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I've taken on what is a very ambitious project for myself as my term assignment in my Hardware and Operating Systems class. It isn't due until December, but I'd love to get a head-start on it and start learning what I can about setting up and maintaining a server before hand. The only server management I've seen is a demonstration of a WindowsNT server setup teaching user, group, and share management, with little hands-on experience.<br><br>
For my project I intend to create a server cluster composed of two Pentium 200Mhz machines with a purpose of streaming audio. It will basically come down to having a dedicated server for a radio station to make my WoW-addicted friends' grinding less tedious and depressing.<br><br>
I'm not sure what I plan to do exactly yet, as I have NO server experience except basic NT. I do know that I will either set up a load-balanced cluster or a mirrored server. By mirrored server, I mean that one box will image the working box in real-time and take over the work load immediately if the primary box fails, without no or very limited service interuption. I think a load-balanced server would make more sense right now though, as it will perform better and still run if one box fails.<br><br>
I'd really, really appreciate some links to good guides and tutorials that anyone may know of that can explain a lot of common terms in server administration and information on how to set up and manage your own basic servers. Knowing a lot of these terms and steps taken will help me choose which Linux distrobution will be needed for what I want to do. Right now the only distro I have available that will run well on the machines is Damn Small Linux, which is already installed for now on both of them.<br><br>
Thank you very much to anyone who actually read this whole post and is willing to help.
 

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OK, i have heard a lot of good things about fedora linux for servers. Honestly though there is a better way of streaming audio (if you mean over the net). There is a program that will stream audio for you, under the ip you give it. I will look for it now. Then basically anyone with can pick it up from the source with a media player. You can also then make make a web page hosted on the server, and have it auto connect ppl at its address. <br />
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I cant however remember the program name, but give me a while and i'll find it for you.
 

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Yea i think its shout cast. Oh by the way as for the OS of the system, if that program doesnt work on fedora. Try get your hands on Windows 2000 Server, it will run all of the XP server programs and its very stable.
 

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I have my second rig as ftp server ( which can stream music any where I'm)<br />
I use ceburarus ftp server software its free.<br />
And Servers is all about Upload speed!!!
 

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Well, upload speed isn't a big deal as I've got a good enough pair of hard drives - standard 7200RPM with (I think) a 9MS seek time. I'll be transferring over LAN most likely anyway, but if not I'll be uploading from a 10Mbps connection anyway.<br />
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Thanks for your suggestions so far, but remember, this is being hosting on two 200Mhz Pentium machines. Windows Server will not be tolerated! lol<br />
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But anyway, DarkLordJay, do you know if Fedora has a light-weight distro available? I'm going to check the site right now, but the reason I'm asking here as well is because when I checked the CentOS site it only had a 2 ISO version available - CentOS 2 I believe - when what I'm looking for is a possibly much older version that I think goes by CentOS Basic. I didn't see it on their site though.<br />
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I've just downloaded the minimal Gentoo OS, so until I get any feedback I'm going to see what I can do with that.
 
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