Urgent advice required ---
I am new to Linux.
I want a basic Samba server.
The server must have RAID 1.
Later on I want to have a mail server, firewall and so on.
I have versions of Mandrake, Fedora and RH 9.
I seem to prefer the Mandrake but as I said I am new to this.
I just loaded the different versions to have a look how easy they are.
I have two problems:
1. I can pay the $120 or so to get support on Mandrake but I do not know if they can do what I want.
2. I am using Intel SE7210TP1 motherboard but cannot get the RAID option to work. So can I implement S/W RAID (answer is probably yes) but then how do I do that with Mandrake or if Fedore is a better option, then how on Fedora?
I also need training on Linux. I do not have to money to pay out the $1500 to $2000 for classroom training. I ordered a book on Mastering RH9. Will that help me much or are there other ways. My background is Novell (up to V5) and Microsoft. I have no Unix exposure.