I have an NAS external Drive which is connected by LAN to the switch and accessed via it's own local static IP. If I format that drive to ext2 format, could I use it on the Debian ISPConfig Server as extra Storage? I could also access that NAS drive from within my desktop directly, which would not bad.
If I could use that NAS Drive on the server, what would be the procedure for to get it up and running?
Thanks for any advice.
You can use a nas server as storage as long as the mounted filesystem supports the normal Linux file attributes.
What I have is the so branded iSmart NAS Drive, here a pic from the internal firmware dor HD formatting:
I access that drive by IP and Port:
It also has an FTP Server:
So, my question now: Could I use this NAS Drive as kind external Storage via LAN with my ISPConfig Debian Server or, could that NAS Drive used as NAS Server plain as it is right now? Or, what need to be done to use it on the ISPC Debian Server?
I'll change HDD in that drive to an bigger one and could directly format to ext2, which should be OK for Linux use.
Thanks for your advice.
Maybe I could get an answer for my questions?
Formatted to fat32 it would not work, formatted to ext2 it should if you mount it via fstab to a directory like /media/xyz or anything else.
Then it is (nearly) like it was a lokal directory.
What's about use as NAS Server as Till mentioned? Attached to the ISPC Server of course! Would that be an solution also?
The connection would be at any way by static IP of the LAN using mainly username and password. I will also have an open public account which is created automatically by the drive firmware, I think using ext2 will have the same outcome as using FAT32 regarding the structure for the drive.
At the moment I'm using it for Torrent downloading and need to finish the running one, which will be tomorrow morning. Than I'll place the new HDD inside and format as ext2 and see what I get.
I don't think you can "attach" it to ISPConfig.
All you can do is use it as space for something, may it be Web/FTP, mails, backups etc.
So what you need to do depends completely on how you plan to "integrate" it into your server's services.
You cant use ownership etc. on fat32 afaik, so for linux servers fat32 is a really bad choice.
The format isn't a problem. The Firmware allows me to format to ext2 and that's what I'll do. You could see that on the pictures I posted above from that Firmware.
That NAS Drive is running an ARM CPU and and low memory AFAIK. So to install directly an Server software on that drive would be impossible.
Any way, tomorrow I'll change the HDD to an new one and format to ext2. Than let see how I could access that drive from within the server. Question also would be how fast Data Transfer would really be?! If I'll use as extra storage, than the speed must be ok. Unfortunately the NIC Interface is only 10/100Mbps! I just had that drive, using mainly for Torrent downloads because it didn't need an computer/desktop for that, it's part of the firmware, and could run therefore 24/7 at very low cost of energy!
OK, let see tmorrow what I'll get.
Thanks a lot for your advices.
Tested as NAS drive on Server, formatted to EXT2.
As that case has only 100Mbps LAN/Ethernet connection, and also the speed of that CPU/Memory/Interface is very slow, I format now again on USB, this time to EXT3 and will try to see what speed I get if I could access that drive from/via Server. Unfortunately I could not access that drive formatted to ETX3 from within Windows.