From: Alex de Kruijff <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: Lee Mx <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> CC: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: Re: Changing a company from 100% Windows to 100% FreeBSD. Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 19:32:23 +0100
On Mon, Nov 17, 2003 at 06:27:25AM -0800, Lee Mx wrote: > I am switching about 40 desktop's running different versions of > windows over to freebsd. One of the primary requirements is > OpenOffice-1.1 and I've always run it locally on my laptop. > I'm considering running it over the LAN which would mean that > I suppose that I would NFS mount the binary and do the network > install. Could someone who has done this tell me if they > recommend running it on the network or if it would be better to > just install it on each of the 40 machines. This company and > every user, uses Office daily, especially excel.
Running it over the network should be posible. It does come at a high performance cost. The local hard disk has a much higher respond rate. Personaly, i would go for the independed workstation.
Yes, Alex, I think you are probably right. Although the LAN is always a temptation :-).
> > Also if anyone has any other suggestions that would simplify > anything in the chain from the initial installation to periodic > upgrading, it would be highly appreciated.
I'm not sure if you looking for this, but you may wanna read this: http://www.infrastructures.org/ - Its all about how to effienctly manage
Looks interesting. It's not exactly what I had in mind but worth a read for sure.
you enterprise cluster. Its quite a bit of work to setup at first and saves you lots of work later.
Sounds like most everything that we do ;-)
> I'm planning on having a central server that will be cvsuping > updated sources and ports daily, making world and portupgrade > -Rruap periodically. I plan to NFS mount /usr/ports and not > have local copies to not have to update them. I'm thinking that > I could then, fairly easily upgrade the other machines by just > installing the packages when needed. It could also serve as a > local repository for updating the operating system or I suppose > that I could also NFS mount /usr/src and /usr/obj and do an > installworld to upgrade, too. Again any opinions, observations > or suggestion are highly appreciated. I've never changed > 100% to FreeBSD before :-)
This would mean that you have to manage every workstation manualy. If there all alike you could just configure one and let the other synchonise themselfs. You may wanna have a look at the port rsync.
I've thought about that but I thinking of automating the portupgrade process rather than having to find all the --exclude's for rsync but that could surely change.
Thanks for your suggestions and the link.
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