We have Dell Power Edge 2950 with 16GB of RAM to be converted from MS file server to Linux file server. (Every sysadmin like new metro mickey mousing interface of Server 2012 in professional environment , don't you?)
I have SATA 500 HDD that I want to use for Ubuntu server installation. All data files will be on RAID 10 connected to PERC 5i.
As I read it is good idea to have separate partitions for /, /boot , /user , /home , /var ,swap , /tmp.
The only software on our file server --SSH and Samba, no user home folders.
Then I don't need separate partition for /user and / home, correct me if I am wrong.
/tmp is mounted as tmpfs.
It looks I need just 4 partition : / , /boot , /var and swap.
Also please advise if I need to use whole 500GB HDD or just a part to make backup images smaller.
and what size for each partition.