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    What server OS

    Ive brought a HP micro server and will be using it for home NAS and messing and what not.

    What server software should I stick on it....

    I like the look for OSX Lion server, just to have a play but are there any good free alternatives out there I should also spend some time messing with?

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    OS X Lion Server will only run on Mac's and as you are posting in *nix I would suggest Linux instead (Ubuntu Server?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    Ive brought a HP micro server and will be using it for home NAS and messing and what not.

    What server software should I stick on it....

    I like the look for OSX Lion server, just to have a play but are there any good free alternatives out there I should also spend some time messing with?
    Tbh I dont know if Lion has been hackintoshed yet and even then its strictly against EULA.
    Its a pity you cant get red hat trials as I would be curious about Red Hat now (as well as w8 server when its out at build)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    Ive brought a HP micro server and will be using it for home NAS and messing and what not.

    What server software should I stick on it....

    I like the look for OSX Lion server, just to have a play but are there any good free alternatives out there I should also spend some time messing with?
    FREENAS ..personally I would look at V7 not V8 for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
    Its a pity you cant get red hat trials as I would be curious about Red Hat now (as well as w8 server when its out at build)
    you can use Centos or Scientific Linux which are both essentially re-branded RHEL


    As for the OP I would say best bets are Ubuntu Server or Centos if you want a full Linux distro
    FreeNas if you really want just nas functionality
    Zentyal if you want a free linux based server but want a simpler setup

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    Although not released yet, OpenMediaVault looks promising and is based on my preferred Linux distro, Debian. I think OMV was created by one of the freenas devs.

    however my microserver currently runs VMware ESXi (4.1, haven't got around to upgrading to 5.0 yet) so that I can use it to test out stuff.

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    I would go with Debian on your Nas if you want the option to install a gui (if your not confident with the commandline of Ubuntu Server) and the ability to install a lot of extra packages as and when (webserver, dlna etc). If you are looking for a ready to go Nas solution freenas is one of the best (and has a lot of extras) and openfile if your looking for just storage sharing.

    Hackintoshs are alright, but can be a real pain to build and maintain (something you don't want on a setup and leave it server)

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    I think I will try a few out and see where I end up... its purely hobby stuff with the idea of having it compliment my Synology NAS thats running out of space.

    Thanks all

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    @ZeroHour Redhat will send you a 90 day trial if there is interest in purchasing the product for your company (IE Schools, Businesses, and such like).

    For a free server based product, Ubuntu Server is a good one to go with.

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    CENTOS 5.6is a godsend for a free Server OS! very reliable and resilliant and it's builton redhat ad it's freeeee

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    Ive decided to sell my 2tb Synology NAS and bang 4x2Tb drives in this raid 5.

    So, my needs have changed slightly, I now need RAID support, obviously, and the ability to download from newsgroups and torrents on the box itself. (for all my new linux ISOs of course )

    So, have I reduced my options?

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    All the one's mentioned above have Raid support. Ubuntu, Centos, Debian etc do it through mdadm usually. FreeNas also has raid functionality built in (and do-able graphically through a web interface I might add!).

    The linux ones as well can also do your torrents & news feeds. I personally have a tiny ARM computer running Debian and it uses a combination of sickbeard, sabnzbd+, transmission to handle all my automatic downloading needs at night. You may find between the different distros it varies in complexity to install the services you require. I know ubuntu & debian have them (sabnzbd & transmission) available in the repository. I am not so sure about the redhat (and its derivitives such as centos), perhaps one of the others can shed light on this?

    I think FreeNas 7 has a torrent plugin from memory.

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    Im thinking about getting one of these too as they are soo cheap.
    Take a look at unraid (youtube) as it seems to look pretty decent and you can mix the size of your drives

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    I've had Debian running on a Microserver for a while now running Netatalk, mt-daapd, and Exim. Not had a problem so far, depends what you are looking to get out of it I guess. If you want to play around and learn things rather than just run stuff then it probably makes more sense to install a VM platform so you've got some rollback options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morganw View Post
    If you want to play around and learn things rather than just run stuff then it probably makes more sense to install a VM platform so you've got some rollback options.
    keeping with a *nix theme cloudstack (particularly with KVM) is worth checking out

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