[CentOS] Slightly OT: which hardware for CentOS file server (Samba, 2 To storage, 50 users)?

Wed Apr 14 06:59:50 UTC 2010
Niki Kovacs <contact at kikinovak.net>

Niki Kovacs a écrit :

> Since the aim is lowcost, would it be wrong to install that fileserver 
> on a no-name desktop PC with a 64bit processor and enough RAM, and then 
> simply put 2 x 2 To hard disks in it, either with a mirroring RAID (can 
> never remember which does what in 0, 1 and 5) or some rsync script 
> regularly copying over the first disk to the second? Or do you have 
> something more apt to suggest?

Thanks for all your detailed answers. Seems the story resolved itself in 
a quite curious manner. The lab already has a "sysadmin", e. g. a guy 
who openly claims to be "no computer specialist, but my machines are 
running anyway, better than the ones built by the pros". I asked him if 
he could fill me in on some details, like what should the IP address of 
the server be, netmask, gateway, dns, so that I could integrate it into 
his network. I planned to first make a "dummy" server with my laptop 
just to do some testing, ping around, etcetera. The following 
surrealistic dialogue followed:

- "You know, I can't really let you know this, this is a very special 

- "Yes, but you asked me to install a server in your network. If you 
want me to do that, I have to know some network specifications. For 
example, will the machine be statically configured, or do you plan to 
handle it with DHCP and a fixed address based on the MAC address?"

- "This is neither DHCP nor static, you know, we have an internal 
network." (!)

- "So you can't tell me your network specs, if I get you right. You 
know, when you ask a plumber to install a bathtub or a jacuzzi, you 
ought to tell him at least where your bathroom is, and where he can find 
the water tap."

- "I only asked for a server. I don't know why you have to know all this."

And so on. In the end, I decided not to bother and just left.