|Home lan, Mixed OS environment
||[Jan. 29th, 2006|07:56 pm]
The Question Club
Ok, here is the OS list for the home lan, as it will be later in the week when I get the Ultra 10 set up.|
1x Windows XP Proffesional SP2
1x Windows XP Home SP2
1x Slackware Linux 10.2
1x Mac OSX Panther
1x Solaris 10
The windows machines, and the mac, are basic client systems... mainly running local stuff and accessing the net, rather than sharing resources. The Linux box has the same role, it's also a testbed server. The Solaris box is going to be a dedicated file server- mainly a backup server hosting disk images of the other systems for recovery purposes, but is also likely to pull general file serving duties.
There are also two other systems that may be brought in(Two thinkpad 600's), likely will run some variant of the Windows NT series or Linux, possibly a BSD.
These are currently networked via a Linksys WRT54G, but I'm likely to add a gigabit switch for use with my systems(all of them except XP Home).
What would the best strategy be to share resources and files? I can get NFS working on all of these systems, but thats a royal pain in the ass to work with. Is SAMBA(or some other implementation of Windows file sharing) available for Solaris?
What disk imaging software should I use for the backups? Basically, I'd like it to take an image, and said image does not take up any more space than the actual disk spae *used*, rather than an image of the entire drive. Plus, of course, a small tag at the end denoting how much free space to throw on when the image is restored- otherwise I'd need a HUGE hard drive for this.
Also, with the background on the networks OS's and the brief overview of how they are connected, if you've got any general tips and tricks for making a multi-OS network like this work well, I'm open to them. Be it techniques, specific software, extra hardware...