Netgear FA311TX

Justin Moore justin at
Fri May 24 17:54:00 PDT 2002

   Not to get, er, off-topic here, but what *are* people's opinions on
the Netgear FA311TX (or even the FA312)?  I hate to break up a wonderful
NIS discussion, I just get my hopes up every time a new e-mail comes in
on this thread. :)


Department of Computer Science, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0129
Email:  justin at

On Mon, 20 May 2002, Mike Davis wrote:

> I think that Greg and the other posters are talking on different
> levels. What Greg is saying makes sense. If every node is a slave,
> every node has the maps and can use localhost as the NIS server. In
> this case, NIS is being used as an alternative to propagating a master
> password file to all of the nodes.
> As a practical point, I like to have a number of slave servers and I
> used this method (ie. each machine a slave) on even small
> installations to make sure that network traffic didn't keep people
> from being able to login. Since the maps are on all of the machines,
> and each machine can serve the others, the chances of complete failure
> drop dramatically (assuming that your jobs to propagate maps actually
> work).
> Mike
> Serguei Patchkovskii wrote:
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Greg Lindahl" <lindahl at>:
> > > No, I mean every machine is a slave server. This is considered "best
> > > practices" in large Unix shops that use yp... it's the only way to get
> > > it to run fast.
> >
> > As a practical point, I did have a 94-node fast ethernet cluster, with nodes
> > configured as NIS clients (-not- as slave servers). NIS was used to
> > distribute
> > passwd, hosts, services, and automounter maps. The performance of NIS
> > was nether an issue.
> >
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