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

John R Pierce pierce at hogranch.com
Sun Jun 29 07:18:27 UTC 2008

Rudi Ahlers wrote:
> Hi all
> I want to look at setting up a simple / cheap SAN / NAS server using 
> normal PIV motherboard, 2GB (or even more) RAM, Core 2 Duo CPU 
> (probably a Intel 6700 / 6750 / 6800) & some SATA HDD's (4 or 6x 320GB 
> - 750GB). My budget is limited, so I can't afford a pre-built NAS device.
> Can this be done with CentOS? I've been looking FreeNAS (which is 
> built on FreeBSD), and it look like a great project, but since the 
> hardware support in FreeBSD is limit, I'd rather use Linux for it.
> Has anyone done this? If so, please share a bit in your experiences :)

you might look at openfiler, too.   same idea as opennas, only its linux 
based.  web management interface, supports NFS and CIFS/SMB sharing, etc 

IMHO, a storage server really /should/ have ECC memory to minimize the 
potential for data corruption by random memory errors.  this, however, 
requires a server chipset, as 99% of desktop stuff doesn't support ECC 
at all.

you are, btw, way overspecing the cpu.  a storage server would be fine 
with a much slower processor than any of those.

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