Opinion request about a file server

Michael Powell nightrecon at verizon.net
Fri Jun 5 19:39:39 UTC 2009

Valentin Bud wrote:

> Hello community,
>  I have an old computer (ASRock P4Dual-915GL) with Intel P4
> CPU at 3.0Ghz and 2Gb of RAM.
>  I am asking the list maybe is somebody out there with a similar
> configuration
> and running FreeBSD on such a system as a File Server and Print Server
> using samba.
>  What i mainly try to achieve, talking in storage space, is 2 HDD of 1TB
>  in
> mirroring using gmirror(8) and 1 separate HDD of 500Gb.
>  So do you think the system I've mentioned would handle the load? The
>  server
> will be
> used by 4 people for storage of all sorts of files that can be found in
> Design and daily
> Office World (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc, Word Documents, etc).
> Thank you,
> v

The short answer is yes - this will be fine for what you need.

This is one place where FreeBSD is very good. It will give you performance 
on slightly downlevel hardware that Windows Server just can't touch. 


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