Thursday, 25 March 2010

Laptop As Backup Server


Salam Anak IT. I'll just post a short and simple article for today.
Any readers who run/maintain a server? If yes, do you have a back-up just in-case your main server beulah? Purchasing another server might sounds good but I would like to share my other alternative.
In office, (becerita ta plang nah...) I have layers of Server Back-Up and one of them is using an extra laptop yang "inda bepakai". It might sound "irrelevant" but as I said I am just sharing my ideas. For this purpose, the laptop needs to run 24/7... But... Ok kah tue? Inda melatup kah?
So far, the longest period that I didn't switched off (not even restarting) the LAPTOP was about 6 to 7 months? Hahaha it is a LAPTOP; not an ordinary PC. For those yang satu kepala with this title, I would like to share certain points with you.
Facts on usage:
  1. Act as a BACK-UP server (at the office)
  2. Also act as SECONDARY Web Server
  3. A tool for me to troubleshoot my office's network from remote location (outside office)
  4. A tool to troubleshoot network locally (within office's building)
Kebaikan:
  • Semua yang tertera di atas
  • It is compact (portable) rather than having another PC for such purpose
  • Less power consumption compared to ordinary PC/Server
  • Only need ONE power cord
Tips & Recommendations:
  1. Make sure you lift the laptop up a little bit for ventilation
  2. Heat is the worse enemy for any electronic devices and so make sure the room is always air-conditioned
  3. Never use Wi-fi connectivity for this purpose.
  4. Secure its FTP access (for Back-Up through FTP)
Well... As I said, nothing much sebenarnya but I appreciate your time for reading this (even if you don't understand) hahaha but yeah... That is another thing that you could do with your extra laptop. Until the next post.
Wassalam...