Back to work

First day back at work, the server room is getting too warm, the router has lost connection, and the ftp server is down, they decided to rearrange the telephones for the customer service office, and a School’s MFP network install is needed today.
(sigh) nice to be back.
FTP server has gone to the great melted CPU bin in the sky, it was only an old Celeron 800Mhz, only thing to hand is an EEEbox,will have to strip off XP home and put Ubuntu server on it.At least it will contribute negligible heat.
Extra fans in the doorway lowered the temp to tolerable levels.
The MD is still getting quotes for aircon. Nothing like being prepared!
Sorted school, slight difficulty browsing the network from the Samba screen on the MFP- nothing like a “hidden” share for security, lol.
At least the new MFPs don’t require editing group policies just to get them logged in.
Drove back to office with top down, stopped for lunch in a shady layby.
Home and found that the wifi reaches my netbook at the bottom of the garden:)


2 thoughts on “Back to work

  1. Hi Wylie,
    Just curious – What type of things do you use the ftp server for – what are the requirements / decision making process behind the need to strip off XP Home from the Eeebox?

    How does the ftp server fit into it’s environment?

    What are the pros/cons of the OS’s and available s/w within the context of the servers environment.

    I’d be interested to know more about these MFP’s (Multi-Function Printers?) and Samba too!

    thx, bc.

  2. Well, the ftp server is used as a relay in the DMZ, between our Linux database server on our internal network, and the engineer’s PDAs, running an application called Link-IT.
    They use it for downloading calls, actioning and clearing them down, parts queries etc.
    All users are chrooted, and files are passed from the database backend to the FTP server, and retreived by the PDA, and vice-versa.

    Nobody in their right mind would put an XP home machine in a DMZ. The previous boxes have all been end-of life older PCs, as the resource requirement is pretty low.
    The eeeBox was avaialble, because we were testing it as a low cost tool to sit on a customers network, monitor MFPs with their software, and email us when toner,is needed, monthly totaliser readings, etc.

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