To see the load of your system and the usage of your RAM and swap, you can run top.
If you run df -h, you can see the usage of your hard disk.

ovis
13th October 2005, 00:41
hi everyone

i want to know what are the hardware prerequisites for a server that is using ISPconfig

tanx and bye

I have a Server here for testing puposes Compaq proliant, and here it comes,
Its 400Mhz and had 9G Hdd 64Mb Ram and it works fine.

But if your intentions are to host lets say 50 sites you are more concerned with
Hdd space. A standard install with debian sarge has footprint of about:

aproxemetly (sorry for my english too i am from holland ;)

750 MB

so if you intent to host sites databases and mail add ad mutch hd's in your machine as possible.

Now the other tree bottlenecks are RAM INTERNET and CPU

Advice MORE is better altough you can get lot of preformance with linux and old hardware. I hope more experienced users can fill you in on all kinds of info regarding the main bottlenecks of a ISPconfig system

I hope that i have informed you well :) .

gr Ovis

themachine
15th October 2005, 18:07
i want to know what are the hardware prerequisites for a server that is using ISPconfig

to be more precise how do i make an analisys of the "work" my server does (traffic, ram, HD, swap, proccesor load etc...) whit any new (domain DNS, host web, mail users ) and what would be a good HWconfig.




This isn't all that easy to determine without testing. For most vhoster's I would say that hard drive space is the biggest requirement. Adding RAM and upgrading CPU is quite easy down the road. I see many customers hosting 1500+ sites on less than: 80G IDE hard drive, 1024MB RAM, AMD XP3000+ CPU. All standard desktop hardware which is fairly cheap to get a config like that. Personally, if your doing this as a business I would put your money into SCSI RAID for the hard disks, or if not... please maintain a solid backup solution. Hosters don't realize that IDE drives don't last long when your maxing them out all day, every day. BACKUP!!!!! CONSISTENT AND TESTED BACKUPS!!!! ;)


UTILITIES:

SAR: Sar is an excellent utility for everything. It runs cron jobs at 10 minute intervals to give you an idea what load was on the server at that time, and catalogs them by day.

CPU ACTIVITY
# sar

00:00:01 cpu %usr %sys %nice %idle _cpu_
00:10:01 all 2 0 0 98
00:20:01 all 2 0 0 98
00:30:01 all 0 0 0 100
00:40:01 all 2 0 0 98
00:50:01 all 2 0 0 98
01:00:01 all 0 0 0 100

PAGING AND SWAPPING
# sar -p

00:00:01 pagein/s pageout/s swapin/s swapout/s fork/s _page_
00:10:01 4.47 40.12 0.00 0.00 0.39
00:20:01 0.01 35.91 0.00 0.00 0.29
00:30:01 0.02 32.86 0.00 0.00 0.22
00:40:01 1.66 43.78 0.00 0.00 0.54
00:50:01 2.71 28.13 0.04 0.00 0.27
01:00:01 0.00 33.20 0.00 0.00 0.23

MEMORY AND SWAPPING
# sar -r

00:00:01 memtot memfree buffers cached slabmem swptot swpfree _mem_
00:10:01 503M 15M 47M 154M 0M 1027M 953M
00:20:01 503M 19M 47M 153M 0M 1027M 953M
00:30:01 503M 17M 48M 154M 0M 1027M 953M
00:40:01 503M 10M 49M 156M 0M 1027M 953M
00:50:01 503M 10M 50M 159M 0M 1027M 953M
01:00:01 503M 7M 51M 160M 0M 1027M 953M

# sar --help
sar: invalid option -- -
usage: sar [-flags] t [n] or
sar [-flags] [-s hh:mm] [-e hh:mm] [-i sec] [-n day# | -f file]
flags:
-A all flags
-S time-stamp for every output-line
-u cpu (default flag)
-P process load
-d disk
-D disk-partition
-r memory & swap
-p paging & swapping
-I interrupts
-v kernel-resources
-y tty activity
-l net-interf (general)
-L net-interf (errors)
-w ip v4 (general)
-W ip v4 (errors)
-t tcp v4 (general)
-T tcp v4 (errors)
-U udp v4
-m icmp v4 (general)
-M icmp v4 (per type)
-g ip v6 (general)
-G ip v6 (errors)
-j tcp v6 (general)
-h udp v6
-k icmp v6 (general)
-K icmp v6 (per type)
-N nfs (general)
-E nfs (errors)
-V nfs (server)
-R nfs-rpc (%calls)


You can even specify the DAY/HOUR/MINUTE. So if your server crashed at say 12:45 on the 10th of this month, you could:

# sar -s 12:30 -n 10

Linux host.domain.com 2.4.27 #1 Wed Apr 6 10:05:14 CDT 2005 i686 10/10/2005

12:30:01 cpu %usr %sys %nice %idle _cpu_
12:40:01 all 2 0 0 98
12:50:02 all 2 0 0 98
13:00:01 all 0 0 0 100
...




IPTRAF: Iptraf is a great utility for network traffic monitoring. This will give you an idea of how much bandwidth you are taking in/putting out in a kb/s format.

falko
15th October 2005, 19:01
BACKUP!!!!! CONSISTENT AND TESTED BACKUPS!!!! ;)

I've just written a howto about this topic: http://www.howtoforge.com/linux_rdiff_backup :D