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Old 12-18-2010, 03:07 PM   #1
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Want to merge four 230GB SATA hard drives on an already running fedora 9 OS


I recently finished installing Fedora 9 on a Prolient ML 330 G6 Server, but i configured the SATA hard drives to be viewed as four seperate hard drives. I was asked to merge the drives to be seen as one 800GB hard drive, my biggest fear is that we had set up Samba to share folders between fedora 9 giving specific users access to specific files saved on the Prolient server, will those settings be lost.And could you call that a File Server or do you have to enter any more settings And also if anyone could point me to a tutorial on Logical Volume Management and Raid specifically for fedora 9
 
Old 12-18-2010, 03:34 PM   #2
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Why did you recent install fedora 9? F9 is obsolete, and totally out of support. Running it at all is a bad idea, running a server on it it's a really really bad idea. I'd very very strongly suggest reinstalling the system to use 1) a non-obsolete operating system, 2) an operating system designed for servers. E.g. centos 5.5.

A for achieving what you're asking, what is the current layout? What are the other drives currently doing? What kind of resiliency are you after? the settings under samba won't have much to worry about in terms of the disk underneath it.

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Old 12-18-2010, 05:20 PM   #3
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Thanks for the insight !can fedora 14 be a good File Server

Thanks for the reply. Ive seen the error of my ways. I was hoping that i could update the installation over the net to fedora 14. Speaking of OS's for servers the client wants a free linux OS. I think i will just do a clean install and not tamper with the partitions and allow the hard drives to be seen as one big one.Then just re-install the samba shares. Just one quetion the client wants to run the server which will be worked on from windows clients,. they wanted it to run like windows server with the use of active directory and being able to make accounts from the server for the windows clients. I know how to set that up in windows server but can you do the same in fedora 14... if you know of any tutorials i would gladly read them. Also is NFS on linux accessible to a windows client or is that just for linux server and client

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Old 12-18-2010, 07:20 PM   #4
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Centos is free(no $) and is made from RHEL source rpms. It has a five year plus support life. Each version of Fedora is only supported for 13months, after that no updates of any kind.

M$ makes a (free) toolbox for using NFS on windows (at least client) that works quite well.
 
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:38 PM   #5
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well centOS 4 and 5 do have a long life BUT and a big BUT unlike RHEL 4 or 5 you DO NEED to keep up to date with the minor version changes

CentOS 5.5 is current but if you installed 5.1 a bit back you would need to upgrade it to 5.2 then upgrade to 5.3,5.4 ,5.5
BUT this upgrade is easy if you are well documented on just what is installed . Most of the time " yum upgrade" will do it but not 100% of the time


fedora is a good distro BUT it IS NOT FOR A SERVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it is way , way,way to unstable, and has a way to short of a life span

in perspective 5 + years of fedora/cent use fedora, on average , crashes 2 to 3 / week
centOS 1 and only ONE crash in 5 years and 100% MY fault .

RHEL/CentOS dose support MS AD but you might want to use a single sign on
see this small blog post
http://www.linux.com/news/technology...single-sign-on

the other option besides CentOS is to use "OpenSUSE" -- it has some good points for working with MS ( namely Novell)
and some bad points (also Novell )
 
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:59 AM   #6
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thanks i will research into Centos and open Suse,... so much to do so little time, with all the variations of Linux how do you keep your head on straight, i mean this one is developed by this party and so on, it feels like if you just invest your time into one version you'll loose out on the virtues of another. So how do you stay on top, Help a newbie out... Thanks
 
Old 12-19-2010, 12:10 PM   #7
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thanks i will research into Centos and open Suse,... so much to do so little time, with all the variations of Linux how do you keep your head on straight, i mean this one is developed by this party and so on, it feels like if you just invest your time into one version you'll loose out on the virtues of another. So how do you stay on top, Help a newbie out... Thanks
The things you'd come to be familiar about fedora will be 98% the same in centos/rhel; commands, file locations, programs, etc.. Suse on the other hand definitely has more differences than the former and you will take more time to get used to the changes.
 
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:32 PM   #8
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Ok one more thing I want to install Fedora 14 and I am concerned about setting up a raid disk array without any hiccups. As i stated before I will be doing this on an HP Proliant ML 330 G6 server that has 4 S ATA hard drives sized at 230GB each. I want to ensure that the disk array is as stable I have been looking arround for setup information specifically for fedora 14 but no luck best i can get is fedora 11. I just want to be sure that i dont miss anything or use a configuration thats only for Fedora 11. I was also wondering would it be best to use RAID 5. And is there any other software i should install to manage the disk array. One more thing the server is able to preform hot swapping but do i have to install software or make any settings in Fedora 14 OS
 
Old 12-19-2010, 12:48 PM   #9
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You're still planning on using fedora? Did you not read what everyone else said? If you like fedora them use centos instead. And your raid support should be fine, no extra software needed. Raid5 will work fine, but note that it's really hard to modify it after installing it, as fast as raid setups go.
 
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:50 PM   #10
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HP Proliant ML330 G6 drivers: link
 
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Old 12-19-2010, 01:32 PM   #11
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Thanks i will read and listen...Many thanks let me go and cram up on CentOS, Its just the guys who hold the purse strings heard from some where that Fedora was the best (im begining to think someone just pulled a name out of the hat which is a problem when your vision is narrowed by 2 things: most available and free) and they want the server ready ASAP. But on the other hand its better to delay and do it right and not cry a river later on. Measure twice cut once. Well i got alot of pounding. wish i could try them all, since on the HP page the top one in the list is CentOS 5 then it goes on

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