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Re: Setting up a new mirror

Thank you Carsten Otto for your reply.
Let me clarify some points

I have permission and support from my college authorities. We will have a team to manage the server and it will be ensured that the mirror will be live 24X7.

The Desktop PC that we intend to use will be devoted to this purpose alone and will be place in College Laboratory. But this is not a server grade computer and we have only a 7200RPM SATA HDD (and a backup).

Vishnu CN
B.Tech (Batch: 2010-2014)
Computer Science and Engineering
Govt. Model Engineering College

On Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 7:58 PM, Carsten Otto <otto@informatik.rwth-aachen.de> wrote:
Hi Vishnu,

first of all, I'm not associated with Debian at all, but I run a popular
mirror server in Germany (ftp2.de.debian.org).

>From the technical side of things, the computer you mentioned should
suffice. However, please also think about the following aspects:

 - A mirror server is useful not only if it is fast, but also if it is
   reliable. So it should run all year long with as little outtime as
   possible. Does your server still run if you need to replace a hard
   drive? Will the server be there for the next few years (i.e., what
   happens after you graduate?)?
 - Any kind of server should be run in accordance to the team running
   your college's network. Running a server, especially with high
   traffic, without their OK is not wise. I don't know if you clarified
   the situation already.
 - Correct me if I'm wrong, but I have the impression that you intend to
   use your desktop computer in your dorm room as a server. If so, there
   are several more issues: What if you move out? What if you need to
   reboot your computer because you are using it for other things? What
   about securing access to the computer, if you're using it for many
   other tasks (each with a potential risk)? Maybe each user has a
   traffic limit (my mirror does about 50 MBit/sec on average, which
   sums up to 16 TByte each month).

I don't know how exactly the mirror situation in India is, so even if
your mirror is not a perfect fit, it might still be a good idea to have
it. Let's see what other people say.

Best regards,
Carsten Otto
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