[Samba] Bit OT - Re: exam projects

buhorojo buhorojo.lcb at gmail.com
Fri Sep 25 07:55:35 UTC 2015

On 24/09/15 20:26, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
> On 09/24/2015 01:16 PM, buhorojo wrote:
>> On 24/09/15 15:44, Rowland Penny wrote:
>>> On 24/09/15 14:18, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
>>>> On 09/23/2015 03:30 PM, buhorojo wrote:
>>>>> Hi
>>>>> A question came today about appliances. We had a look here:
>>>>> https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Samba4/VirtualMachines
>>>>> but that seems to be for setting up a machine. We would still need 
>>>>> to install it. What we want to do is have an appliance so we don't 
>>>>> have to install to just play around to see if we can get a project 
>>>>> out of it. We don't know if it's possible to have a AD setup as an 
>>>>> appliance. Lots of other unknowns too such as how would we change 
>>>>> the domain name and ips. Anyway, if anyone has any experience of 
>>>>> this that would be great. Thanks.
>>>> For an appliance, consider an armv7 board.  Some like Raspberry, I 
>>>> do not.  I use the Cubieboards.  The Cubieboard2 can be had for $65 
>>>> and is better than a RPi2. With Sata etc. Fedora22 is available; 
>>>> F23 in beta as is Centos7.
>>>> I have a Cubieboard with the Centos7-arm beta.  I have a special 
>>>> build of the sernet 4.2 for it.
>>>> You can run your armv7 completely on a 16Gb mSD card.  With the 
>>>> Cubieboards, you can easily use sata by putting all your partitions 
>>>> on the sata (connect it to your installation system with a USB/sata 
>>>> adapter to do this), and ONLY have uboot on a 4Gb cheap mSD (do the 
>>>> install on the mSD, then delete all partitions).
>>>> Have fun!  I am.
>>> Seeing as he was trying to get someone to do half his home work for 
>>> him, I don't think he will want to spend money buying something. I 
>>> also don't think he has realised that he will probably lose marks, 
>>> by not being able to show how and why he decided to go the way he did.
>>> Rowland
>> Hi
>> We are supposed to be catering for a computer room with data shared 
>> between windows and Linux machines. Well, that's one of the projects 
>> anyway. We tried a DC on a pi but 24 hours later it still hadn't 
>> installed on their version of ubuntu(?). Does the Cubie go any faster 
>> I wonder? If we go ahead the posts here will be used as a feasibility 
>> study. Cost is important but not the deciding factor.
> The Pi is an armv5 and limited in a number of ways.  The RPi2 is a duo 
> core armv7 that does better, but is still short of memory and I 
> believe only has USB for a HD attachment.
> The Cubieboard2 and Cubietruck are both Allwinner A20 duo core armv7.  
> The C2 has 1GB and the CT 2 GB memory.  C2 has a 100Mb and CT a gig 
> ethernet.  Both have a sata interface.  Both can easily handle a 2.5" 
> HD, the CT can handle a 3.5" HD (with the addition of 12V).  Go look 
> at the specs.  And look for a source near you.
> There is also the Wandboards and the BananaPi to look at.  I have 
> heard problems with the OrangePi.
> But an armv7 duo core beats a single core armv5 hands down.  Add a HD 
> over an mSD and you have a real appliance server.  Not a DIY hobby 
> machine (My personal observation).
> Oh, and the quad cores are coming out.  Both Wandboard and BananaPi 
> have them.  Cubie has theirs in final build design.
> Then you can go the the armv8 which are 64 bit and more of a data 
> center server platform and pull typically 18W instead of the 2-4W of 
> the armv7...  Oh and COST a lot more!
Thank you so much. What do you reckon? We have to buy in Spain.

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