[CentOS] Booting Diskless Workstations

Stephen Harris lists at spuddy.org
Tue Jun 3 02:04:34 UTC 2008

On Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 03:47:04PM -0600, Joseph L. Casale wrote:
> >What's wrong with NFS?  You can even have root on NFS these days
> >A quick google found:
> >  http://www.digitalpeer.com/id/linuxnfs
> Nothing actually, just no experience with it. What is the performance like of NFS?
> Given good hardware, does this make for a production quality setup?

NFS is the traditional diskless workstation method, as used by Sun for
the past 2 or 3 decades.  The efficacy of it is very dependent on what
you're doing.  Web browsing, reading email, running the odd program;
people won't notice.  High I/O intensive applications... not suited for
diskless in the first place!  The key is mostly sufficient memory so
that the machine doesn't swap and can keep commonly accessed programs
in I/O cache.



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