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Old 02-15-2015, 12:12 PM   #1
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Looking to build a Linux Server, but have requirements, not sure what to use or build

Hey Everyone,
I'm pretty new to linux, I'm a long time mac user, and have been using a Mac Mini as my Plex and wordpress server for some time. Looking at Apples latest generation of Mac Minis, it looks like they no longer are a great option for servers. So here's my setup and wants in a nut shell.

Currently my Mac Mini hosts 3 wordpress sites and is my Plex server. The machine is running OS 10.10.2 Yosemite with Server running, and has 2 Drobo Gen 2 devices attached via Firewire 800.

I use 1 Drobo for my Plex Media, and the other drobo is used for machine backup.

Reading online, Looks like the Drobo 1 and 2 Genereations only show up as 2TB max segments on Linux So I would scrap the Drobo cases and put all the drives internal into the linux server tower.

I want to build a new Linux server that can take over these tasks. So my wants would be, A linux server that can host more than 1 wordpress site, run plex, and would have a RAID setup similar to Drobo, where I can add more drives or replace smaller/failed drives easily enough (doesn't have to be automatic rebuild like the drobo, as long as its possible and not to tricky to do)

what Linux Server OS and other options should I be looking at?

thanks everyone in advance!!
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I am not familiar with that mix of applications, but I would think that any Linux OS that supports BTRFS and ZFS would serve. You could go with more established mixes of software raid, LVM, and EXT4 but it is a more complex and problematic configuration. The newer filesystems provide much of the same functionality with less complexity.

IF you look for BTRFS, look for the very latest release. Earlier ones did not have working raid5/6 support.
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A business might be tempted to use hardware raid. They generally can be used for speed and reliability and the ability to rebuild mirrors.

Linux has a type of raid also that is really software raid but can function in almost all cases like a hardware raid.

As above many advanced filesystems can function to take the place of software raid.

Pretty much any of the main distro's should do what you want. See distrowatch. Centos/Scientific, OpenSuse, Debian, Gentoo, and even BSD's should be able to fully support your tasks.
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Originally Posted by JohnnyPhantom View Post
I'm pretty new to linux
Since you're new to linux.
a friendly suggestion would be to select a linux distro
with the most howtos and docs exists online that shows howto configure and maintain the applications
you need to run your business.


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