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

Wed Apr 14 07:43:53 UTC 2010
Christopher Chan <christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk>

On Wednesday, April 14, 2010 02:59 PM, Niki Kovacs wrote:
> 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
> network."

Yeah, he probably is still using coaxial or token-ring, can't let you 
know that.

> - "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." (!)

Hey, maybe he is running netbeui or ipx and Windows 3.11 or Netware!

> - "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."

Or he could be a paranoid hermit that lives in the lab.

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

We want more laughs!