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Old 06-19-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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I want to have a shared drive for 15 users. Company has around 100 users but others should not access. Most of the users will access from Windows. Couple of users uses MAC. I have only one Drive 2TB in which I will install Linux OS (Ubuntu 12.04) and shared partition

1. This partition should be Primary or Extended?
2. What format I should use EXT4? NTFS? WIN32?
3. Users should able to read, write execute on the shared drive but user should not be allowed to login to the Linux Ubuntu 12.04 workstation. How should I enable this? (It will be good to authenticate users using Active Directory)
4. Is this shared Partition should be separate or I can share a directory from existing partition? What is the best method?

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If it's going to be a mixed environment, probably the best option would be a Samba server on your Linux machine.

1. I don't think it's relevant here. How many partitions are you going to devote to Linux?
2. EXT4 will be ok.
3. Samba server
4. Doesn't matter. In Samba configuration, you specify directories to be shared. Having said that, it'd probably be more reasonable to separate data from OS so a separate partition would be good.
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1. doesn't really matter, although you mean primary or logical. Extended is partition type that's just a container for logical partitions.

2. I'd take the default Linux fs type (probably ext3 or ext4)

3. Samba : but get the SW from your repos.

4. I'd have a dedicated partition.
(if you wanted a different fs type to the default, it would have to be dedicated; you can't have 2 dirs on same partition with different fs types)
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