Over Spring Break I installed (re-purposed) the old mail and web server as squid caching servers for Hardin Central and Espy. By putting this hardware it place it will:

  • Take the load of routing off of the file servers.
  • Transparently cache data in the buildings. What this means is when a person visits a site, information for the site will be cached locally, freeing up bandwidth between the buildings and making the Internet appear faster.

A side effect will be that if a machine has the wrong directory server configured, no one will be able to log in. So far this hasn’t been an issue, but if you have a machine no one can log into, please submit a Help Desk request.

In the next few weeks I’m going to be experimenting with moving DNS and DHCP from the file server in those buildings to the router, speeding up the file server in the process.