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Old 10-30-2011, 01:28 AM   #1
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Newbie: Building a File Server


I'm obviously new to this forum, and haven't played with Linux for about 10 years so this should be interesting...

I have some old hardware lying about and want to build a file server. Here are the details:

I want the server to be shut down or hibernate whenever not in use. I want to be able to remotely power up the server via Wake on Lan to access the data on the server, then when finished with the server, I want it to shut down or hibernate again automatically.

Now I'm not sure what other details are needed. I have a variety of systems in the house (WinXP, OSX, Android, iPhone, PS3) and I want them all to be able to wake the server to access the data, and have it shut down again.

Can we figure out which direction to point me in?

Old 10-30-2011, 01:03 PM   #2
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You want to use WOL (wake-on-lan), it's a feature built in on mobo / BIOS - has nothing to do with the OS.
For this you need to check the hardware of your file server, make sure it supports WOL.

For hibernating/shut down when not in use - well, never thought of that before but I'd say write a script that automatically shuts down when there has been no traffic on LAN for x seconds.
(Hmm there is always traffic on network, you'll have to find some way to check traffic from your own 'puters)
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I am going to use an ABit BE6 motherboard that has 4 IDE headers so I could use 8 hard drives. Not 100% sure yet tho. I also have to check my LAN cards to make sure I have one that supports WOL (The board does) The board also has some power management features that will doze, sleep or suspend on inactivity timers.

I need to choose a Linux distribution that will work without too much trouble... Any suggestions?



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