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Old 06-15-2008, 05:34 PM   #1
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Question Which distro would be good for server/client use?


I just built a Machine which I would like to run Apache and Samba on as well as maybe some use as a normal client(user login). The distro needs to support software RAID 5 since thats mainly what this will be a file server.

Any recommendations on which distro would probably be good for this?

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Kyle
 
Old 06-15-2008, 05:46 PM   #2
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I recommend Red Hat, CentoOS, or Fedora.

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Old 06-15-2008, 06:08 PM   #3
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Just about any general-purpose distro. Most (if not all) of them have a kernel with RAID5 support and the mdadm tools.
 
Old 06-15-2008, 06:39 PM   #4
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I would vote thumbs down for Fedora on a server. Servers tend to take a fair amount of work to get dialed in. Fedora's support life is now down to about a year. For a server there are really very few significant advances made in any given year. Since RHEL/Centos has a five year support life they are better suited. Be aware that RHEL charges for support/updates (which can be good or bad). Centos is RHEL with the logos removed. It is free to download and update.


Other than support life, most of the distros will act as servers just fine (including Fedora). Just like desktops it is a matter of taste and style.
 
Old 06-15-2008, 09:41 PM   #5
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Just about any general-purpose distro. Most (if not all) of them have a kernel with RAID5 support and the mdadm tools.
From my understanding about software raid's they work to pool all drives together. Then it creates "virtual drives" that it works RAID with? So that that mean one drive might span two physical drives? I'll probably end up installing slackware on this system.

I am also wondering does the RAID have to be FAT32 formatted so windows will access it or will Samba manage the file serving from linux to any windows client?

Here is a link to some site I found explaining how to configure a RAID setup.
http://linux-sxs.org/storage/raid_setup.html

Thanks,
Kyle

Last edited by lifeforce4; 06-15-2008 at 10:04 PM. Reason: Formatting and link to site.
 
Old 06-15-2008, 10:16 PM   #6
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Hi,

From a stability stand point I would use Slackware on a server. The other bright point is the security for the distribution and Slackware is noted as a leader.

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Old 06-15-2008, 10:57 PM   #7
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Samba will handle serving the files to the clients. You can use whatever FS you would like.
 
Old 06-15-2008, 11:14 PM   #8
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From my understanding about software raid's they work to pool all drives together. Then it creates "virtual drives" that it works RAID with? So that that mean one drive might span two physical drives? I'll probably end up installing slackware on this system.

I am also wondering does the RAID have to be FAT32 formatted so windows will access it or will Samba manage the file serving from linux to any windows client?

Here is a link to some site I found explaining how to configure a RAID setup.
http://linux-sxs.org/storage/raid_setup.html

Thanks,
Kyle
Not really - software raid is still raid, in that it replicates/stripes (depending on raid type). What you describe is more like LVM (logical volume management) which aggregates smaller volumes into larger ones.

Not the same thing
 
Old 06-15-2008, 11:26 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies, I think I understand enough of this to be dangerous with it. Haha I wont put any of my vital data on this until I have it working the way I want it other wise I will keep reformatting until its correct. I have been wondering since this setup is for home use would it be best to do RAID 0 or 5? I basically am doing this because recently my data hard drive has been losing its file table and I decided to make a dedicated file server with 3 new drives and 1 older one for the OS.

Thanks,
Kyle

Last edited by lifeforce4; 06-15-2008 at 11:59 PM. Reason: Updated with question.
 
Old 06-16-2008, 12:21 AM   #10
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Hi,

I've got a Slackware server that has been running for well over a year. I chose 'ext3' for a reason. Simple and journaled. Backups are essential but I can live with that. 'KISS' is a great slogan for a reason.
 
Old 06-16-2008, 10:14 AM   #11
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Hi,

I've got a Slackware server that has been running for well over a year. I chose 'ext3' for a reason. Simple and journaled. Backups are essential but I can live with that. 'KISS' is a great slogan for a reason.
Last night I was trying to install Slackware and it said it finished successfully. For some reason thought it wont boot up. I have it installed on the 160GB IDE drive marker is "boot", and the 3 SATA 500GB drives are just formated with ext3 and have the marker as "raid". Is it a bad config in slackware or is there something funny about mixing a SATA RAID with an OS IDE?

For some odd reason the swap had to be after the ext3 partition.

Thanks,
Kyle

Last edited by lifeforce4; 06-27-2008 at 01:20 PM. Reason: Partition order.
 
  


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