home directory questions
wmoran at potentialtech.com
Tue Jun 29 12:03:47 PDT 2004
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Thomas Moyer <tommoyer at atlanticbb.net> wrote:
> Bill Moran wrote:
> >Thomas Moyer <tommoyer at atlanticbb.net> wrote:
> >>Is it possible to setup a file server with FreeBSD and use that as a
> >>home partition and also share other files on a small network?
> >>What kinds of utilities would I need to run? I imagine NFS for *nix
> >>clients and Samba for MS clients. Also possibly share printers with
> >>this computer as well. CUPS for that.
> >Um ... yes. I assume you're just looking for verification that you're
> >selecting the correct technology, and you are.
> >>Also what kind a minimum system reccomendations does anyone have?
> >That's impossible to even guesstimate without some idea of what kind
> >of load the system is going to be under. I have a fileserver here that
> >serves Windows and FreeBSD clients and it's a 200mhz with 96M of RAM.
> >But I would never suggest that for a big installation.
> At most the server will serve 4 to 5 clients at any given time. This
> might increase later but for now it is limited to those few.
<uses his psychic powers to ascertain how much traffic each of those
clients will generate>
Seriously. This is one of the biggest misconceptions around - that I can
tell you what kind of hardware to purchase based solely on how many clients
you have. Without a better usage profile, I can only guess.
And here's my guess:
With that many clients, it's likely that your reliability requirements will
be greater than your performance requirements. Meaning: you could probably
get a used computer at Goodwill for $100 that would perform acceptably for
that load, but do you really want your server running on used hardware?
You could probably buy cheap NICs that are advertised at 100mb/sec but can
only really do 70mb/sec, and you'd still think they were fast enough, but
that depends on your tolerance for delay, which is a pretty difficult thing
to judge until people start complaining.
All said and done, you can probably buy commodity hardware at a competitive
price and get something that will suit.
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