Anyone have any opinions on the Farallon PN996-TX   10/100 PCI Ethernet
card?

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> From:         David Thornton
> Reply To:     retro-talk
> Sent:         Thursday, April 6, 2000 9:17 AM
> To:   retro-talk
> Subject:      Re: Server crashing during backups
> 
> My story: A while back, my file server (beige G3/266 w/256MB DRAM, OS 8.1,
> ASIP 5.0.3) would also crash consistently when backing up if Retrospect
> ran
> in the background with the default memory allocation settings. The only
> way
> I could get it to back up properly was to set its memory allocation to
> around 40MB, disable Retrospect's use of temporary system memory, and make
> sure that Retrospect launched & quit on its own (ensuring that it ran in
> the
> foreground).
> 
> Then I upgraded to OS 8.6 & ASIP 6.2. Ran like a champ no matter what.
> 
> Then, after talking with others about the crashing I had experienced
> earlier, I had the machine tested by the local Mac shop -- one of the DIMM
> slots was bad. Too bad I didn't talk with those folks a long time ago.
> would've saved me a lot of headaches.
> 
> To quote Scott McCarty from a recent post in the AppleShare IP list;
> 
> > > Retrospect is kind of like the canary in the coal mine.
> > > If your storage sub-systems are below par, Retrospect
> > > will blow it up. If your storage systems are perfect,
> > > Retrospect will run flawlessly. I have it running
> > > directly on every server that I support. When it burps,
> > > I know I have a hardware problem...every time.
> 
> --
> David G. Thornton
> Graphics Systems Manager 
> CCL Label, Sioux Falls, SD
> e-mail:   [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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> 
> "I don't view wealth as something that validates my intelligence."
>         Steve Jobs
> 
> > Lisa -
> >
> > You should upgrade to OS 8.6 certainly on the ASIP server, probably on
> > the Retro backup server as well. This should clear up ethernet problems
> > on these macs.
> >
> > Or, if you have a 10/100 network, you should install 10/100 ethernet
> > cards (Asante) in the file server and backup server. This will make lots
> > of people happy, not just the net admins.
> >
> > Just check that ASIP 5.0.3 is okay on OS 8.6; I think it isn't so you'd
> > need to upgrade ASIP as well. You don't necessarily need to buy a new
> > file server but the software upgrade would be a good idea. (any software
> > you spend money upgrading will be transferrable to new server hardware
> > when the time comes).
> >
> > Lisa Weihl wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> First let me say thanks to everyone who responded to my questions about
> the
> >> G4 I had crashing over night.  Several people told me there were OT
> >> software updates. Turns out when he turned off Retrospect the crashing
> >> stopped. I don't think that was the whole problem though because I
> found
> >> duplicate copies of several extensions when I went to turn Retro back
> >> on.  We'll see now if he still crashes.
> >>
> >> Now on to another nagging question:
> >>
> >> My users are quite annoyed that every time a full backup of our
> AppleShare
> >> file server occurs the server seems to hang.  Error logs show a 519
> >> error.  This happens about 99% of the time a full backup of every
> server
> >> volume is done.
> >>
> >> Specs:
> >>
> >> File Server is a PowerMac 7600/132 with 64 MB of RAM running OS 8.1 and
> >> ASIP 5.0.3. It has Retrospect client 4.2 and backups up via TCP/IP
> using
> >> the built-in Ethernet.  It has 2 9G disk drives attached to it, one is
> >> partitioned into 3 partitions and the other 2 (only one is active). I
> >> realize this machine is the lowest end configuration for ASIP but I'm
> still
> >> convincing them to buy a new machine.
> >>
> >> Backup server is a PowerMAc 7500/100 with 32 MB of RAM running OS
> >> 7.6.1.  Tape drive is a HP Sure Store DAT24.  Retrospect server
> software is
> >> also 4.2.
> >>
> >> Until I can get them to buy a new file server does anyone have any idea
> >> what I might be able to do to stop the crashing?
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Lisa
> >> ******************************************************************
> >>
> >> Lisa Weihl, System Administrator  E-mail:    [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> >> Department of Computer Science    Office:    Hayes 225
> >> Bowling Green State University    Phone:     (419) 372-0116
> >> Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0214    Fax:       (419) 372-8061
> 
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