Posted on 2014-04-05
I've recently set up a home server running Linux and wanted to give an overview of the setup and some pitfalls that I fell down that can be avoided. First of all I couldn't have done it without the following guides below:
Using the guides above I was able to get the server up and running, the last one in particular was extremely helpful in getting ZFS working.
The current set up I have is a HP N54L running Ubuntu Server. It's an awesome little machine, and I've popped 2 x 2tb's of space into it for now, with an additional 2 bays for more storage when the time comes. I'm using it for a whole host of things, from a file server to media server. I'm using ZFS as my file system of choice, samba sharing for windows machines and NFS for the other linux machines. I've also got Virtualbox installed, hosting 2 more machines and keeping everything modularised. This lets me keep the main OS up and running constantly while only needing to reboot VM's as needed.
Some of the main issues I had with getting everything running I'll list below, along with my solutions:
In setting everything up I ran into lots of issues, and I also found lots of solutions on the following websites below. I also started a thread which has some good advice and some write ups as I went along.
I can definitely recommend the HP N54L if you're looking to set up a home server, it's a greta machine with space for 4 drives plus the OS drive if you flash the firmware to allow a HDD over the optical drive. There's a minor cult following with these microserver's and there are some people who've packed loads of laptop drives into them and really pushed them to the limits. I'm finding it great for not only hosting my work and library but as a media server and always-on machine.