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What OS is on your backend server?

2 (17%)
Windows (200x, XP, etc)
3 (25%)
Mac OS X
1 (8%)
3 (25%)
Linux (NFS/Samba)
2 (17%)
Other? please describe
1 (8%)
Total votes: 12
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What are you using to serve up files to the Photobridge?

Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:53 pm

Anyone else using FreeNAS with their PB? I build a box using FreeNAS partly based on this blog.
Mine uses the same raid card, the Highpoint 1740, with a single 750GB drive to start (I will get the other 3 as finances allow.)

specs on my server:
Antec Sonata case, celeron 433 proc and MoBo, 512 MB DDR RAM, 160GB drive for OS (I have intentions of going to a CF for the boot drive, I just haven't done it yet.)

What are you using?
How much space do you have?

I am debating whether or not to go to a Windows 2003 domain controller on the above box for shared printers, home drives and the like but it is difficult with the Highpoint card, due to its driver support and the fact that all my movies are already on a drive formatted UFS.

:: edit to include specs and info about switching to Windows Server. ::
Last edited by markrez on Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:32 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:04 am

I have two servers. Currently both are Mandriva Linux 2007.

Server FRODO:
(serves music videos via NFS, and some temp space via SMB from which I download divx files to my PS3)
ASUS mobo
Pentium4 2.80HT oc'd to 3.1GHz (a few extra dnet packets :) )
1024MB RAM
Two Seagate 250's in a RAID-0 using mobo onboard RAID controller
onboard 10/100/1000 ethernet
extremely lame nVidia GX5200 video card

Server GOLLUM:
(serves HD movies via NFS, and MP3's via SMB and slimserver)
ASUS mobo
Pentium4 2.4 (non-HT) oc'd to 2.8GHz
Two WD 320's in a RAID-0 using a Silicon Image PCI RAID card
Linksys 10/100/1000 ethernet pci card
extremely even more lame Matrix Millenium G400 video card

Both are pretty old and slow machines, VERY dated technology wise, and without the redundancy/safety I would like. BUT, even with FreeNAS if I were to go bigger and better protected, I'd be looking at the expense of at least 5 1TB drives (4 for a 3GB RAID-5 and 1 for a ready spare), which while not a budget buster isn't in the cards for now as diapers are more important.
HD-1500 RevB #1 (media room)
Mitsubishi WD-62528 62" LCD RPTV
Kenwood VR-407 receiver w/PSB Alpha's
PS/3 60GB (now 250GB) w/750GB Seagate ext
M1000 (upstairs)
HD-1000 RevB #2 (bedroom)
Visco 32" LCD
AR 2.1 audio system
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Location: Rhode Island

Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:05 am

I use two Buffalo LinkStations. I guess I could have voted Linux since they run an embedded version of this.


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