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Fedora23 as file server.

asked 2015-11-11 05:28:04 -0500

gardenair gravatar image

Hi, I want to use Linux as a file server (Samba).Would you please let me know that in production environment can some one use it as a Dedicated server ? Actually I want to configure samba server on it.

Please guide me, gardenair

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Have you considered using freenas? I know, it is a totally different approach than using an OS from the RedHat family (use CentOS, not fast-pace Fedora!) but it simplifies things a lot. So, if you don't want to go into all the system details CentOs, freenas could be pretty much plug and play, and it is highly scalable (ZFS, plenty of protocols out-of-the box, ...)

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-11-11 16:46:28 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-11-11 08:23:18 -0500

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Fedora is bleeding edge. What you really want from your fileserver is stability and longer term support. Take a look at CentOS, which is from the same RedHat camp, but is built as a server OS - it's what I use for my file services where I have Fedora as a desktop os.

As far as configuring Samba goes... there's plenty of guides available on the Internet. CentOS's own wiki has one here:

Even if you choose to stick with Fedora, most of that guide will still be relevant. You can find lots more with any popular search engine. There are even youtube videos that could help you get your Samba server set-up correctly.

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Yeah, cobra is right - unless you want to challenge yourself to keep up with the latest and greatest open source technology, CentOS 7 will allow you to apply your knowledge of Fedora and continue to develop skills relevant to Fedora without running the risks associated with such a fast-moving, leading edge Fedora system. That said, I do run a production Fedora 22 system at home which hosts a variety of other guest domains, so it's quite critical for me, and despite the complex services it provides, I've found it stable and without issue for about a year.

bitwiseoperator gravatar imagebitwiseoperator ( 2015-11-11 13:37:29 -0500 )edit

Thanks for your replyes. Well Actually there are new things introduce by Red Hat in their version especially they change

chkconfig smb on
service smb start


systemctl enable smb
systemctl start smb

These things are new for me,what is systemctl ? why red hat has change this,definitely for improvement .

gardenair gravatar imagegardenair ( 2015-11-11 22:50:42 -0500 )edit

Those changes are in Fedora too. Actually Fedora got them first, it's the 'new way', replacing the SystemV stuff (and perhaps not everyone is happy with it). Fortunately the Fedora project covers this in their documentation. Take a look here:

cobra gravatar imagecobra ( 2015-11-12 05:10:48 -0500 )edit

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