Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Is OpenSUSE the right choice for my SOHO?

  1. #1

    Default Is OpenSUSE the right choice for my SOHO?

    I'm aiming to set up a home network with some fairly specific needs. My main 'concern' is finding the right OS for the server at the heart of my network, and I'm hoping that someone experienced with networking will be able to give me an honest opinion - out of the different options available, is OpenSUSE the right choice for me to deliver these requirements?



    Network hardware
    I'm looking to set up a home network consisting of:

    * HP ProLiant G7 N54L MicroServer (OS to be decided)
    * Windows 7 (Home) laptop
    * Windows 7 (Home) desktop
    * Windows XP desktop (can live without)
    * Android-based wireless tablet (can live without)
    * OpenSuse 13.1 laptop (can live without)
    * TalkTalk wireless router

    Requirements
    The ideal set up would include (in order of importance):
    1) MicroServer as file server
    2) MicroServer as SQL database server (very low demand)
    3) Remote management of server (within local network or VPN)
    4) Workgroup is secure (i.e. no external access)
    5) Access within the workgroup is as free as possible (no internal security required)
    6) VPN so can access server from different location (access to files)
    7) VPN so can access server from different location (server management)
    8) Supports an internally deployed web application (PHP based - again, very small)
    9) Scheduled backup / sync to other part of VPN.

    At this point, you might be thinking "geez, does he want a cure for cancer and world peace as well?" Well, I'm aiming high and accepting that I may not get everything that I want. Ridiculous as it sounds given the above list, I'm looking for a solution as simple as I can get away with.

    My knowledge
    Whilst nowhere near an entry level user, neither am I a computing expert - let alone in the field of networking for which my knowledge is rudimentary. I'm okay with using command-line, but much happier with a GUI. I'm experience on OpenSUSE linux, which I've run at home for many years and have tinkered in a wide range of software, but never professionally.



    Views?



    Stuart

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Germany (Ore Mountains)
    Posts
    457

    Default Re: Is OpenSUSE the right choice for my SOHO?

    Quote Originally Posted by phual View Post
    2) MicroServer as SQL database server (very low demand)
    Which database product do you want to run?
    You will get no problems with open source products like PostgreSQL or MySQL (or it's fork MariaDB), but if you want to run free versions of commercial closed source products (Sybase, Oracle ,...) things may look different. They are usually certified/supported only for the "big" server linuxes (RHEL, SUSE Enterprise).

    regards,
    Hendrik

  3. #3

    Default Re: Is OpenSUSE the right choice for my SOHO?

    Quote Originally Posted by hendwolt View Post
    Which database product do you want to run?
    You will get no problems with open source products like PostgreSQL or MySQL (or it's fork MariaDB), but if you want to run free versions of commercial closed source products (Sybase, Oracle ,...) things may look different. They are usually certified/supported only for the "big" server linuxes (RHEL, SUSE Enterprise).

    regards,
    Hendrik
    Any. The requirement is very simple and could be realised easily on any of the main SQL products (PostgreSQL, MySQL, MS SQL Server, etc.).

    Stuart

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    San Diego, Ca, USA
    Posts
    13,295
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default Re: Is OpenSUSE the right choice for my SOHO?

    Is not difficult to set up the parts on openSUSE.

    But, if you're willing to pay a little bit, you can install SUSE Small Business and all should be more or less setup for you already.
    https://www.suse.com/promo/

    TSU

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Posts
    3,611

    Default Re: Is OpenSUSE the right choice for my SOHO?

    There are a number of Patterns within YaST>Software Management for setting up servers. Also look at the openSUSE documentation.

    Also according to the Unix and Linux Administrators Handbook, SUSE has the best documentation.

  6. #6

    Default Re: Is OpenSUSE the right choice for my SOHO?

    Thanks for the replies. I would have responded sooner but for the gecko's little illness. It sounds like my requirements aren't phasing respondents at all, which is an encouraging sign. I guess I shall suck it and see (and probably do a tutorial of what I did should it go well).

    One thing I would be intrigued by: - I'm going to set the server up as a file server, but I'm not sure what the best approach is. Redundancy is NOT an issue (low volumes, low impact, external backup), but I'd like to span multiple volumes. LVM? RAID?

    Thanks

    Stuart

  7. #7

    Default Re: Is OpenSUSE the right choice for my SOHO?

    phual wrote:
    > Thanks for the replies. I would have responded sooner but for the
    > gecko's little illness. It sounds like my requirements aren't phasing
    > respondents at all, which is an encouraging sign. I guess I shall suck
    > it and see (and probably do a tutorial of what I did should it go well).
    >
    > One thing I would be intrigued by: - I'm going to set the server up as a
    > file server, but I'm not sure what the best approach is. Redundancy is
    > NOT an issue (low volumes, low impact, external backup), but I'd like to
    > span multiple volumes. LVM? RAID?


    LVM allows you to span multiple disks/partitions etc and IMHO has no
    downside, so I would use that. You say you don't need redundancy, so I
    probably wouldn't bother with RAID.

    BTW, you also mentioned security and you said you had a TalkTalk router.
    In other threads, people have been noticing that some ISPs have back
    doors into their routers. Yours hasn't been mentioned but if you're
    paranoid you might think about putting an extra router of your own
    behind the ISP's, then you can leave your network fairly open, except
    for the wireless.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Germany (Ore Mountains)
    Posts
    457

    Default Re: Is OpenSUSE the right choice for my SOHO?

    One more annotation:
    Other people are interested in the best-SOHO-distro question too:

    http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?is...140113#feature

    Even though Jesse should have installed a (minimal) desktop; at least for the setup phase...

    Hendrik

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •