RE: migrating from NT -> squid.

From: Marc van Selm <>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 09:00:24 +0200

At 05:33 PM 10/15/99 -0600, Eric Surbey wrote:
>yes, I'm sorry. I meant MS Proxy. I'm sort of new at this. Anyone had any

There are no real issues. Squid is completely different. You need to
install a new OS (whatever Unix).

I'd use Linux or Solaris. In my experience the Sun Ultras with Solaris2.5
are more stable than the various Linux boxes I'm running (especially when
you treat the machines badly) but I'm pretty sure that is caused by Sun's
more stable hardware platform (at least my Ultra-1s are almost
indestructible) but you pay the price in $ for the hardware so a PC-server
running any Unix is fine for most jobs.

I would install a second machine with all your new stuff installed, test it
and make the swap. I'm not sure how you run your MS proxy but Squid works
great with multiple disks for the cache directories. So if you have more
than one (SCSI) disk available use them for your cache. Squid will balance
the load between the disks. My Sun running Solaris appreciates 128MB RAM if
I only run squid (and Openwindows) for about 300 users and 10G cache. I
prefer to run it with 256MB so I can use the box for scientific purposes
(squid only uses <10% CPU on the 140MHz RISC CPU). The disk-load is high so
get fast disks and SCSI.

The only issue I can think of is that the interface is different. It does
not have to be command-line only (the horror or our NT admins) but you can
look at tools like Webmin which give a nice GUI (not only for Squid).


>Eric Surbey
>Sterne Stackhouse Inc.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Rodney Savard []
> > Sent: Friday, October 15, 1999 4:56 PM
> > To: Eric Surbey
> > Cc: Squid Mailing List (E-mail)
> > Subject: Re: migrating from NT -> squid.
> >
> > > Does anyone know of some articles or how tos for changing from NT IIS to
> > > squid?
> >
> > ??? IIS is a web server, Squid is a web proxy. Are you sure you don't
> > mean switching from MS Proxy to Squid? I would definitely recommend it!
> > Squid is much better than MS Proxy.
> >
> >
> > ---
> > Rodney M. Savard, Savard Software
> > Tri-Cities, Washington, USA
> > -

Marc van Selm
NATO C3 Agency
Communication Systems Division, A-Branch
Tel: +31 70 3142454
Received on Wed Oct 20 1999 - 01:08:25 MDT

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