solutions for a storage file server

Feb 26, 2019
I have to retire an obsolete physical linux samba file server, with mapped shares on workstations, and migrate service on existing infrastructure of 2 proxmox nodes and microsoft active directory domain.

Currently the server provides shares to about 80 users that will be integrated into the active directory domain. In all, it is about 5 TB of data, for the most, common document archive.

I'm beginning to imagine a solution (which is necessarily a low cost) that allows to do what it currently does on the samba server but with greater solidity and speed of recovery in case of problems (especially hardware).

I would like a system that minimize times of disruption in case of problems.

Perhaps the simplest thing would be a vm with file server role and backup to be restored on another node in case of problems hw to the node on which it is hosted.

But I am sure there are other more refined and effective solutions. Quite simply because a virtual machine of that size seems to me to be problematic to manage and recover.

One could imagine a shared storage on nas or physical fileserver but the latter would become a single point of failure particularly critical ...

Do you have suggestions?

p.s.: Windows Licensing server is not a problem, as is the work time to set up the system. Instead, it is particularly problematic to buy hardware, especially at tight deadlines.

VM: XPenology.
LXC: any linux with Webmin and samba module.

My usercase: XPenology and Alpine Linux LXC with Samba Active Directory.


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