LAMP Production Server - Dell 2850

Alejandro Sanchez Marín asmarin at
Fri Sep 8 14:51:39 UTC 2006

Hi Bill, i have a similar configuration and best practice is:

Logical drive 0: Put here / and swap partition if you need it.

Logical drive 1: Use LVM to split RAID5 hardware into 3 partitions and
put here /var, /usr and /home partitions. About partition distribution....

/home = 300 users * quota space for each one
/var= 70% of raid5 - /home
/usr= 30% of raid5 - /home

Using LVM on your RAID5 you will say something like that (example from
linux RAID howto, dont see values like optimal for you....):

# df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/md0              942M  419M  475M  47% /
/dev/vg0/backup        40G  1.3M   39G   1% /backup
/dev/vg0/amdata       496M  237M  233M  51% /var/lib/amanda
/dev/vg0/mirror        62G   56G  2.9G  96% /mnt/mirror
/dev/vg0/webroot       97M  6.5M   85M   8% /var/www
/dev/vg0/local        2.0G  458M  1.4G  24% /usr/local
/dev/vg0/netswap      3.0G  2.1G 1019M  67% /mnt/netswap

With this, you have a good production server to run.

Well, try it if you want and good luck. :-D

Bill Asher escribió:
> Thanks everyone for the encouragement, I feel safe that Ubuntu is the
> distro I hoped it was in the production world.
> I will be using it mainly for an internal application, single domain
> running Apache2, MySQL5, PHP5. This app will be a quoting system for
> in-house sales department for about 300 users. I could use some advice
> on server deployment and setup. I am in the early stages so I’d like
> to gather as much info as I can without being a pest, but I’ve found
> most admins are more than happy to help fellow admins out.
> My first dev box is a Dell PowerEdge 2850 (it had W2k3 Enterprise on
> it, blah!):
> 2 – 3.0 Ghz Xeon CPU
> 2 Gb ECC DDR2 Memory
> 6 – 73Gb SCSI HDs
> Controller Card Perc 4e/Di
> Logical Drive 0: 2 – 73Gb Scsi RAID1 /dev/sda
> Logical Drive 1: 4 – 73Gb Scsi RAID5 (the controller wont allow me to
> choose RAID1, only 5 or 0) /dev/sdb
> I installed Ubuntu LAMP install to /dev/sda just to see if all would
> run, hardware compatibility,etc and it works great. Now my question is
> what would be the recommended partition and OS install. OR should I
> just re-direct MySQL DBs, /srv/www, logs to /dev/sdb
> Thank you for helping in this project. I look to have 2 production
> servers and 2 dev servers, slowly replacing the 14 W2k3 servers we
> have now. Our owners are committed to open-source and so is my IT
> department and we are replacing .Net programmers with PHP freaks!!
> Thanks,
> Bill
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* ubuntu-server-bounces at
> [mailto:ubuntu-server-bounces at] *On Behalf Of *Bill Asher
> *Sent:* Thursday, September 07, 2006 2:06 PM
> *To:* ubuntu-server at
> *Subject:* LAMP Production Server - Dell 2850
> We are planning on rolling out an internal web application to LAMP.
> I’m at the point of choosing a Linux distro that will be stable and
> growing community. I am fimilar with Linux and mostly FreeBSD in a
> production environment.
> I’m looking for encouragement to go with Ubuntu Server in our
> production app because I really like the distro and its outlook.
> Server admin, how has your experience been, should we go with Ubuntu
> and has anyone installed on Dell PowerEdge 2850s
> Thanks!!
> Bill
> **B. Asher**
> Network Administrator
> National Auto Warranty Services
> W: 636.625.2552 x.: 7715
> M: 314.749.6936
> bill.asher at <mailto:bill.asher at>

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