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Default [Link][HowTo] Setting up an 8TB NetBSD file server

Post begins with review of the configuration and what you get at the end, then usage of fdisk, disklabel, crating of raid partitions and so on. Several RAID levels are being used and at the end there is a stable file server with NetBSD system and some 7.3TB of space configured in RAID5. For all people that need a little help in configuring of multi-terabyte file server.

Setting up an 8TB NetBSD file server



Time to update my home fileserver. Budget: under £500, minimise power usage, noise & size, maximisie disk space.

With current prices that means 2TB disks - five is the natural number to give a power of two data stripe with RAID5. So some quick browsing later:
  • One HP MicroServer (~£140 after rebate)
  • 5 * 2TB disks (~£55 each)
  • 3.5 to 5.25 mounting adaptor (~£2)
  • PCI-Express network card (~£8)
Assemble the box - HP still love their bizarre internal hex headed screws, but at least in this case the door has all of them you would need in a neat row, complete with the hex head allen key - nice.

Next, install NetBSD to a cheap USB key - just boot a standard install CD and run through the steps & setup to allow remote root ssh. Alternatively download a live ISO image - either way the goal is to have something you can boot and then work on in a laptop window from the comfort of the sofa.

Filesystem overview

The best way to learn UNIX is to play with it, and the harder you play, the more you learn.
If you play hard enough, you'll break something for sure, and having to fix a badly broken system is arguably the fastest way of all to learn. -Michael Lucas, AbsoluteBSD
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