Choosing the First AFS Machine

The first AFS machine you install must have sufficient disk space to store AFS volumes. To take best advantage of AFS's capabilities, store client-side binaries as well as user files in volumes. When you later install additional file server machines in your cell, you can distribute these volumes among the different machines as you see fit.

These instructions configure the first AFS machine as a database server machine, the binary distribution machine for its system type, and the cell's system control machine. For a description of these roles, see the OpenAFS Administration Guide.

Installation of additional machines is simplest if the first machine has the lowest IP address of any database server machine you currently plan to install. If you later install database server functionality on a machine with a lower IP address, you must first update the /usr/vice/etc/CellServDB file on all of your cell's client machines. For more details, see Installing Database Server Functionality.