xServe woes...

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by mBox, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. mBox macrumors 68020

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    Ive been holding back on fixing some issues with our xServe.
    For the past year we've been having issues with permissions, slow transfer rates and the server trying to reach apple update a million times a day (so claims our IT folks).
    Its an older PowerPC xServe running Leopard Server.
    Would it make sense to re-install the OS again (2nd time) to purge any oddities e.g. users losing their privilidges etc...
    No budget to buy MacIntel one :(


    Any tips would be great!
     
  2. hakuryuu macrumors 6502

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    Have you tried doing a repair permissions/repair disk?

    What version of OS X Server are you running?
     
  3. mBox thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Any tips on that? Currently running an xServe RAID off FC. Tried to use Disk Util and the verify/repair perm disk is greyed out.
    I ran the verify and it threw a ton of errors at me :p Basically it stated that it cant verify. The errors are:
    incorrect number of attributes
    incorrent number of Access Controls.

    I did try the main HD and at least go the option to verify/repair perm disk.
    That might take eons till I get results.

    Currently running OSX Leopard Server 10.5.6.

    Thanks for replying :)
     
  4. hakuryuu macrumors 6502

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    Try booting off the installer disc to run a disc/permissions repair. This is only needed for your boot drive.

    Based on limited experience with Xserve RAID units I don't believe you should even need to do a permissions check on that unit. However you may need to rebuild the RAID. Have you checked it to see if any drives are reporting problems? Check the “Using RAID Admin and Disk Utility” manual on the CD that came with your system.
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    How many users?

    You probably want to consider a the Mac Mini server.
     
  6. mBox thread starter macrumors 68020

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    sounds enticing but were running 3 RAID enclosures of our xServe (over 20TB) using FC.
    not sure if Mac Mini has FC?
     
  7. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    It doesn't.
     
  8. wildwell macrumors newbie

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    Or an entry Mac Pro tower running OSX Server.
     
  9. hakuryuu macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, but there is only about $100 in cost savings between a base line MP and the Xserve. As soon as you add a Fibre Channel card ($600 for a Dual channel 4Gb) to either one and OS X server to the MP ($499) the benefit of using an Xserve in the same rack as your RAIDs becomes rather evident.

    Any luck so far Mbox?
     
  10. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    Do the system/server logs show anything? Is the network running clean any errors on the ethernet interface?


    EDIT: Have you checked the array status is it healthy?
     

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