Reducing complexity on storage



  • I was reading https://mangolassi.it/topic/21706/which-nas-os/13 with some interest since I need to expand my storage capability for home servers and was hoping to see a good suggestion. Since there isn't a solid answer, let me ask a different way:

    How would you create an NFS/SMB compatible storage bucket that's able to be grown (as a datastore and file system) which can go beyond 2tb limits and still be easily managed while maintaining a high throughput and (obviously) minimal outage?

    I currently have a legacy 2008 server and I have had all the smb shares on there (for years) and it's time to decommission that. All the shared data has to be moved, and instead of keeping the 9 logical drives, I'd rather just have a vmware guest managing 4-6 shares/datastores. I've already got the new DC set up to replace the 2008 system.

    I was thinking maybe a NethServer using the shared folders tool, but I'm unsure how that works.



  • @Grey said in Reducing complexity on storage:

    I was reading https://mangolassi.it/topic/21706/which-nas-os/13 with some interest since I need to expand my storage capability for home servers and was hoping to see a good suggestion. Since there isn't a solid answer, let me ask a different way:

    How would you create an NFS/SMB compatible storage bucket that's able to be grown (as a datastore and file system) which can go beyond 2tb limits and still be easily managed while maintaining a high throughput and (obviously) minimal outage?

    I currently have a legacy 2008 server and I have had all the smb shares on there (for years) and it's time to decommission that. All the shared data has to be moved, and instead of keeping the 9 logical drives, I'd rather just have a vmware guest managing 4-6 shares/datastores. I've already got the new DC set up to replace the 2008 system.

    I was thinking maybe a NethServer using the shared folders tool, but I'm unsure how that works.

    I'd just setup the SAMBA shares myself, using your favorite linux distribution.

    If you want to make another DC without needing the Microsoft licensing, then Nethserver would be great for that.



  • @Grey said in Reducing complexity on storage:

    How would you create an NFS/SMB compatible storage bucket that's able to be grown (as a datastore and file system) which can go beyond 2tb limits and still be easily managed while maintaining a high throughput and (obviously) minimal outage?

    Honestly at that size, I'd probably stick to simple RAID and just Ubuntu and/or Fedora and/or FreeBSD purely based on personal preference. All three will work perfectly and you don't need anything complex. Keep it simple.



  • @Grey said in Reducing complexity on storage:

    I'd rather just have a vmware guest managing 4-6 shares/datastores.

    Maybe play with Proxmox or Fedora + KVM or XCP-NG now, too!



  • @travisdh1 I'm not getting rid of my Windows 2012 server yet.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Reducing complexity on storage:

    @Grey said in Reducing complexity on storage:

    How would you create an NFS/SMB compatible storage bucket that's able to be grown (as a datastore and file system) which can go beyond 2tb limits and still be easily managed while maintaining a high throughput and (obviously) minimal outage?

    Honestly at that size, I'd probably stick to simple RAID and just Ubuntu and/or Fedora and/or FreeBSD purely based on personal preference. All three will work perfectly and you don't need anything complex. Keep it simple.

    Yeah, I was mostly wondering if there was a better tool for the share management and disk expansion on Linux. I've never liked the built in commands due to how prosaic they can be.



  • I really like Synology or if you want to do it yourself with existing hardware, fire up Xpenology - works great.



  • @krzykat Xpenology is a great tool to learn Synology with, or to play but I would never use it in a "production" environment (yep even home). Get a real Synology with support or as others have said a server with RAID, linux dist of choice, and Samba. Myself, Im taking one of the 'servers" someone left in my junk pile and loading Proxmox and from there setting up a shared server of some sort.


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