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Are there any blogs/ recommended readings on how to setup/configure/manage large ( 500 + ) unix servers in a single / multiple data center ? I am trying to understand best practices, network design suggestions as well.


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Ah - rewrite as "small". Really. 500 machiens is not hugh. How would you clasify 100.000 machine data centers then? (Like a LOT of hosters have). In particular, 500 machiens may only be 12 racks ;) – TomTom Feb 7 '11 at 14:54
@TomTom, you could do 500 in just over 3 racks using blades actually :) – Chopper3 Feb 7 '11 at 15:15

I'm not aware of any A-to-Z guides for this as usually people responsible for the design and build of a 500+ server environment have already gained significant experience in these basics. I'd be worried if you're being asked to do so yet asking for such basic, non-specific, help. Feel free to ask more specific questions here though.

share|improve this answer has a good checklist of best practices and general guidelines. The information looks a little bit outdated, but most of the things they suggest are still to be considered when setting up a large data center environment.

Some of the topics covered:

  1. Version Control
  2. Gold Server
  3. Directory/Authentication Servers
  4. Network File Servers
  5. Configuration/Application management
  6. Monitoring
  7. ...
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Thanks! i will have a look – vidyarthi Feb 8 '11 at 6:15

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