[TriLUG] Dual-homed Internet?

Paul Bennett paul.w.bennett at gmail.com
Sat Oct 23 14:52:04 EDT 2010

On Fri, 22 Oct 2010 09:39:58 -0400, Clay Stuckey <cstuckey at govsg.com>  

> Your traffic will not go to disk so the hard drive will be of little  
> importance.

Logs and RRDs will go to disk, and processes that start will come from  
disk. I figure I may as well use a fast-ish hard drive for both of those  
things to reduce IO wait time. The box ought not be starting many  
processes after boot time, but there's always stuff coming and going on  
any production system. I could run off of an SD card, I suppose, to avoid  
wasting most of an SSD, but I'd like to keep voluminous logs, at least  
during the "burn in" period, so a real HDD is a must.

As far as the rest of the PC I described that I am going to use: The  
hardware I listed happens to be what I've got laying around ready-to-use.  
I appreciate it may be overkill, but I'd rather go for overkill than  
underkill, especially if I have to deliberately take steps to go out of my  
way purposely to risk underkill.

Regarding pfsense: I'd heard you had to be careful to choose  
OpenBSD-supported hardware. If the supported hardware list is actually big  
enough for me not to get worried (i.e. I can stick any ol' random NICs in  
it that I happen to have in my box of misc parts), I'll put pfsense back  
on my list of things to consider. At some point, though, I'm going to have  
to make a decision and stick with it.

Thanks for the thoughts and suggestions everyone posted. Even if I haven't  
directly addressed them above, I'll be digesting and pondering them.


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