By December 23, 2006

Janus reborn

Much like my professional career, resurrecting my file server Janus was a mixed bag of partial victories and compromises.

I originally wanted to install Solaris 10 and utilize the amazing, cancer-healing powers of ZFS. I ran the Solaris 10 install DVD after putting in a new motherboard and processor. The installer crashed at the 3% mark. I decided to hell with it, re-opened the Windows XP OS disk from Janus of Old, and installed new motherboard drivers and had software RAID 5 setup functioning in less time than it took me to navigate Sol10’s graphical and X-based configuration wizard. Once again, never believe a Solaris guru when he says something is “pretty easy.” It just ain’t true for us mortals.

I’ve started the data migration. I’m not sure how long it’s going to take. Moving 210GB from the Studio 1 drive to my new array took about ten hours. I have another 250GB to move over from Studio 2, another 150GB from As Yet Unnamed Drive and then probably another 80GB or so from Chozou. Chozouwhich was originally my backup drive but had to do double duty once my original upgrade attempt took a dump and I thought about reinstalling Windows XP Pro on my OS drive. The sooner I can move the data off and go back to using him as a backup drive for my digital photos, the happier I will be.

Now that the hard work is done, I need a new name for my file server. I think “Phoenix” might be appropriate, but a little too expected. I also considered “Lazarus,” but that was the name of a salvage drive I had for awhile when I lost my music collection. Bad juju, probably.

Any suggestions?

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  1. The Protolawyer (TM) says:

    How about Augean Stables (after the Herculean task where he had to clean those stables…)

  2. roclar says:

    Glad you managed to resurrect the beast. Sorry Solaris 10 didn’t work out. Wish Solaris was happier to install from media and had a larger HCL.

    You could go for a zombie or angelic theme since the system has risen/come back from the dead. I think Phoenix is pushing it though. Or you could go for something completely random like “Cheese Doodle” or “Pony”. At least now the name seems to be your biggest hurdle. 🙂

  3. I could name a couple of names from a TV show, but I’m not sure if that would be a spoiler for you or not.

  4. Mike says:

    I’d say something more along the lines of reincarnation – Buddhist or Hindu, maybe. Sigrun, a reincarnated valkyrie; Bhava, the Buddhist idea of ‘becoming again’; Samsara, the Hindu concept; or, for fun, Shirley MacLaine.

    Writing this has solidified my decision to donate to Wikipedia. 🙂