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Old 12-15-2003, 02:32 PM   #1
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Unhappy Red Hat 9 Install on File Server


I am trying to put together a file server that will be on a network at my office. I have Red Hat 9.0. This server has 6 72G SCSI hard drives. Here is my problem. When I try to do the install and accept the defaults everything seems to go fine. But, when I try to use the disk partitioning part to set aside disk space for the actual files it goes bad. First the network is actually a work-group of about 10 machines all running WinXP Pro. So I am assuming that in order for these machines to access the data, I need to format the disks using the NTFS file system. Is this correct? If so, how do I do it? I am able to designate the partitions as NTFS but it won't let me actually write the file system and make it available. Is there any info or How To that can walk me through this process? I am also assuming that once I get it installed, I will need to configure the access using SAMBA. Is that in fact true? I am thankful for all help any one can offer. Thanks in advance!!
 
Old 12-15-2003, 03:48 PM   #2
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Re: Red Hat 9 Install on File Server

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So I am assuming that in order for these machines to access the data, I need to format the disks using the NTFS file system. Is this correct?
Nope, completely wrong. You should use some
modern & fast Linux filesystem, e.g. ReiserFS,
XFS, ext3... NTFS and Linux aren't meant for
each other, and even though there's tools around
that will allow writing to NTFS it's not recommended.

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I am also assuming that once I get it installed, I will need to configure the access using SAMBA. Is that in fact true? I am thankful for all help any one can offer. Thanks in advance!!
Just install it first, and then play with
the smb.conf file ... if you have any troubles,
come back ;)


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Old 12-15-2003, 08:38 PM   #3
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I just performed a similar task at work and here is what I did. I installed RedHat 9 on a system. I just did a workstation install (using the ext3 filesystem and lilo as the boot loader) and when it completed I was able to see it in the windows "network places" under a workgroup called "MyGroup". After that I messed around (after reading a post from win32sux code:http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=124755) with the smb.conf file. Note *its a good idea to go ahead and backup the whole /etc directory for archival purposes* I then created a user in linux and then in the terminal I created a samba password for that user. I then went to a windows machine and was able to find my server in the rest of the workgrouped computers (around 15 or so) and now when I clicked on it prompted me for a login. I used the newly created user to sign in to the samba server and there I was.....signed into that users home directory. Then made some more changes to the smb.conf file and added a shared folder for all users. Now users can access that folder (and there a lot of different type of permissions you can set for that folder) and pretty much create edit and modify whatever you allow them to do. Same goes for the users that sign into their home directory. Just make sure to restart the samba service whenever you make changes to the smb.conf file so the changes take effect. Hope some of that info helps you out.
 
Old 12-16-2003, 07:49 AM   #4
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Thanks again. I'll give it a go and if I have any problems I'll get back to you. Thanks!
 
Old 12-17-2003, 12:46 AM   #5
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and if I have any problems I'll get back to you. Thanks!


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No problem, your welcome, but at the same time we would like to know what it is that helped you out so that we may further help out our fellow members. If it worked for you then let others know what it is you did to help you out and what you did that made it successful. I'm not a guru here but then somteimes I think .....hmmmm.....maybe that is what a forum is for...I don't know ...that is my OHM
 
Old 12-22-2003, 09:22 AM   #6
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Thanks for everybodys help. I followed your recommendations and shazaam! it worked. All I did was to partition all of the SCSI harddrives as ext3 and the install checked and formatted all of them. Then I went through the config for SAMBA which was relatively painless. Then I went to explorer on my WinXP machine and it showed up. I clicked on a directory that I had made and gained access. Now I am playing (and learning) with permissions, access, and ownerships. Trying to fine tune. Again, it worked just like you guys said it would and it did. Thanks again!
 
  


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