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  • #41165

    islamail
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    Zeroshell would be perfect for me if offering a NAS (Network-Attached Storage) function !!!

    Any Easy-to-Use Solution !?

    I’ll appreciate your answers

    #46863

    imported_fulvio
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    In the future, Samba will be available as external package.

    Regards
    Fulvio

    #46864

    wbschindler
    Member

    Hi Fluvio,

    Good job with ZS however CIFS (samba) may not be the best choice. If you are CIFS server it is nasty see 2. below, if only CIFS client (which is of limited use) — I’d rather see NFS support, at lease client support.

    I suggest NFS over CIFS for a few reasons:
    1. CIFS is a mess! Lots of unneeded traffic on the network – requires SMB and NMB daemon (for server) support which are really messy.
    2. Configuration of CIFS is difficult for users – I fix smb.conf all the time and there are too many options.
    3. Support for client is not too much trouble (e.g., mount -t cifs …) but would require cooperation with the Windows config to work well. Frankly, the only thing this brings to the party is the ability to talk to Windows filesystems. Is it worth it?
    4. NFS is much simpler to implement (either as server or client) and in the network environment much more useful.

    Thanks for listening,

    Bill

    #46865

    JR_Ewing
    Member

    I think this is not good idea. As computer security specialist I recommend to NOT HAVE data on security appliance ( in this case zeroshell ). Thats because if someone compromise your zeroshell, he has free access to your data as well. Right solution is to have data on separate computer and for it, there are good free nas solutions ( openfiler, freenas etc. ).

    @islamail wrote:

    Zeroshell would be perfect for me if offering a NAS (Network-Attached Storage) function !!!

    Any Easy-to-Use Solution !?

    I’ll appreciate your answers

    #46866

    yce_kelvin
    Member

    I m totally not agree to integrate the NAS feature because Zeroshell should maintain a full networking function linux application box. If NAS integrated, better use linux server to make it… i agree like previous post there, islamail should go to look freenas, it is a nice NAS linux application box.

    #46867

    islamail
    Member

    Hi all,

    Sorry Yce_kelvin & JR_Ewing, but this is true if you’re willing to use it in a professional domain, for myslf, I got the intention to build an embedded device (Soekris 5501) as a Home Lan/Wlan router to which I’d like to get attached a NAS also from which I’d share a printer and of course some of the provided features already available within Zersell (Proxy-AntiVirus, LDAP server…). I wonder if FreeNAS or any NAS ditro would make one of these features available !!!

    Fulvio is willing to provide SAMBA as an external package (Meaning optional package) thing that’d make me happy.

    Wbschindler,
    I guess replacing CIFS by NFS would be a good idea if the net work is based on Linux/Unix/Mac Machines, but do you think Windows based Machines could access to such file sharing protocol ?

    Thanks for everybody’s advice

    #46868

    islamail
    Member

    By the Way !

    Could any one tell me in which countries Soekris Devices are available ?

    #46869

    yce_kelvin
    Member

    @islamail wrote:

    Wbschindler,
    I guess replacing CIFS by NFS would be a good idea if the net work is based on Linux/Unix/Mac Machines, but do you think Windows based Machines could access to such file sharing protocol ?

    Thanks for everybody’s advice

    YES. I use freenas in my network now which share files within XP machine and linux machine. It come with file protection features as well. You can to try for it.. My suggestion still there.. u should separate your linux network server and nas box. Good luck anyway. We are waiting this interesting dev bu host as well. 🙂

    #46870

    islamail
    Member

    yce_kelvin

    This answer means that you didn’t understand what I just said above.

    Anyway, for me it is importnt that that zeroshell provides the NAS option, coz freenas would never provide the zeroshell features. and I don’t want to have a plenty of additional machines in my network.

    #46871

    yce_kelvin
    Member

    @islamail wrote:

    yce_kelvin

    This answer means that you didn’t understand what I just said above.

    islamail :

    Yes, you are pro. is ok.

    Anyway, for me it is importnt that that zeroshell provides the NAS option, coz freenas would never provide the zeroshell features. and I don’t want to have a plenty of additional machines in my network.

    I know what you want is all the function in a linux box. Included NAS and networking option. is ok.

    #46872

    wbschindler
    Member

    NFS can be used on Windows. But, I really did not mean to indicate that NFS should be a server on zeroshell, just that it should be possible to mount a filesystem via NFS. This is a small addition to ZS.

    This way, one could backup and indeed update modules from a central repository, dump stats for offline processing (bandwidth usage, etc..).

    I should have been clearer. I agree with others, as a high security network admin, I would never permit a firewall/router to be a file server of any form, Samba (CIFS), NFS or others. Hardening the system in any environment is difficult let alone in the 1G space we have for the non-volatile boot media.

    #46873

    flw2
    Member

    I’ll leave the CIFS vs. NFS discussion to those that know more about the administration issues. I’m running FreeNAS with CIFS, and it works great. I’m assuming that NFS can be mounted (or at least files opened) by Windoze boxes – right? If not, then I would prefer CIFS as an available service.

    I’d love to get ZS up and running, but am unwilling to nuke my FreeNAS box to do so, which it currently appears is required. If there is a thread somewhere about how to install ZS on a FreeNAS box and have both coexist, I would appreciate a pointer.

    BTW, since my NAS is semi-public (among my family), all data is stored in TrueCrypt containers – so if someone does compromise the box, all they get is a bunch of huge (100GB) files they cannot do anything with.

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