LinuxQuestions.org
Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 01-27-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
jmc1987
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Distribution: Debian, CentOS, windows 7/10
Posts: 877

Rep: Reputation: 113Reputation: 113
Making a File Server


Okay I am looking for some advice how I should go about this. I had a external HD from Lacie that just made me mad because you could only log into it from a windows or mac machine. So I took the 250 HD out and through it in my P3 733Mhz Processor, 128 Ram Dell optiplex. Now My Lacie HD had a Network function on it where It had a webserver and a GUI to manage users to it. But it couldn't never get the HD to turn on for Network. It would only turn on when plugged into a USB. So I want to turn my Dell optiplex into a file server with web gui functionallity.

How should I start.
 
Old 01-27-2011, 04:13 PM   #2
jefro
Moderator
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 15,859

Rep: Reputation: 2301Reputation: 2301Reputation: 2301Reputation: 2301Reputation: 2301Reputation: 2301Reputation: 2301Reputation: 2301Reputation: 2301Reputation: 2301Reputation: 2301
128m is the problem. More would help.

A very low resource distro is needed.
I might be tempted to suggest freenas.
There are a few good floppy based or other text based one.
There are also many that can be configured to have a web based config from some other computer.


Might look at at maybe even slitaz or other low resource or even a lft or debian base.
 
Old 01-27-2011, 04:22 PM   #3
jmc1987
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Distribution: Debian, CentOS, windows 7/10
Posts: 877

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 113Reputation: 113
I got centOS 5 installed. Ram isn't much of a problem I was able to run a apache, mysql, and all the stuff of a full fledged webserver. I Disable any service that I don't need such as blue tooth.
 
Old 01-28-2011, 07:31 AM   #4
jobslocaltech
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2011
Location: NYC
Distribution: RedHat
Posts: 7

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
if you are looking for storage server
look freenas or openfiler
 
Old 01-28-2011, 10:32 AM   #5
jmc1987
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Distribution: Debian, CentOS, windows 7/10
Posts: 877

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 113Reputation: 113
Well when I add more ram I plan on adding more applications so I would prefer to stay with CentOS but openfiler looks like its just the software so I think I might give that a shot. It looks good

edit:

Nevermind I guess openfiler is a OS its self too. Is they any standalone software to do this that I can install on any linux distro

Thanks for the replies

Last edited by jmc1987; 01-28-2011 at 10:34 AM.
 
Old 01-28-2011, 11:07 AM   #6
jmc1987
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Distribution: Debian, CentOS, windows 7/10
Posts: 877

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 113Reputation: 113
Okay I am doing some research and if I want to build my own NAS these are the main protocols I needs correct?

NFS
WEBDAV
SAMBA
FTP

Thanks
 
Old 01-28-2011, 11:10 AM   #7
lleb
Senior Member
 
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Florida
Distribution: CentOS/Fedora
Posts: 2,630

Rep: Reputation: 495Reputation: 495Reputation: 495Reputation: 495Reputation: 495
my question is why bother at all with a GUI for nothing but a storage device? install your CentOS without a GUI, install NFS and Samba configure them, and poof you are done. never have to touch the server again directly. at that point you can just ssh in for updates or modification to the conf files or permissions.
 
Old 01-28-2011, 11:46 AM   #8
jmc1987
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Distribution: Debian, CentOS, windows 7/10
Posts: 877

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 113Reputation: 113
Quote:
Originally Posted by lleb View Post
my question is why bother at all with a GUI for nothing but a storage device? install your CentOS without a GUI, install NFS and Samba configure them, and poof you are done. never have to touch the server again directly. at that point you can just ssh in for updates or modification to the conf files or permissions.

Well I want the web interface because some people in my house hold would like the extra storage but it will just be so much easier for them to understand and if you meant a gui on the server such as gnome there won't be. The server will run headless.
 
Old 01-28-2011, 12:27 PM   #9
h.ka
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2010
Distribution: Arch Linux
Posts: 7

Rep: Reputation: 0
If it just a way to gain extra storage on a bunch of computers why not just get autofs or something similare and network mount the disc on the machine that needs additional storage? Then you'll be able to access the files as if they were on just another local harddrive.
 
Old 01-28-2011, 04:31 PM   #10
jmc1987
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Distribution: Debian, CentOS, windows 7/10
Posts: 877

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 113Reputation: 113
Quote:
Originally Posted by h.ka View Post
If it just a way to gain extra storage on a bunch of computers why not just get autofs or something similare and network mount the disc on the machine that needs additional storage? Then you'll be able to access the files as if they were on just another local harddrive.
Your not understanding. It is easier for some people in my house hold to connect to it through a web browser because they don't understand how to mount and unmount which causes them confusing. But don't worry about it I'll figure it out. I think I just might use Freenas for now
 
Old 01-28-2011, 04:41 PM   #11
jmc1987
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Distribution: Debian, CentOS, windows 7/10
Posts: 877

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 113Reputation: 113
Better yet I just figued out Openfiler appears to be based off of CentOS sources so I think I am going to go with that
 
Old 01-28-2011, 07:21 PM   #12
GaijinPunch
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 130

Rep: Reputation: 22
If you're accessing it from another Linux box (a lot) then definitely make sure it supports NFS. I tried a Samba only one one time, w/ my music collection on it. Amarok used to take a dump about halfway through scanning the 50gb or so of music I had. NFS for the win.

I wouldn't bother w/ Apache for a GUI for files. Just make a share with CIFS and let them map drives in Explorer/Finder. The only challenge I foresee once you get the above sorted is the permissions (which I myself am a bit flakey with).
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Making a file server in Mepis depam Linux - Software 0 09-13-2006 10:56 PM
Making a simple file server - which OS? DaveSalt Linux - Software 2 02-26-2005 07:19 AM
Making An Http File Server? AFI_Flame Linux - Software 4 06-06-2004 10:33 PM
Making a linux file server and i need help digital bots Linux - Newbie 4 03-28-2004 07:14 PM
Making a File Server ganninu Linux - Newbie 1 08-14-2003 01:25 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:07 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration