Once I’ve finished the file system backup, I will be formatting our works server which is currently running OpenSUSE 13.2 and installing a fresh version of LEAP 15.1. However, I need a little clarification / advice on a few issues.
Our current OpenSUSE 13.2 server is predominately used for running Samba shared drives across our LAN. These shared drives can also be accessed via FTP from remote locations. As well as Samba, we also run a LAMP configuration for a small business website, ftp, ssh etc.
The current OpenSUSE 13.2 installation runs no desktop, just the shell command. Reason being… I was always under the impression that a desktop or GUI would slow the server down? However, I’m now coming around to the idea of using the desktop, simply for ease of software installation, updates, server management etc.
Given I’m a mechanical engineer by trade, and the business owner, being the only one who manages the server and knows a very limited amount of shell commands, what avenue would you recommend I go down in terms of installation type? With or without a desktop? I want something easy to use, reliable, secure and up to date with minimal work. If I were to install the desktop, is there a way to close it down back to the command prompt when its not been used? Bearing in mind the server can go months without a screen, keyboard and mouse plugged in.
The current installation uses a RAID 5 config and when I originally set the server up, it wasn’t intended to become such a critical part of the business. 5 years down the line and I can safely say if it ever become corrupt or we lost the information we’d be in a bad bad place! I was thinking of using Rsync or Grsync (if I use a desktop) to easily backup the file systems automatically to an external hard drive. Would this be something easily achievable using LEAP with desktop?
Any advice appreciated.