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Old 04-25-2010, 05:12 PM   #1
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How is Multi Server configured without /home_dir?


Configuring PIII600e, Slackware 12.2, with 2hdd (160Gb each) for Virtual Web,MySQL,PHP,DDNS,SSHd,Mail,ProFTP servers. I have 3 other PCs w/Slackware12.2, 1 XPwindows, and mac laptop on the LAN. Will be putting webpages together on slackware 12.2, XP, and Mac.

*Read some where I don't need /home directory on server box, just use /home directory from other slackware box's /home directory- Since only user on server will be Administrator - how does this work? Will i work with Dupral?

Does an Admin directory take the place of home?

Can someone explain the advantages of configuring server box without /home directory and how its done?

* All suggestions appreciated.

Proposed Partitioning Option:
/root 15GB
/swap 2GB
/usr 60GB
/tmp 3GB
/var 8GB
/var/log 12GB
/var/www 60GB
Thank you all
 
Old 04-25-2010, 05:31 PM   #2
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You have to setup autofs for this. It is useful to centralize the home directory of your users. However using NFS can have some problems relating to security and consistency on the connection to the NFS-share.
 
Old 04-27-2010, 11:56 PM   #3
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Are there other options to using NFS-share for Centralizing /home_dir ? What are the pros & cons to configuring a system with Centralized Home Directory?
 
Old 04-28-2010, 03:52 AM   #4
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Maybe you can do it with samba shares as well, although I have no experience with it. The biggest pro, is that you have the same profile everywhere. At the same that is the biggest con too. Because when there is no network connection or the server fails, you are not able to access your home directory. Most of the problems that cause the loss of connectivity might be easy to solve if you build a high availability cluster.
 
Old 04-28-2010, 04:39 PM   #5
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Thanks Blue_ice, think i will just partition a small /home_directory for now. I don't want this server box to be dependent on my LAN being up or down. Thank you for the information.
 
  


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