Using Linux as a Novell File Server
Posted on 2003-11-05
We use NetWare 5.1 as our file server but considering the direction Novell is going, this request almost makes sense. Even more so from a cost point of view.
We're running out of drive space on our NW5.1 server because it is now being used for file storage as well as database storage. I would like to leave the databases on the NW server and move the file storage to a Linux server (I'm currently testing Mandrake 9.1 in order to get familiar with the Linux environment).
Unfortunately all of my workstations are Win32 machines.
Rather than buying an additional NetWare server, I would like to set up the Linux box to share user directories over the network but configure the permissions so that a user is only allowed access to their own folder, plus a number of common folders. (I have this set up quite elegantly using volumes and file permissions in NetWare). Ideally, I would be to have the folders mapped to drives using the NetWare login script, but if I can only do this using Windows login scripts then so be it.
I'm somewhat of a Linux newbie, so go ahead and tell me that this is impossible if that's the case. If not, I'd appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction so that I can figure out how to set up this particular server configuration.