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Challenge S. ideas
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Challenge S. ideas
I have a challenge S arriving soon as the price was too good to pass up - not to mention the skins are in almost new condition. I have been contemplating how to integrate this into my setup. Some ideas I have are:

Use if for backups
File server I.e. store all my inst discs, and applications, documentations etc
Can’t think of anything else...

Ps. I don’t have any experience working on headless terminals, so there will be learning curve.

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08-18-2018, 02:42 AM
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A file server would be pretty cool. Would likely make it pretty easy to share things across your different systems.

As a plus you could mirror the FTP and have local access to the files, though I don’t know how useful this would ultimately be.

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08-18-2018, 03:19 AM
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I too have a Challenge S and I plan on using it as my NIS and NFS server. They also make pretty sweet webservers too, as long as it's behind a good firewall.
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08-25-2018, 04:04 PM
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A Challenge S is best used as a dedicated webserver for documentation and a file- and installation server for sgi-specific software. Be sure to get a G130 100mbit Ethernet card since the file serving otherwise will be quite slow.
It is probably one of the lowest Watt-per-system IRIX machine, but it will never beat a dedicated NAS or embedded storage system.
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08-25-2018, 05:12 PM
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I used mine for a long time as a net-install server for IRIX workstations. At some point my Origin 200 took over.
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08-26-2018, 07:26 PM
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Install server for sure...and would probably be great for NIS and NFS for the fleet. There's an SGI 10/100 Ethernet card to watch out for besides the Phobos G130. The SGI card is supported by the miniroot by the way - so you can netinstall over 100mbit if you have one in a Challenge S or Indy.

Since you're new to Challenge S, the first Ethernet interface is AUI only, so if you're planning a network install on the Challenge S, make sure you have a transceiver.
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08-27-2018, 01:14 AM
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I was also thinking of using it for application storage, manuals etc. I also thought of using it as an FTP server. Thanks for all the good ideas.
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08-29-2018, 03:06 AM
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NIS, NTP etc would be my choice.
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