[CentOS] settings up cheap a NAS / SAN server, is it possible?

Victor Padro vpadro at gmail.com
Wed Jul 2 15:52:42 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 8:50 AM, Rudi Ahlers <Rudi at softdux.com> wrote:

> nate wrote:
>> Rudi Ahlers wrote:
>>> I think my action plan now will be to figure out how to install CentOS
>>> on a USB memory stick and make it boot on any machine (making it easy to
>>> replace if need be), and then to play around with the RAID a bit and see
>>> how well it works.
>> Another option you may want to consider is a PATA->CF adapter. I use
>> these for my OpenBSD firewalls and have them installed on 1GB CF cards.
>> Performance should be better? Compatibility certainly is better, there's
>> no way I could boot to USB off these aging P3-800 systems. The CF cards
>> just show up as regular HDs
>> I use these ($7):
>> http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=SY-ADIDE2CF-B1&cpc=SCH
>> Paired with Lexar CF cards. Not all CF is created equal, well maybe it is
>> today. I found my Lexar CF cards were 5-10x faster than my Kingston cards
>> of the same size, which surprised me. Not that I need high performance in
>> firewalls that do no disk I/O but it was painful for the OS install to
>> take hours(Kingston) instead of minutes(Lexar). Both pairs of CF cards
>> are a few years old, today maybe everything out there is reasonably
>> fast.
>> At least with the above adapters be aware that those adapters above
>> do stick up. I think a 2U chassis can fit them(I have tons of experience
>> in supermicro systems). But no guarantees. You may need another adapter
>> or perhaps a male to female IDE cable so that you can mount it another
>> way in the chassis.
>> I suppose you could even get two and run RAID.
>> Just don't put your swap on the flash if you can avoid it.
>> nate
>> ______________________________________________
> Thanx, nate
> That's a good suggestion, but I think the USB memory sticks could work
> better / more reliable, and will be easier to access in the cabinet. I'll
> play around with it a bit and see how it works.
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(I apologize in advance if someone thinks this is OT)

I've been reading this thread since it started, and what I could really say
is you should go for freenas, it can be installed in a matter of minutes in
a usb pendrive, I use it on a 2gb kingston one using an IBM eServer tower
chassis, Intel D201GLY2 mainboard, 1Gb 667Mhz RAM, 2 HDs those are 750gb
SATA in RAID5 which are hold entirely for backing up my servers, that
include M$ SQL, M$ Exchange, CentOS LAMPs and CentOS MySQL boxes(about 500Mb
daily using Samba and NFS)this box has been running about eight months now,
also I have another one running on an old Dell P3 using a cheap VIA SATA PCI
card and a CF to IDE adapter which holds 320Gb and 500Gb SATA HDs for my
personal backup and haven't had any issue except for my electrical bill that
increased a few mexican pesos only. The best thing it's you configure all
via web, and there's no need to learn FreeBSD at all.

You should read the Knowledge base maybe it can help you more to make your

hope it helps,

cu when i cu.
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