December 31, 2009

Network Attached Storage System (Home)

I'm wondering what is the best way to turn an old PC into a network storage system. I was thinking that I'd take the old PC and add several two or three 1Tb drives. The PC wouldn't be used for anything but storage. I've seen FreeNAS at Sourceforge, but I am a lossto determine what would be the best. I've got two WinXP boxes with one dual-booting with Ubuntu 9.10.  I've got about 1.5Tb of files on DVDs I'd like to make available to the network. These would be media files, PDFs, and news articles mainly.

 Any suggestions?

I also would check out FreeNAS, it's a great setup and one that runs on some...

I also would check out FreeNAS, it's a great setup and one that runs on some of the commercial NAS boxes you buy. You can always install a stock distro like Debian as well and configure it the way you like..

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I use Debian with samba (takes about 30 seconds after installation to setup...

I use Debian with samba (takes about 30 seconds after installation to setup with a simple config) to share my 1.7tb media drive, archive, web drives etc with my XP-based PCs.

Debian might be overkill for you if you only want to file share, but I use Apache2/MySQL/PHP for web development, use it as a print server, upnp media server to my PS3, game server, teamspeak server, backup device, mail server (with webmail, anti-virus and spam filter), etc etc etc. My initial need was the same as you, but once I started I just kept finding new roles!

Joe

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Quite happy with FreeNas (http://freenas.org/), BSD Based...

Quite happy with FreeNas (http://freenas.org/), BSD Based

If you'd like a linux solution go with OpenFiler (http://www.openfiler.com/)

Both are pretty nice and straightforward

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I think VSFTPD is a easier option you can install and configure the software...

I think VSFTPD is a easier option you can install and configure the software in no time no complicated setup and the protocol is supported by all OS'es. check this link http://vsftpd.beasts.org/

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I'm using FreeNAS and the latest stable works just fine here.

I'm using FreeNAS and the latest stable works just fine here.

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I think I may have found a good solution here: http://www.howtoforge.com...

I think I may have found a good solution here: http://www.howtoforge.com/creating-an-nfs-like-standalone-storage-server-with-glusterfs-on-ubuntu-9.10

Creating An NFS-Like Standalone Storage Server With GlusterFS On Ubuntu 9.10

This tutorial shows how to set up a standalone storage server on Ubuntu 9.10. Instead of NFS, I will use GlusterFS here. The client system will be able to access the storage as if it was a local filesystem. GlusterFS is a clustered file-system capable of scaling to several peta-bytes. It aggregates various storage bricks over Infiniband RDMA or TCP/IP interconnect into one large parallel network file system. Storage bricks can be made of any commodity hardware such as x86_64 servers with SATA-II RAID and Infiniband HBA.

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