The SuperSonic Subtext Build Server

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Real quickly, check out our brand spanking new build server. Notice anything different? No? Good! Hopefully everything is working just fine, but faster.

As you know, I’m ever the optimist. What’s that trite phrase, “When the crap hits the fan, make lemonade”? Or something like that.

So in this tragedy becomes triumph story, the bricking of my tiny little home built build server caused me to start thinking of a more permanent solution. In steps Eric Kemp, Rob Conery’s right hand man (in the clean sense of the idiom) on the Subsonic team.

He converted the VMWare image to run on Virtual Server and is hosting our virtual build server on a pretty hefty machine. Finally, I can shut down the virtual machine running on my desktop.

Eric ended up moving the server twice before settling on a final location. Eric, if you have a moment, remind me what the specs are on that baby.

So now it is time for me to step in with my part of the bargain, which is to help the Subsonic team get a continuous integration setup going. Now that their code is hosted in a Subversion repository, this will be a lot easier than it would’ve been before.

Even so, I’ll probably look at using CIFactory and hopefully enlist the help of an Software Configuration Management Ecowarrior, aka Jay Flowers.

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7 responses

  1. Avatar for Jay Flowers
    Jay Flowers May 17th, 2007

    I am looking forward to helping you get their CI Factory server up and running. I am sure that we can make it an entertaining and educational experience for all.

  2. Avatar for Eric Kemp
    Eric Kemp May 17th, 2007

    Dell PowerEdge 2950, Dual Core II Duo Xeon, 4GB RAM, ~200GB SCSI RAID 5+1 @ 15K RPMs, redundant everything...
    And it sounds like a jet engine when it starts up...

  3. Avatar for Steven Harman
    Steven Harman May 17th, 2007

    @Eric: AWESOME!
    I would imagine that your furnace is a bit pissed though, since it lost it's job to the server. :)

  4. Avatar for The Other Steve
    The Other Steve May 17th, 2007

    Your build appears to be broken.

  5. Avatar for Eric Kemp
    Eric Kemp May 17th, 2007

    Well, the fans in the cabinet may need to work a little harder now...
    However, it's sitting in an environment that's about as balmy as a meat locker, next to some customer cages that have the footprints of a good size house, so I don't think anyone's gonna be adjusting the thermostat on our account...

  6. Avatar for Don M
    Don M May 17th, 2007

    Okay, I give. How come your page looks so nice? Did you customize it or is this a new version/feature of CC.Net that I missed?

  7. Avatar for Darren Kopp
    Darren Kopp May 17th, 2007

    Psh. You are too leanient. Why would you let your server sleep? It should be pumping iron or figuring out how it can change it's identity into a car so it can save the world!
    But you let it sleep. Or do you just let it sleep while you blog? Because i would kill for a nap like that. That's a good hour to hour and a half nap right there ;)