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Old 10-21-2004, 07:04 PM   #1
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What Distro to run a NAS from?

I want to put together a Network Attached Storage (NAS) server using a SATA RAID. I've already got the 4 x WD SATA 250 GB drives and a nice 3Ware Escalade 9500S-4LP controller.

The house network has a mixture of WixXP and Fedora Core 2 machines. I looked at NASLite but it says that it doesn't support SATA drives. Darma NAS OS also looks very interesting.

So, I'm looking for suggestions on a easy to run, secure operating system. Support for USB is a plus (who doesn't have one of those USB sticks with Puppy or DSL on it?).
Old 06-24-2007, 02:54 PM   #2
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I too am building a NAS server. I know that the new Linux kernel supports my 2 main features needed (expandable arrays and RAID 5)

I don't see any advantage in leaving the huge Linux support community and the incredible support from hardware vendors to provide drivers for Linux.

My problem is like yours... I need a light weight very easy installation distro for my NAS system. Recompiling of the Kernel is way to advanced for a user who barely can navigate the Linux System. I am a Noob to Linux, who is going to attempt to use it in a more advanced way.

Just noticed the date on the original post. Did a Google and this came up.. hehe

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Old 07-13-2007, 12:53 PM   #3
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I am also now looking into a more light weight solution. I have the same requirements as the post above. I have a RAID card that I will be using as a SATA device. Its nice cause it allows for Scattered Spinup (Hard Drive spin up costs allot of power).

The only other requirements is to run my "echo repair >> /.." and it would be great to receive emails from the machine.

Ive tried SuSe, Gentoo, Ubuntu... but nothing is lightweight, easy to setup, and easy to upgrade. I need a few cool utilities, NANO, the Kernel, Cron, SAMBA, and GRUB. The problem is

After 1 week of SuSe, failure for SuSe to support Check and Repair disk functions, and the complete Elitist and insulting attitude of the community towards noobies, followed by a complete system crash due to the update program failing to move the mount information over to the new kernal, I have decided that I wont be going back to SuSe.

I am looking into other options. It would be nice to have apache, mysql, and php, but I am sure I can install those after having a full solution that runs great.

Any help on good, upto date, NAS distro's that are relatively well supported and that have a good community around it... If such a thing exists, I will be in heaven.
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oops duplicate
Old 07-13-2007, 01:46 PM   #5
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Not sure if this will help you, but why don't you create a NFS server. That way you can put all your golden images on it and just restore and upgrade as needed.
Old 07-13-2007, 02:00 PM   #6
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Hi guys, I don't have quite the hardware requirements as you, but I use FreeNAS.

I do have it installed on a 30mb flash drive, and it works awesome, absolutely awesome. It is based off of FreeBSD so it has the same HCl as FreeBSD,.

Hope it helps some.

oops, didn't see this post had risen from the dead.

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Old 07-14-2007, 02:15 PM   #7
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I am going to try a Linux based solution that took me a bit of time to find. Its called openFiler and was a commercial product up until a few years ago, when the company who makes storage solutions decided to release it under an open source license.

The problem with freeNAS is that its based on BSD which currently doesn't have the ability to expand arrays (as far as all my research has found). This is crucial to my application requirements.


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