Suggestions for server space recommendation and samba storage
I intend to build FOG on a virtualized Debian system and I need some advice.
How much space should I dedicate to the virtual linux server? Should I allow for sufficient disk on the virtual for the images? I would prefer to store my images on a separate samba server if possible. Is this possible/recommended?
Any performance benefits/hits to storing the images in on the same FS as the FOG server?
Nope, other than everything being self contained. That’s how probably 95% of fog sites are. Large sites use multi-node setups.
Is there a best practices document for FOG that I can refer to.
Not really. There are some partitioning considerations that you need to think about, that’s probably the most important thing to get right from the start. Once you get into the groove of FOG, you will start doing things your way. We have some tutorials in the WiKi that are written for the absolute Linux newbie. If you’re a newbie I would recommend following one of the tutorials, and going with CentOS 7 only because it’s tutorial is up to date and I haven’t made tutorials for other distros yet… But if you wanted to go with another distro, we can help you along here in the forums.
Any performance benefits/hits to storing the images in on the same FS as the FOG server? Is there a best practices document for FOG that I can refer to. I have been through the docs a bit and will go through in more depth.
Thanks very much for the detail. Very helpful to me.
Samba is not the carrier for imaging in FOG, NFS is. FTP access to the images is also required.
You can setup a sperate linux server as a storage node, and all the images can reside on there, and have another VM as your main controlling FOG server if you like. The main server orchestrates everything. Storage nodes are just storage nodes.
You can use an actual full Debian server/computer as a storage node or a Synology NAS or FreeNAS or other similar types of storage. It’s possible to also create a storage node using Windows - but it hasn’t been done in a while.
You could set everything up self contained on one VM. And as far as how much storage space you need, well that depends on how many images you need to have, how big they are, and so on.