I've had an urgent request from a mate of mine to create a backup solution for his 2 person office. He has a spare Dell Dimension L800r with 128Mb RAM and 20Gb HD that I can use as a server with 3 other machines that will run Win XP. I think I can lift the RAM to 512Mb, but I understand that the BIOS only supports 137Gb disks.
Now I'm going down the FC5 route until at least CentOS 5 gets rolled out, so the current 20Gb disk will probably do for the OS installation. I have a few questions, however, about hardware/Linux support for the venerable minds of FedoraForum to ponder.
1. What's the opinion on the best SATA Raid card supported under Linux? I'd like to whack in 2 disks with mirroring to create a large Samba shared storage area and to provide for disk backups of the laptops and desktop. I've experience of high end SCSI & SAS Raid cards through my work, so online rebuilds and hot-swap would be nice although not absolutely necessary.
2. I have no idea what tape drive support is like for machines of this size. He needs to show evidence of weekly off-site backups or his professional body will not be happy (so say the VERY least).
He's never had shared storage for his office before, or print sharing, firewall, mail server, fax server, VPN etc, etc. I've got designs on doing all this using FC5 eventually, but the off-site backups is pretty urgent as he's getting an on-site inspection from the professional body before the end of July.
Anyone got any ideas on good hardware for this kind of job? Or any other services that I could get the FC5 server to provide?