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

Shade-GE shade at shade.sh
Sun Jun 29 11:01:57 UTC 2008

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Iv'e done a NAS with centos 5.2 here. Specs are:

Portwell WADE 8056 board with Intel Core2Duo 2,4GHZ, 4GB (2x 2GB
kingston DDR2 667), 4x 500GB Samsung SATA2 HDD's and a very nice Chenbro
ES34069 NAS case. The board only supports SoftRaid, so i made a raid 5
software based on centos. The NAS runs very fine. But u dont have any
kind of webinterface, i managed all over Samba (MediaCenter is a 
Windows System). You can also use NFS or FTP. Here on my Macbook all
fileaccess runs fine with Samba shares. The only reason why i use a
Core2Duo is because is have some other XEN virtual machines running on
that NAS.

Centos 5.2 is running also very nice and fast on a Intel D945GCLF board
with ATOM CPU build in (1.6GHZ),but this board only have 1 IDE and 2
SATA connectors, on the other side is needs much lower power then the
other and its very fast. This board needs for LAN connections a driver
from RealTek homepage!! Otherwise Centos 5.2 is crashing by loading the
installer. You can read about it here:




Rudi Ahlers schrieb:
> 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 :)

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