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Author Topic: Linux distribution advice  (Read 926 times)

g3uiss

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Linux distribution advice
« on: July 14, 2018, 05:44:22 PM »

Iím looking to move both my DSL Stats instances, off my windows servers, onto two small Linux distroís  I can run on my ESXi 5.5 host.

This has plenty of resource and would enable continuous monoitoring, as with the windows servers they get rebooted at least monthly if only for patching.

Any recommendations as to a small distro just to run DSL stats ? Iím familiar with Ubuntu but not recently in its early days so something quite standard I suspect. I had thought of Pie, but having the ESXi box seemed unnecessary expense.

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Re: Linux distribution advice
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2018, 05:56:56 PM »

I use RHEL but it would be quite unnecessary for your usage case.

Perhaps something like PCLinuxOS might be appropriate?
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Re: Linux distribution advice
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2018, 06:03:19 PM »

Thanks. I will give that a try. Iíve used KDE before so will try that. Should be a faily quick process to try :)
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Re: Linux distribution advice
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2018, 06:19:53 PM »

Thanks. I will give that a try. Iíve used KDE before so will try that. Should be a faily quick process to try :)

The beauty of VMs is its so easy to try anything out.

I run fedora day to day, but on a scratchpad VM almost always use ubuntu, just less to worry about.

If you are not currently running a linux instance on your esxi host I'd recommend latest ubuntu for the first DSLStats, easy transition back into linux (sorry if I misunderstand but sounds like you have not run linux in a minute or so), then once you know exactly what you want go and find something slimmer or more suited for the second.

Can I ask why you run 2 instances of DSLStats? Just added redundancy?
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Re: Linux distribution advice
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2018, 07:03:49 PM »

as with the windows servers they get rebooted at least monthly if only for patching.

why is that a problem?
just have dslstats set to open on startup.
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Re: Linux distribution advice
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2018, 07:38:02 PM »

why is that a problem?
just have dslstats set to open on startup.
Itís not a problem and I have it starting using GPO. I am trying to get my servers consolidated and might just end up needing a home for one of my lines monitoring. Seemed a simple and clean solution.
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Re: Linux distribution advice
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2018, 10:08:14 PM »


Can I ask why you run 2 instances of DSLStats? Just added redundancy?
Two lines one for each service. Yes used Ubuntu before. Might try what B*Cat suggested first as you say very easy as a VM's delete and try again  :)
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Re: Linux distribution advice
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2018, 11:08:51 PM »

Ah gotcha, 2 lines, silly me!

Does esxi support containers? That would be the neatest way to run several instances of DSLStats on the bare minimum. I only have experience of proxmox as a virtualisation host, it can cook up an LXC instance in a couple of clicks that could run DSLStats with a tiny storage and memory footprint.
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Re: Linux distribution advice
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2018, 11:15:56 PM »

No not as such, but itís so easy to clone a VM, so once one is running with appropriate software just clone and change IP and ready to go. A basic distro really doesnít need much resource at all, compared even to a simple windows machine.
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2018, 11:22:30 PM »

Sure but then you have 2 full blown systems running for what is really a very simple program.

I know docker feels like another "latest thing" fad, but this kind of use case really suits it. You could run one linux instance (that can do other things) and run the 2 DSLStats in containers.
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Re: Linux distribution advice
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2018, 09:56:43 AM »

Donít know about Docker ?

Any links to look at ?
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Re: Linux distribution advice
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2018, 06:41:50 PM »

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Re: Linux distribution advice
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2018, 09:49:25 PM »

Um

I think 2 Linux vmís look like a simple solution. 2gb RAM each and a tad of HD space not a huge overhead.
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Re: Linux distribution advice
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2018, 11:50:01 PM »

Certainly the easiest option to start with.

Once you have a linux instance running you could try playing with docker for fun, here is a container set up to run DSLStats with a VNC server for viewing:

https://hub.docker.com/r/rossallan/dslstats/

There are lots of nice getting started tutorials, the one on their main website is a good start.
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Re: Linux distribution advice
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2018, 12:59:50 PM »

Certainly the easiest option to start with.

Once you have a linux instance running you could try playing with docker for fun, here is a container set up to run DSLStats with a VNC server for viewing:

https://hub.docker.com/r/rossallan/dslstats/

There are lots of nice getting started tutorials, the one on their main website is a good start.

Thanks @johnson will take a look at that and perhaps give it a play !
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