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openfiler anyone?

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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
well after a disasterous start and gettibng a dodgy hard drive i have a new one installed and ready to go

so far i have got openfiler on and now just configuring everything
got a bit stuck on ldap wnidows domain etc etc
does anyone have any experience in which settings i require fr just connecting a few xboxes and i'l probably need to configure a pc up too because i will need to transfer dvds on it) or can i rip dvds on the nas?

can anyone help please
its all double dutch to me and need to speak in laymans terms

wheres polly69 when u need her/him?
many thanks
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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As I said in the previous thread, I think you should stick with Windows - shares will work across most platforms and it's very easy to set up Windows media player to share your media for Xboxes and similar devices. The open filer site itself does mention
"Openfiler is meant for systems administrators and other technically minded individuals. Please visit the Download section of the website to obtain Openfiler. Please note that Openfiler is a powerful but complex piece of software which requires knowledge and understanding of a number of operating system, networking and storage concepts. "

If you're going to stick with Linux, the easiest system to work with which I think should serve your needs is Samba - this is basically the same as Windows shares, it will allow devices to access the files stored within these directories. You don't need a Windows domain (as you don't need to authenticate your own devices I'm guessing), Apache (webserver) and FTP may be well be useful as well. Alternatively you might consider Ubuntu, it's a general Linux distro and not specialised for NAS but I think it's easier to use and configure for someone not familiar with Linux.

John
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As I said in the previous thread, I think you should stick with Windows - shares will work across most platforms and it's very easy to set up Windows media player to share your media for Xboxes and similar devices. The open filer site itself does mention
"Openfiler is meant for systems administrators and other technically minded individuals. Please visit the Download section of the website to obtain Openfiler. Please note that Openfiler is a powerful but complex piece of software which requires knowledge and understanding of a number of operating system, networking and storage concepts. "

If you're going to stick with Linux, the easiest system to work with which I think should serve your needs is Samba - this is basically the same as Windows shares, it will allow devices to access the files stored within these directories. You don't need a Windows domain (as you don't need to authenticate your own devices I'm guessing), Apache (webserver) and FTP may be well be useful as well. Alternatively you might consider Ubuntu, it's a general Linux distro and not specialised for NAS but I think it's easier to use and configure for someone not familiar with Linux.

John


yeah ive downloaded it lookis like you have to be a programmer to understnd anything

i thought it would be more plug and play rather than programming

so can windows network to three xboxes?
i'm not too sure if i have mediacentre on the old comp or is thst not needed?
i was looknig for something quiet that could be hidden away rather than having another pc up around the place
thanks
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I'm not familiar with freenas or openfiler (just Linux in general) although looking over the two of them, freenas looks to be better suited to what you're wanting.

You've mentioned you'd rather not have a PC running but I assume this is what you are currently trying to get openfiler going on? If you don't want a PC running, you're going to need to go with some sort of dedicated NAS enclosure - as long as you get one which supports Windows/Samba shares it would probably do the job as it sounds like you just want to share files between machines, nothing more.

What exactly are you looking to do with the Xboxes, is it purely to access or stream files from the PC? I'm assuming you've modded them, also do you have an existing network it's just the actual software side you are working on? It's a while since I used a modded Xbox for media but I believe they worked fine over both windows shares and as a fallback ftp transfer both of which Windows can do.

For my system I'm using a broken old laptop with no screen, that way it's small, quiet and uses little power. It's running Windows XP Pro with a 750GB external drive on which I have shares mounted which basically means most devices can access these files through [URL="file://\\machinename\videos"]\\machinename\videos[/URL] or similar.

For media, primarily to allow the PS3 and Xbox 360 to stream video or music from the above PC - this is configured using Windows Media Player 11 which includes media connect, you simply choose where your media is and then other devices can just pick it up.

John
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yes i have modded three xboxes and they will go in various rooms throughout the flat
the PC i wish to be the server -which i can stream backup dvds, and various other media to the xboxes

i have the hardware for networking and i am running 3 pcs on wired/wireless networks

I don't know whether the NAS could be Online live I have no idea but just to network to the 3 xboxes
My vision of my network setup would be that similar to ICE on Emirates or inflight entertainment on demand if thats possible?
I hope it is
Wish to backup all our dvds etc especailly the kids movies so they should never have to get their filthy fingers on them again


i tried to install FREENAS this time around but it never managed to boot up with freenas for some reason
thats why I am goin for openfiler which does seem more technically minded

Just have to research a bit more and find out what all this gobbledegook means

and then because mediatomb was freaking out without the headers:
yum install libexif-devel id3lib-devel js-devel

After that, I unpacked the mediatomb source code and ran configure with these options:
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/mediatomb --enable-static --enable-protocolinfo-extension

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