[K12OSN] OT - Creating Network Attached Storage

Doug Simpson simpsond at leopards.k12.ar.us
Tue May 9 20:49:26 UTC 2006

DSL would work if you could get NFS on it.

For this purpose, though, I would just do a very minimal debian install 
and add nfs support and export the whole drive as NFS. Could likely be run 
on an old P or PII (maybe even a 486 if it would support the drives and 
enough RAM and the load wasn't rediculous).

I would do something like this. . .

/dev/hda1	/boot	200M
/dev/hda2	/swap 	(twice memory size)
/dev/hda3	/	200M	(debian for this will fit nicely)
/dev/hda4	/nfsmaster	rest of the drive space on first drive
/dev/hdb1	/nfsmaster/dir1
/dev/hdc1	/nfsmaster/dir2 (keep on for as many drives as you have)

then on the main server:

make a directory:


and mount //NAS/nfsmaster /nasmaster (appropriate commandline switches)

This way, every drive from the NAS will show up under /nasmaster on the 
main server.

No graphical anything needed after that. . . boot it, wait a bit and boot 
the main server that is mounting the NFS from it.

Don't waste the resources to X on a NAS that you may never have to touch 
unless power fails or something. . .

Only thing you may want to install on it is webmin which would allow you 
to manage it with a graphical web browser from anywhere on your campus (or 
otherwhere) but doesn't require X on the NAS.

Doug Simpson
Technology Specialist
DeQueen Public Schools
DeQueen, AR 71832
simpsond at leopards.k12.ar.us
Tux for President!

On Tue, 9 May 2006, Mark Cockrell wrote:

> Hello all,
>     Recently a colleague asked me if I knew of any turn-key,open-source 
> NAS systems out there.  The first thing I thought of was a cheap, 
> white-box PC with a handful of drives, a network card and Damn Small 
> Linux configured for Samba, NFS, FTP, etc.  I thought, however, that I 
> would appeal to the collective wisdom of the list to see if anyone knows 
> of (or has the know-how to create) a simple, graphical NAS solution.  
> Any thoughts?
> -- 
> C-ya,
> Mark
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