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Old 06-01-2010, 03:22 PM   #1
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what comes before 101?


I had the idea of creating a Linux file server for my users at work, backing up 'My Documents', favorites, PST files etc. in preparation for the all-too-common disaster. I have never dabbled in the Linux world so all is very new. Looking throught the multitude of websites, I realize I may have bitten off more than I can chew. I downloaded SUSU 11.2, installed on a Dell Dimension 8300, enabled networking and can surf the internet via my SonicWall router.

Can anyone recommend a book or website that will help me learn, at a very low level about Linux sharing, Samba, FTP, remote access etc. Many of the sites I have been to seem to have their own language, many of the terms I am not familiar with.

Thank you.
 
Old 06-01-2010, 03:28 PM   #2
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Hello and Welcome to LinuxQuestions,

Have a look at http://www.howtoforge.com. They have a lot of easy to understand, step by step, copy/paste guides that can get you started with what you want/need in no time. When in doubt following a guide, feel free to post your doubts/questions here and I'm sure someone will provide an answer.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 06-01-2010, 03:30 PM   #3
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what comes before 101?
High School (assuming you meant it the way I think...)

Seriously: The fact that you were able to install SUSE and get the networking going puts you way ahead of many newcomers.

Good resources include:
  • Linux in a Nutshell, from O'Reilly
  • Many other good things at the O'Reilly website--including books that are free online.
  • http://tldp.org
  • This forum
  • Most large bookstores

Beyond this, simply post a specific question here and we'll get right on it.

AND--Welcome to LQ!!
 
Old 06-01-2010, 03:50 PM   #4
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Actually, using Linux as a fileserver is pretty easy. (OK, I'm not a newbie anymore but still .. ;.) )

You need to think about how you want to set this up:
1) A backupprogram on your Windows-boxes that stores the backups on the Linux-server?
2) A server-side backupprogram - that is, a backupprogram running on the Linuxserver that backs up all users data?
3) Just create a samba-share on server that all users can connect to and do their own backups?

Samba is not that difficult to understand, it comes with a default config that is quite readable actually
The standard samba docs (http://samba.org/samba/docs/ for instance) should be sufficient, together with you reading the file /etc/samba/smb.conf (actually, if you're the least familiar with reading text config-files you don't really need the docs just to create a simple share.)

Now to my questions:
1) Depends on the program, what does it need? smb, ftp or what? As you are new to Linux take one thing at a time, just check exactly what's needed and learn about that.
2) You need to check the program - don't know much about these but there are a lot! You could use something like Bacula, but beware that one is competent AND complicated! There are several easier-to-use apps for your purpose, hopefully someone else can give you better tips on what program to try.
3) Very easy as I've mentioned earlier.
Once you have the share you can access it on the Windows-boxes just as you would a Windows-share.

... OK I realize I didn't answer your question - "Can anyone recommend a book or website.." but well, you got a few hints anyway.
And really, unless you want to go deep in seg samba, all you need is google - and take one thing at a time, don't try to find solutions to all problems at once!

(PS What do you mean with "what comes before 101?"?
 
Old 06-01-2010, 05:40 PM   #5
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Might consider a premade distro or virtual machine that has all you want in some gui form. I never try to learn stuff if I don't have to.
 
Old 06-01-2010, 06:16 PM   #6
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www.linuxtopia.org has a load of tutorials/manuals.
 
Old 06-03-2010, 01:41 PM   #7
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Thank you (everyone) for your input, http://www.howtoforge.com is a great site which enabled me to get Samba functioning well. I created a folder for each user on the Linux server and mapped them to the 'S' drive on each client PC. I run SyncToy2 on each PC staggered throught the evening to synchronize My Documents, PST file, favourites and the NK2 files.

I was not anticipating this wholl process to be as easy as it has been, as a first attempt I installed Linux SuSE on a 60GB drive. Allwent well and I now realize that the hard drive will be far too small. Bought a 500GB drive and it seems the next challenge is to clone the 60GB to the 500GB.

I'll start another post for that issue.
Thanks again for all your help.

willy_gn
 
Old 06-03-2010, 01:59 PM   #8
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Hello,

Glad it worked out that easily for you and that you got what you wanted.

If you consider your question/problem solved then please mark it as such using the Thread Tools.

Kind regards,

Eric

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