So I am wondering if there are any recipes out there to set up a minimal ClearOS instance on a rented server, whose sole purpose is to tunnel info to my local ClearOS. This adds a point of failure, but it's an acceptable compromise in this case. No information would live on the server, so I wouldn't even set up backups for data.
it might be a shot in the dark, but I know with some HP servers you have to use their 'smart start CD' it install the OS - for whatever advanced BIOS settings it configures, unless you use the CD the servers don't boot, from memory you put the CD in and choose Win or Linux, put the OS CD in when requested and it installs. I'm only guessing that it must configure some options on all the extra 'lights out' integrated hardware ( I never understood the reason for LO until I used it!), or it adds some special parameters into the boot up procedure.
I'm absolutely sure that the process could be done manually, but I've never had the inclination to learn when the instructions are to use the Smart CD.
Marcel van Leeuwen wrote: Is it possible to use network storage?
Only if it's almost always available. Many apps require reliable storage and bad things happen when storage is offline - example apps:
- Squid Web Proxy
- System Database
- Zarafa Mail Stores
On the flip side, regular file serving via Samba/Flexshare would do fine with network storage. It's not the end of the world if the network store is offline for file serving. Since this is a common scenario, we have considered adding support for two types of storage. That feature is for Storage Manager 2.0 though.
Marc Laporte wrote: Peter: having multiple versions available is more work. However, is there an easy way to get Apache to use the PHP 5.5 from SCL for all web requests?
With the release of RHEL 7, there's less urgency in getting SCL rolled into ClearOS 6. That's a bummer, but we only have X number of development hours and RHEL 7 gives us a fresh start.
Still no ETA, but our development focus has shifted from ClearOS 6.6 (in beta) to ClearOS 7. There are still a few unknowns (e.g. the new installer in RHEL7) so it's hard to put an estimate on a release date. Guesstimate: we'll be seeing a public beta release by mid-September.
In ClearOS 7, Samba will be version 4 and we already have support for regular file shares and NT domains. I don't know if the Active Directory implementation will be stable enough for the initial ClearOS 7 release, but it will certainly be ready for kicking the tires.