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jeffluckett
2006-09-08, 04:23
If you were to do a "fresh install" of Win2k3 server on a box dedicated to host only slimserver and MusicIP, how would you tweak it? It will also do some side-duty as a general purpose file-server...

Also ... if you'd prefer to not use Win2k3, what other OS would you use and why. (note ... I'm a Linux Dolt, but willing to learn ... so keep that in mind)

Machine Specs:
PIII - 800Mhz with 256Meg

(I'm speccing 2K3 because I actually have a legal copy from my MSDN subscription, and that's actually what's currently installed on that machine).

Robin Bowes
2006-09-08, 04:31
jeffluckett wrote:
> If you were to do a "fresh install" of Win2k3 server on a box dedicated
> to host only slimserver and MusicIP, how would you tweak it? It will
> also do some side-duty as a general purpose file-server...
>
> Also ... if you'd prefer to not use Win2k3, what other OS would you use
> and why. (note ... I'm a Linux Dolt, but willing to learn ... so keep
> that in mind)
>
> Machine Specs:
> PIII - 800Mhz with 256Meg
>
> (I'm speccing 2K3 because I actually have a legal copy from my MSDN
> subscription, and that's actually what's currently installed on that
> machine).

I'm not sure what MusicIP requirements are. If that requires Windows
then ignore most of the following.

Personally, I'd use Linux.

Why? Experience has shown that slimserver runs better under Linux.

I'm relatively experienced with it, but other new users seem to manage
to get a Linux installation up and running and to install slimserver.

Why not give it a go? It's free! You can always fall back to 2K3 if
necessary.

R.

jeffluckett
2006-09-08, 05:12
jeffluckett wrote:[color=blue]
I'm not sure what MusicIP requirements are. If that requires Windows
then ignore most of the following.

Personally, I'd use Linux.

Why? Experience has shown that slimserver runs better under Linux.

I'm relatively experienced with it, but other new users seem to manage
to get a Linux installation up and running and to install slimserver.

Why not give it a go? It's free! You can always fall back to 2K3 if
necessary.

R.

MusicIP does have a Linux install ... Linux would be a non-starter for me if I couldn't have MusicMagic.

I should point out that I already have it all running under Widows ... and was hoping to tweak for maximum performance for its SlimServer duties. That said ... I am not above dumping Windows for Linux if there were a strong argument in favor of that.

What distro would you use, and what benefit would you see me getting out of the switch. (Remember, "free" isn't a consideration here, since I already own windows. "Secure" also isn't much of a consideration either since I'm NAT-ed and Firewalled, and slimserver is not exposed to the 'net)

Dr Lovegrove
2006-09-08, 06:06
On 08/09/06, jeffluckett
<jeffluckett.2dtcro1157714702 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
>
> If you were to do a "fresh install" of Win2k3 server on a box dedicated
> to host only slimserver and MusicIP, how would you tweak it? It will
> also do some side-duty as a general purpose file-server...

I run XP on my server box and the best thing I did was to
install ActiveState's perl and run Slimserver in a command line
window.. I tend to run it with the --d_server switch so I can see if
it's not a happy bunny quite easily.. I run it from a .bat file too
which re-invokes it up to 3 times if it crashes..

Also, turn off indexing, firewalls, screensavers, updates and all
that fancy XP stuff that just eats up memory and CPU.. If you're
not using 6.5 yet, it's worth doing that..

I'd look into more RAM possibly too as it's so cheap these days..

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funkstar
2006-09-08, 11:39
I'd look into more RAM possibly too as it's so cheap these days..
Although if it is for a P3 then it might be quite pricey as not much is being produced. eBay might be an idea.

Doesnęt work with Win2K3 i don't think, but if you went with XP you could try XPlite from http://www.litepc.com/ with allows you to remove windows components that you don't need. I'm planning to try this out on my HTPC once i get it running as i want it.

Mike Meyer
2006-09-12, 12:53
I run it from a .bat file too which re-invokes it up to 3 times if it crashes..


Would you be willing to share the commands in this bat file? That sounds like a good idea. I'm at work right now and my SS has apparently died at home so I'm SOL the rest of the day.

Thanks!

Dr Lovegrove
2006-09-14, 07:17
On 12/09/06, Mike Meyer
<Mike.Meyer.2e1f1n1158090901 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
>
> Would you be willing to share the commands in this bat file? That
> sounds like a good idea. I'm at work right now and my SS has
> apparently died at home so I'm SOL the rest of the day.

Running from a batch file is pretty simple..

* Firstly, make sure you've got the latest ActivePerl installed
from http://www.activestate.com/

* Shut down slimserver and make sure it's service is either 'manual'
or 'disabled' in control panel->admin tools->services

* Run your batch file.

My main batch file's pretty basic. If slimserver crashes, it restarts it
with lots more debugging turned on. I've got more 'starts' before the
pause so if it's just a random crash it restarts ok.. The file
"E:\SlimServer\server\crash.txt" gets written with various dates and
times..

E:
cd E:\SlimServer\server
echo --------- > E:\SlimServer\server\crash.txt
echo Slimserver Started >> E:\SlimServer\server\crash.txt
DATE /T >> E:\SlimServer\server\crash.txt
TIME /T >> E:\SlimServer\server\crash.txt
start /B /WAIT perl slimserver.pl --d_server
echo Slimserver Crashed >> E:\SlimServer\server\crash.txt
DATE /T >> E:\SlimServer\server\crash.txt
TIME /T >> E:\SlimServer\server\crash.txt
start E:\SlimServer\server\crash.txt
start /B /WAIT perl slimserver.pl --d_server --d_cli --d_plugin
--d_source --d_remotestream --d_scan --d_artwork
echo Slimserver Crashed again >> E:\SlimServer\server\crash.txt
DATE /T >> E:\SlimServer\server\crash.txt
TIME /T >> E:\SlimServer\server\crash.txt
pause

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