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Setting up Cpanel on a Server with more than one hard drive

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cwuser, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. cwuser

    cwuser Active Member

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    Hi,

    I am planning to setup a Web Server with Cpanel. Please share your thoughts if you can. Here are my concerns:

    - I have a server with 4 hard drives. I think CentOS is a good Operating System to go with Cpanel. Do you think so too?
    - I would like to install the hard drives controller (raid card) instead of the software raid which is not too stable. I think raid is good to have since I have 4 hard drives. What do you think?
    - I think Cpanel requires us to install OS without GUI (GNOME or KDE). Is it truth? If then, I am not sure if OS like CentOS would let me configure the hard drives controller in Linux-DOS base interface. Any idea?
    - Being having only one server is bad. Downtime is too long if that very only one server went bad. What would be the best way to bring the sites back quickly? Shall I buy an extra server and make it ready for any emergency failure? Please advise me.


    Thank you.
     
  2. cPanelDavidG

    cPanelDavidG Technical Product Specialist

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    Sorry for the delay. I typically handle pre-sales inquiries sent to sales@cpanel.net before browsing the community forums.

    - We officially recommend CentOS and RedHat Enterprise Linux at this time. Many of our customers seem to experience the best performance of cPanel/WHM on CentOS and RHEL.

    - cPanel/WHM does not require the installation of any GUI. We recommend having a minimum installation of CentOS with just the development tools installed before installing cPanel/WHM to ensure a successful installation. cPanel/WHM itself will be your web-based GUI for managing your server. If you desire to install x11-based GUIs such as KDE and Gnome after cPanel/WHM is installed, that would be your choice.

    - A key to quick server restoration is having proper backups. By default, cPanel/WHM will automatically generate full server backups and store them on a /backup partition. Since you have multiple hard disks, you may wish to consider designating 1 drive to backups. This will allow you to swap the drive to another server in the event of catastrophic hardware failure. Another alternative is to have backups automatically stored on a remote server, which is supported by cPanel/WHM. However, server-wide settings are not backed up as part of our current remote backup implementation.

    Customer-created alternatives include the use of rsync to synchronize multiple servers so they can be swiftly swapped and brought online much faster in the event of catastrophic failure. Drop me an email to sales@cpanel.net or submit a support ticket to be sent a list of files that would need synchronization in this solution that you can build yourself.

    - I'll leave questions about RAID configurations to your hardware vendor and other members of this forum.

    For swifter responses, please feel welcome to continue this conversation via email at sales@cpanel.net
     
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