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Concise steps to Setting up Solaris NFS & Samba

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Hi,

I just got a decommissioned Sun V125.

I would like to set it up as an NFS & Samba so that Windows & Linux clients could do
remote backup to it.

a)is Solaris 9 or Solaris 10 a better choice for this?

b)I can install the full Solaris (including Developer's options) or what's the minimum
   that I should install so that I don't use too much disk space & yet could have NFS,
   Samba & ssh server+client  enabled?

c)Kindly give me the concise steps/instructions on how to set up & enable Samba
   & NFS

d)with Samba enabled, can Windows clients just map a network drive to it?
   (ie at Windows client's MSDOS prompt,   do  "net use drive: \\file_server_IP\sharename
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a) solaris 10 is better since it is latest, stable, etc
b) from experience, go for the developer's installation option, since you will end up installing additional packages specially if you want to use 3rd party S/W.
c) please see:

http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/816-4555/rfsintro-2?a=view
http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/816-4555/rfsadmin-8?a=view
http://vegdave.wordpress.com/2007/03/16/notes-on-configuring-nfs/
http://nfs.sourceforge.net/nfs-howto/ar01s03.html

Samba:

http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-HOWTO-Collection/

ftp://ftp.sunfreeware.com/pub/freeware/sparc/10/samba-3.0.25a-sol10-sparc-local.gz

Please see on the sunfreeware.com site the dependencies

d) yes
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Hi Omar,

I'm trying to partition the test Sun server that I'm going to set up as NFS & Samba
server.  One way is to have only one partition that I don't have to worry about
managing the disk space manually - but this may be bad idea as root may fills up
& hang the system.

What's the minimum space recommended (with developer's option) tt I should
allocate for root?  For /var, don't plan to apply patches as I'll disconnect this
server when not in use so won't be subject to security audit.

If possible, I was hoping that I could install the least options of Solaris 10 so that
it doesn't take up much disk space - this is only a small Sun V125 which does
not have much disks space & I'll need all the space to hold the flash archives/
backups of other servers.  Does NFS & Samba really need those developer's
options or a standard Solaris 10 should suffice?
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