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    Question Partitioning scheme on a new server - Intel Xeon E3-1270 V2 @ 3.50GHz


    I am getting a new server to add to my family. It is a Intel Xeon E3-1270 V2 @ 3.50GHz with 16 GB - Drives 2 X 1TB

    I don't all about servers and its been a while since I had to think about a fast and functional cPanel CENTOS setup.

    What do you think a great partitioning scheme would be best

    1 - /swap0 - 1 GB /boot - 0.1 GB / - 1 GB (Grow)

    2 - Partitioning: Standard Partitioning: LVM with 4gb swap, 100mb /boot, remainder as /

    3 (based on smaller drive)
    /home..remaining space (about 70GB)

    One of my current servers has this when running

    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda3 15G 819M 14G 6% /
    tmpfs 1.9G 0 1.9G 0% /dev/shm
    /dev/sdb1 459G 106G 330G 25% /backup
    /dev/sda1 99M 77M 17M 83% /boot
    /dev/sda8 374G 48G 308G 14% /home
    /dev/sda7 2.0G 71M 1.8G 4% /tmp
    /dev/sda5 15G 6.3G 7.8G 45% /usr
    /dev/sda2 50G 6.1G 41G 13% /var

    Any suggestions are very welcome!


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    It's a good partitioning scheme for Cpanel servers.
    You can also put your /var, /usr and /home under one '/' partition, but it's not a 'must'. - Online in no time
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24x7group View Post
    It's a good partitioning scheme for Cpanel servers.
    You can also put your /var, /usr and /home under one '/' partition, but it's not a 'must'.
    Thanks! That sounds good as well.

    Which one sounds best to you?

    The guys at cPanel just suggested (based on Advanced partitioning on their site)

    /tmp...4GB < In case of EA
    swap...4GB < this should be > swap...32GB < as the server has 16 GB RAM

    Does that sound perfect for a high traffic cPanel server? There will be about 300 WP sites, so maybe var should be like 80 GB?

    My data center wants to do /swap0 - 1 GB /boot - 0.1 GB / - 1 GB (Grow) as its standard.


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    Feb 2006
    Redhat suggests

    A swap partition
    A /boot partition
    A / partition
    A home partition

    Explaining it here:

    They got 2 nice warnings why you shouldn't have /usr and /var on different partitions.

    /tmp can be a file or ram (tmpfs) so you can grow it / shrink it.

    In /var mysql hosts DBs, if you decide to make it a different partition, make it big. For 300 WPs it might need more space for DBs. I got a server with almost 150 accounts and it's already at 50GB. (But that depends of course).

    From the other hand having multiple partitions helps with IO problems (you could possibly find out quicker where the problem is located with commands like iostat. You can understand if for example some heavy write or read in /var it's mysql or /home, a user or /usr apache, etc).

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