I'm surprised this thread has not seen much activity- have searched but perhaps missed something.
I'm still in the early stages of setup and I repeat rule #1 every morning ;-)
My only MD at the moment is my work notebook - an HP6710b.
CPU: Intel Core™2 Duo Processor T7500 @ 2.2Ghz
Before I broke it (turning on bluetooth from admin website?), I timed it at
netbooting in 500s - 8min20s. Very slow.
I don't know if the speed is to do with the fact that it may still have been setting up/installing a few things or if it is just the slow network - 10/100 hub as the bottleneck. When It's stabilised, I'll try plugging it directly into the core NIC2 with a cross-over cable to test the difference before I splash out on my Gig switch.
I would think netboot times would be of interest- do most people leave most of their MDs on all the time or do they start them as required? I guess if it's around 2min it's ok - but at 8+ min that baby had better be left running!
I tend to leave mine on.. You should see great improvements in boot times when switching to your new infrastructure. Actually since you are using a hub you have something comparable to WiFi 54Mbit... And even an upgrade to 100 Mbits switched network should yield quite some improvements - and with the relatively fast processor on your current MD Gbit network would also improve things.
Mine is an Atom MD - thus booting is quite slow!
The upside is, that even when blocking the vents in its small case it gets REALLY hot, but runs very stable (probably with decreased life span), even with full load for hours - so I can turn down the fans to minimum when idling..
BUT: I would really prefer that "Suspend to RAM" got way better implemented! I never got mine to work doing S3 - this is under 8.10, and I am switching to 10.04 very soon (2 weeks time, since I get a new server)..
Can anybody with 10.04 experience inform if S3 is working now??
Personally I do not find 2 min. booting to be OK. Something on the 20+ sec. is what I can live with, that equals the time for the projector (I don't own a TV) to get to full brightness.