Originally Posted by UUronl
Nope. Just Linux software raid on Ubuntu. Using mdadm via command line or disk utility.
Which type of raid do you run? Flexraid is probably the most popular choice amongst this forum which is quite similar to raid 4 but with the option for multiple parity drives and it runs atop windows
The only thing about a linux server that keeps it from the unwashed masses is that it always seems you have to know *everything* before you can do *anything*
-fstab, don't use /dev/sda, etc remember to use the uuid of each drive, alright now where do I find that, alright now how do I edit the fstab again? Right, vim, wait vim isn't there, ok maybe nano then. That works, how do I save again?
-Ok now I'm going to use mdadm and create a software raid. Which type of raid? Ok I have raid 4 with a parity disk created and my array is online. Let me just add my content. Why can't I share my array? Right, need to go install samba. Ok, now I've shared it, why can't anyone read/write?
-Ok, permissions setup . . . It just keeps on keeping on
-Then come to find out Windows to Windows SMB sharing is lickety split, easily top 80MB/s on lan. Something's fishy with my windows to linux write speeds. What should I do? . . .
-Oh right, nobody updates the open source samba stack anymore so just use nfs. Wait I can't mount and explore nfs or begin to set it up, and there are more permissions which I barely understood the first time around. Ok, then CIFS. . .
Even for someone who knows their way around linux, it's kind of a pain to deal with. Especially for a file server. I like it for an HTPC, a laptop, even a repurposed old desktop, but a server is not easy to manage unless you are truly motivated