Please if any one has a successful file share server on a LAN working can you let me know what software you use.
I have tried many methods so far but not to my liking.
My wishes are to access on an irregular basis many types of data file including photos films and music. contained on four or more drives.
I would like the drives to spin down after access and the mother board go into low power until wake on LAN.
The time taken to wake the system is not so important but must be available to a number of work stations.
If any one could point me in the right direction I would be most grateful.
I have not listed the methods so far tried as this may cause a fork to why one or other method will or not work hence if you have one working please let me know .
Many thanks for reading this and more thanks if you can help.
I am using latest PCLinuxOS with KDE or XFCE4 on all stations.
Added after first post.
I can give the requirements in a different way.
This is for a educational establishment charity. (short break workshops)
Requirement central repository for master copy's of pictures, films or cuts, music (out of copyright classical).
Each student has their own repository on a memory stick.
Master copy's are read only. student copy's are saved on the master disk/s as read only to all students but accessible to producing student and tutors, copy also kept on personal stick.
All students are encouraged to collaborate but able to prove originator of an idea.
All this and more I have working, with a large overhead of time to manage as I do it voluntary I am not always able to be available to reboot master machines after a power cut, by the electric company or the cleaner that pulls the plug.
To leave machines on when not required is wasteful of power, hence required to go in standby LAN awake on poling.
FTP is so messy for students and hard to configure over multiple drives.
Samba is a nightmare to set up and maintain with continuous change over of students. no quick way to set up accounts.(windows NO NO)
The same apply s to NFS shares.
Or am I missing something.
So please I am interested with a method that does work not one that may work for I have tried so many methods over many hundreds of hours with poor results.
Just maybe I wish to much.