If you've been following along, you'll know that I've just completed a rebuild of my home linux server which had a fatal hardware failure. You can find the posts here:
- Server Meltdown - A Tale Of An Upgrade
- Server Meltdown Part Two
- Server Meltdown Part Three - Where A Monitor Is Not Your Friend
- Server Meltdown Part Four - Where The NIC Hates You
- Server Meltdown Part Five - Where Spare Hardware Is Your Friend
- Server Meltdown Part Six - It's Alive!
- Server Meltdown Part Seven - Where We Finish Up And Get Samba Installed
And what did I learn?
- Having good backups are a life saver.
- Never trust integrated components, neither graphics controllers nor network cards. I actually knew this, but had forgotten…
- Debian is easy to set up when you've done it a couple of times already :-)
- Sometimes, just starting from scratch and dealing with the pain is faster than trying to recover and reinstall configurations from backups.
Your mileage may vary.