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Linux

As there are a variety of tasks you may need to achieve, there are many different ways to connect to your storage system.  Each operating system has differing methods for utilizing these protocols, and different operating systems will perform differently with each protocol.  For the purpose of this article we are going to focus on two methods of connecting to storage; LUN’s and File Shares.   In my examples I will be using Open Filer as the storage device, then various Linux and Windows editions to connect to the storage system.

In this article I will be covering only the client side of things.  You can see my article on Configuring Open Filer if you wish to quickly setup the server side of any of the protocols I have outlined in this article.  In the future I will post more articles detailing how to create shares without using a pre-packaged solutions like Open Filer.

Today's video shows how to install Open Filer in a Virtual Machine. I will be including more videos soon on how to configure the various parts of Open Filer.

Open Filer is a very easy to use storage system which integrates with Active Directory and LDAP. It supports NFS, iSCSI, SMB, etc... It has many features including Snapshots, Replication, and High Availability. There is a both a Community Version (Free) and a Commercial Version (Not Free).

Virtual Box is a very simple virtual machine package which can be installed on Linux, Mac, Windows, and Solaris. It is open source, so you can compile it to run on other systems as well.

In this tutorial video I will cover how to install virtual box and install your first virtual machine. The process of creating the virtual machine is does not change much from operating system to Operating system. As long as you know how to install the OS (Example: Windows or Linux) then you too can create a Virtual Machine. In this case I will be creating an Ubuntu Linux virtual machine. Ubuntu version 10.10 has a new installer, so it looks a little different if you have used previous versions, but it is still fairly intuitive.

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