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Re: File server

Arun Shrimali wrote, On 04/22/2009 06:19 AM:
Dear All,

I am planning to set up a server with the following features :

1.File server where users can save their critical data, in their home directory
2.Space allocation for individual user on server (quota for home directory).
3.Users could change their own user password.
4.Client (PC and User) should authenticate from centralized location.
5.No other user / PC should allow to patch in the network.
6.Should work for Windows and Linux clients both.
7.Restrict users to load unwanted software and play with desktops /
screen savers and other files (may be through login script).
8.Centrally updation of antivirus patches (for windows users).
9.Monitor the users and their activity.
10.Authenticate for Squid proxy server also.
11.Should able to chat through lin/win popup

Can anybody suggest me which directory server (and combination) would
be suitable for me.
As I am new to the Linux, it should be a bit user friendly also



Something I don't see you having in your features/requirements that you should be asking yourself:
12.how long do I plan on having this machine in service?
* if the answer is less than 14 months (until ~July 2010), fedora 11 could be a good distro for you[1]. * if the answer is more on the order of until ~late March 2014, you should probably look at RedHat Enterprise Linux[2a], CentOS[2b], or one of the other Long Term Support (LTS) distros. * if you need an LTS distro, but some of the features you want require fedora 11, you should probably be considering (assuming RHEL 6 follows F11 fairly closely) how and when you could do a cut over from using F11 to RHEL/CentOS6 [3].

[1] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/End_of_life

[2a] http://www.redhat.com/security/updates/errata/
[2b] http://wiki.centos.org/FAQ/General#head-fe8a0be91ee3e7dea812e8694491e1dde5b75e6d

[3] Oh great and powerful oracle fedora-list, is it possible to do an 'upgrade' and go from a fedora to an RHEL, and remain sane, with out the upgrade being a backup data, wipe and install+restore data? Anyone done it? howto URLs?

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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