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Old 03-10-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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Question Best Small LInxux File Server?

Please could someone recomend me what could be the best distro for a small file server for a workgroup of 6 or 7 windows workstations?
Can I use a Linux distro (the same machine than the file server) as a printer server (will the driver be problematic?)
I would like a system with RAID 0 or 1, some soft to autobackup to external hdd or internal mirror....
Ah it has to support wifi adapter as it will be on a wifi only net


Old 03-10-2012, 03:11 PM   #2
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We have a 8 TB file server in our office which is running Ubuntu 10.10 and it has been performing good. Ubuntu or any distro should not be the cause of issues. The disks are raided with mdadm and no issues there as well. You will need to know some mdadm and you can manage the disks easily. You can samba/ftp/nfs the shares easily by installing the approx servers in the ubuntu machine (should not be hard to set it up).

You can back it up with rsync. Setup auto backup (cron should be your companion) and have it backup the file to your backup server.

If you need the fileserver to be on wi-fi only, any fairly new machine (made in the last 3-4 years) should work good with Ubuntu, as Ubuntu will have drivers for them out of the box. Else you will need some wifi driver tweaking which might be a pain point.

Not sure about the print server part though, I have not run a print server on Ubuntu. But my trust on opensource makes me think it will work wonders. I will have others comment on a good print server if they have run one.

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Old 03-12-2012, 11:09 AM   #3
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With Ubuntu you can install the CUPS Print Server package along with the Samba package (both using aptitude), and you can easily manage the CUPS print services through the web interface.

On my system, I have configured it so the CUPS web management interface is only available on localhost (on the server) as well as being password protected. I then ssh to the print server setting up a port forwarding tunnel and connect with my web browser from my desktop through the port on local host (local to my desktop) which is forwarded through ssh. That takes the edge off my paranoia over having web management stuff on open ports.


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