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Date:      Wed, 2 May 2007 11:00:56 -0400
From:      Jerry McAllister <jerrymc@msu.edu>
To:        Rico Secada <coolzone@it.dk>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Clustered file system
Message-ID:  <20070502150056.GG27552@gizmo.acns.msu.edu>
In-Reply-To: <20070501234426.3fb9cf34.coolzone@it.dk>
References:  <20070501234426.3fb9cf34.coolzone@it.dk>

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On Tue, May 01, 2007 at 11:44:26PM +0200, Rico Secada wrote:

> Hi
> 
> We are expanding at work and I am messing around with different setups.
> 
> I need a file system that will *look* like its just on one machine, 
> like when mounting with NFS, but because of the large amount of data, 
> I really need to expand the files to several servers.

Well, that sounds like AFS.   Check out OpenAFS and Arla - Arla is
just a client, not the server.   OpenAFS does both, but may not
handle the most recent FreeBSD versions.   I haven't kept up lately.

Also, you might want to check out ZFS and see if it suits  your 
needs.   I understand it will be available in FreeBSD in 7.xx.
It comes from SUN.

> 
> Also I need some kind of security.

AFS does authentication and has ACLs.

////jerry
> 
> I haven't set something like this up before so all kind of friendly 
> advice would be greatly appriciated. What solution is recommended?
> 
> Best regards
> Rico
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