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OS X Server redundant home directories

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We wish to make our Xserve a bit more redundant.  I understand we can replicate our open directory to another Xserve but what if we wish to introduce some redundancy with home directories?  Short of going with a SAN solution what would be a way to do this on the cheap?

I thought possibly just splitting the home directories between the two servers so if one of the servers went down at least have the home dirs are still up and then could copy the rest over from a backup.  Does anyone else have any suggestions on this?

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Well, the first thing is that for redundancy, there is no such thing as "on the cheap" ;)

Now, for full redundancy, I would recommend that since you have a SAN, acquire a second xServe.

Once you have a second xServe, configure cluster services for OS X. Doing this, will provide you with redundancy beyond just user home directories.

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OK--  We don't have a SAN.  NOT having a SAN, how else could we make a single Xserve redundant by introducing only an additional Xserve?  Is that possible?  What else may we need to add to our environment to achieve redundancy for the home dirs, etc.?

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