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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-07-2003, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Linux guru's : advice needed

Im considering converting the less powerful dell poweredge here to a RH Linux box to do file serving.

I need it to be able to utilize the ADS for user authentication preferably and also for the other box to be able to do backups on with BackUp Exec 8.6.

Any ideas?

Box is a dell PE 2550
Using Hardware raid array - raid 5
Xeon p3 1.4 ghz
512 megs ram

Currently, its Win2k Srv w/sp3. Im thinking it would be more useful running linux. And I would probably utilize it for hosting our websites too.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-07-2003, 12:49 PM
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I've done that with the PE series Dells (4600s) before. Works great. for ADS, you'll need to use a new version of Samba, but other than that, it's pretty easy to do. Setup your disk layout with the hardware raid, then install linux to the partitions.

Don't think that Backup Exec runs under Linux. You'll have to use NetBackup or something similar for this host to be the backup host. Now, if the other host is running BackupExec, you should be able to share the data out via a Samba share and be golden.

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Backup Exec does work with Linux but I believe you have to be using 9.0.

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format back to windows.. Fixes any problem.

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why not just use tar to back up stuff, instead of using some huge front end? I made a script that connects to 4 different boxes, tar's everything up into one backup file, imports them to the backup server, then burns the tape. Every friday it sends me an email to change the tape, and it also ejects the tape. Its pretty simple to do, and is much more custom.

It also sends me and email each night with status results.

Removing Yesterdays backup from hard disk... 09/22--22:00:00
Removed. 09/22--22:00:00
Retrieving new backup for Raid1... 09/22--22:00:00
Raid1 backup complete. 09/22--23:39:30
Retrieving new backup for Raid2... 09/22--23:39:30
Raid2 backup complete. 09/23--00:26:34
Retrieving new backup for DNS1... 09/23--00:26:34
DNS backup complete. 09/23--0027
Backup Size
21MB /backups/dns1
3.5GB /backups/raid1
1.3GB /backups/raid2

Writing to tape:: 09/23--0027
Write Compelte:: 09/23--0110
************************************************** *
Backup for Tue Sep 23 0110 CDT 2003 completed.
************************************************** *
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-08-2003, 03:09 PM
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Originally posted by Hunt4m3x
format back to windows.. Fixes any problem.
what the...what a horrid solution. why would you want to replace a box that you only need to reboot when making hardware or kernel changes with a box that needs to be rebooted after installing a piss ass application? i've yet had to reboot a linux box for anything. windows on the other hand wants to reboot everytime you scratch your ass...
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