And it’s not even 14 years old. Well, I knew the day would come…
Here’s the hardware background:
I kept the server running at 24/7, always with quite a bad conscience. At last, I configured it to shut down at night after backup and come back on WOL, any key or by BIOS clock. Starting some weeks ago, a couple of times but not yet reproducibly, it didn’t. It refused to start even with the regular power key. Only shutting it off the power supply for some time let it start on power key, again. The other methods work well the next day. Everything I can think of is screaming “condensors”. Due to its age I’m not trying any repair or to pursue this in the hardware section, unless someone came up with a very easy remedy.
The thing is, I spent ages setting everything up i.e. printer and scanner server, filesharing, backups, Twonkyserver, Nextcloud, Zoneminder etc. At last, everything is working as I want it to. Although I have documented everything quite meticulously it would still take ages to get it all running the same way, again. So, after getting a new mobo I am going to try to move the system to it without a fresh install.
Does anybody have advice on what to take care of, what to do, what NOT to do?
Anything I should / I take care of before decommissioning the old mobo?
lanserv:~ # inxi -SMNDmPG System: Host: lanserv Kernel: 5.14.21-150400.24.55-default x86_64 bits: 64 Console: pty pts/0 Distro: openSUSE Leap 15.4 Machine: Type: Desktop Mobo: Gigabyte model: GA-790XTA-UD4 serial: N/A BIOS: Award v: F2 date: 12/03/2009 Memory: RAM: total: 17.5 GiB used: 1.15 GiB (6.6%) Array-1: capacity: 32 GiB note: est. slots: 4 EC: None Device-1: A0 size: 2 GiB speed: 1800 MT/s Device-2: A1 size: No Module Installed Device-3: A2 size: 8 GiB speed: 1800 MT/s Device-4: A3 size: 8 GiB speed: 1800 MT/s Graphics: Device-1: NVIDIA G98 [GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 2] driver: nouveau v: kernel Display: server: X.Org 1.20.3 driver: loaded: nouveau unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,nv,vesa resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 11.0.1 128 bits) v: 4.5 Mesa 21.2.4 Network: Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet driver: r8169 Drives: Local Storage: total: 3.4 TiB used: 761.39 GiB (21.9%) ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: BarraCuda Q1 SSD ZA240CV10001 size: 223.57 GiB ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Seagate model: ST3500514NS size: 465.76 GiB ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Marvell model: Raid VD 0 size: 931 GiB ID-4: /dev/sdd vendor: Western Digital model: WD20NPVZ-00WFZT0 size: 1.82 TiB Partition: ID-1: / size: 60 GiB used: 18.43 GiB (30.7%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 ID-2: /home size: 12.51 GiB used: 1.59 GiB (12.7%) fs: xfs dev: /dev/sda3 ID-3: /opt size: 60 GiB used: 18.43 GiB (30.7%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 ID-4: /tmp size: 60 GiB used: 18.43 GiB (30.7%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 ID-5: /var/log size: 60 GiB used: 18.43 GiB (30.7%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 ID-6: /var/tmp size: 60 GiB used: 18.43 GiB (30.7%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 ID-7: swap-1 size: 2.01 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda1
I’m going to stick with a bare metal install, legacy boot from MBR, no other OS involved, no secure boot. I’m preferring Asus for the mobo, AMD CPU, some basic graphics just for the convenience. System is on sda! sdc is the data raid, sdb / sdd for backups.
I’ll backup /etc/. I assume I need to take care of grub / boot, kernel / firmware, modify /etc/fstab/.
Any advice possible, already?
I haven’t started to look for the new hardware, yet. It will take some time as spring has come and the garden is demanding its caretaking. I’ll be grateful for any help, process may be slow - no offence!!
Thanks to all and have nice weekend! Happy Easter to the ones who care!