Hi, I actually have several setup related questions so here I go.
the background is:
#1 I am not a Linux guy. I am coming from windows.
#2 I am trying to setup a good robust VM server and file server for my home lab.
#3 I have a 24 bay Supermicro server with 2 AMD Opteron Six core CPU, 56GB RAM 4 NICs(2 build in and 2 PCIe) IPMI,
2x1T HDD for system setup
1x2T HDD for data hold (have more but at this moment only one is available to work with.)
what I am trying to do is :
Setup OpenSuse to boot from 2x1T HDD in soft Raid 1 using btrfs as default file system with a minimal config.
I am thinking TextMode first and add light GUI manually.(I know this is a server and all but I do like to have GUI to work with over CLI)
when done, setup Xen.(currently I am having issues with setting up this, mainly after Xen install my network stop working and I do not see Xen mentioned anywhere in Grub boot.)
once all of the above is working plan is to setup a btrfs Raid 6 data array + LVM for all file sharing needs etc.
and configure NFS/SAMBA shares for my ISOs, media files, applications install, shared user folders etc.
once this is done
openSuse VM for Domain Controller (not sure if I need this yet but it’s an option)
FTP server , Clonzilla or FOG server with PXE boot options to be able to backup/rebuild my other PC via network
pfSence VM configure to use this as my hardware router replacement.
( WAN/LAN router, DHCP, firewall, NAT,DNS) maybe Domain Controller should be here
Ubuntu or OpenSuse VM for transmission,sanzbs,coach potato,sick beard setup
a VM to host a media server like PlayOn, Serviio, MediaTomb, Plex or MediaPortal server. not sure what the Guest OS will be yet. and what the server will be.
in addition to the above my question is
what the good partitioning schema for system drive can be.
I have setup new system last night but struck several issues thus will be rebuilding it
issue 1 I could not setup/configure raid during install.
the install manager would not let saying I do not have any free devices for raid.
the drives I want to use one was a brand new , right from the box Seagate 1T
the second one is Green WD 1T that had some stuff on it from my XenServer test run, but I have removed all partitions before trying the raid. could it be that install manager still saw the drive as used and refused to delete it?
so I did a setup on single new drive with partitions like
sda\sda1\ 40GB /boot EXT4
sda\sda2\ 40GB /swap swap
sda\sda3\ 100GB / btrfs
sda\sda4\ ~700GB /home btrfs
this is only for system disk.
is there are better way of doing this?
should I use LVM for this?
any other partitions/subvolume to use?
the data raid I will setup as soon as I have a good working system.