For this segment, we will install an Operating System (Debian 12, Bookworm) on our server built from spare parts.
We will step away from the virtual machines, and see how things go with real, if somewhat dated hardware. Additionally we will walk though some hardware identification, and the installation of additional helper programs. One of the first being openssh, so we can operate our server headless.
For this next segment, using actual hardware, I went ahead and created a video. The main purpose is to highlight my methodology when I start working with real hardware.
Up to this point, this project has been done on virtual machines. which is quite a thing, as I remember back when this was not even possible for the home user. But alas, virtualization, in spite of how far it has come, is not like real hardware. It is pretty close on Type One Hypervisors, but Type two is not a perfect experience.
So watch the video, and get some insight into how we can make a server out of junk box parts.
Our last stop before moving on to actual physical hardware is the Logical Volume Manager or LVM. Anyone who has used Linux on a regular basis has probably heard of this application. (more…)
In this post we will take a look at the snapraid application. This program provides fault tolerance through a form of stand alone parity. (more…)