What is the best way to be a file server in Linux? *I'm a newb* (all help welcomed)
I would prefer direct Gentoo help, but I believe I can transpond information given in other distributions...
Can someone help me design a small-business file server?
What I have:
Athlon 64 3700+ Clawhammer (939)
Gigabyte iDNA nForce 4 Ultra mobo (default kernel driver)
Integrated ICH5 (GeForce 6100) video card (nvidia driver)
(2) 160gb WD SATAII NcQ drives. (one for file / one for backup)
Intel Pro/1000MT (e1000)
What I have done:
I have set my kernel up to match exactly to what I have... No more, no less. I have setup the basic networking functions to give me the internet so that I can start "building" what I need. The server has been developed to be a server, nothing more.
The O/S is Gentoo 2006.0 (2.6.16-r9) Stage 3 x86_64
The kernel is gentoo-sources (basic/cut-down)
The system has Xorg (so I can do logging with more consoles)
What do I have already on the system:
e1000 (NIC drivers)
apache2 (for "quick access" webpage)
cupsd (for log printing)
I am sharing amongst Windows and Linux clients, is Samba the best (and only) choice I have to share files in a LAN network?
What should I emerge?
What do I need to do that would help performance as a file server?
What should I do to make it better?
Is their any other packages I should get that could make it a better file server?
Should I encrypt it?
What can I do to the kernel to enhance it's abilites to file serve?
How do I program cron (to backup)?
Should I do something else, did I make a wise choice?
Is their things I should do for my network?
In terms of networking, my computers are on IPCop router. It has a green interface which is the "office" connection. Their is also a blue for wireless... Their is red for WAN... And then I have this server indirectly on an ornage DMZ.
The system goes from NIC (orange) > Netscreen 5GT firewall > To #1 ort > to 5 port switch > server
Is their anything I should change on the network to make it better / faster / more secure?
I use ReiserFS, since it is stable and fast, for the file serving partition.
Is their anything in /etc I should remember to configure?
That is about it...
--thanks in advance
pquote]Is their any other packages I should get that could make it a better file server?[/quote]
No, not really.
I also suggest vsftpd as your FTP daemon, as it has reputation for being more secure than other FTP daemons.. But that is up to you.
Google cron/crontab tutorials.
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