[rescue] Filesystem choice for fileserver?

Kevin Foote kevin.foote at gmail.com
Thu Apr 17 08:58:39 CDT 2008

Why not something like

freenas --- > http://www.freenas.org
openfiler --- > http://www.openfiler.com

I personally like freenas for the footprint.


On Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 7:09 AM, Michael-John Turner <mj at mjturner.net> wrote:
> Hi all,
>  I'm looking at building a new home fileserver over the coming weeks and one
>  of the things I'm still a bit unsure about is choice of filesystem. I'm
>  looking at using 3x750GB drives for data storage, in a RAID5 configuration
>  (ie about 1.5TB usable). The server itself will probably be a Core2Quad
>  with 4/8GiB RAM.
>  One slight fly in the ointment is that I'd like to use the server for some
>  virtualisation as well - my software choice there is VMware Server (I want
>  to share VMs with VMware Fusion on my MBP), which pretty much necessitates
>  the use of Linux.
>  Naturally, my first choice would be ZFS, but it's only stable on Solaris
>  (and maybe FreeBSD), neither of which are supported as VMware host
>  platforms.
>  My Linux filesystem of choice used to be reiserfs version 3, but that's
>  pretty much in maintenance only mode these days. I'm very keen on XFS, what
>  with its solid SGI heritage, but I've read a few horror stories of people
>  who've lost data using it. There's also JFS, which I have no experience
>  with and doesn't seem particularly popular, and ext3, which I'm not a fan
>  of because of it's semi-async nature.
>  Anyone got any thoughts on this? What's everyone using for their fileserver
>  needs these days?
>  -mj
>  --
>  Michael-John Turner
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