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hi james. sorry for my delayed response, i am in the uk and ive been out for the evening.
i think your last response hits the nail on the head. i am looking to have a physical drive split into many virtual drives. the disk i have in mind is on a fixed ip but on the network of the office building i rent.
does that situation fit in mind with your proposed solution?
hi james thanks for the response. I already have a VPN set up direct to the box that I have in mind but that gives me access to the whole drive (which I want) so I have the IP, and a password ***** the router in the building points me to that box.
I appreciate your offer to set it up for me but I have to be careful of course with live data. Is there any way you could explain or show me how to set it up without having to access that box directly?
Hi James, yes. The box i connect to is just running Windows 7 Pro.
i have a laptop i've recently replaced that I can set up on the network at the office.
i think I have a blank USB knocking around that will fit that on it yes. Are you wanting me to create an image / drive to install that product onto spare computer?
yessir, that product is Ubuntu Linux Server, its born to be a file storage rock, with the quota stuff and the file transfer stuff, and security too. just FYI with Trinity Rescue Kit on a usb key I can walk up and blow away ALL passwords in ANY windows box, not so with Linux
The concept we are going to use is "cloud" but you own the cloud and it lives in 1 machine on 1 quota'd hard drive
this keeps the users from having access to the actual operating system as they won't be Linux Users
Thanks James. I will have to try that on Monday as the other machine is back in the office building. Thanks!
well if you would like Ubuntu makes a live cd, boots from cd, doesnt install anything, just so you can get a feel for it
Another option, is VMware Player, it creates a virtual machine, any flavor os in a window on your machine, it even asks you how much drive to use you could run your file server virtual..