Once the OS was installed and the hard drives were setup and sharing correctly across the network, it was just a case of installing the remaining bits of software I needed. Continue…
Before anything else I needed to make sure that the RAID5 array from my previous setup was still intact and that it could be migrated to the new system. Luckily the brains behind mdadm obviously had my situation in mind and this turned out to be far less painful than I imagined.
Following in the footsteps of my last install I downloaded the Ubuntu Server 12.04.2 LTS disk image. I usually go for the more bleeding edge builds but really need the server to work long term so went for the LTS package.
I have been using a Ubuntu based home server for about 6 months now. I needed a central place to store all my media and files and I wanted to try out Ubuntu anyway, so it was a worthwhile experiment.
I had very little experience with any Linux distro’s at that point so the process of making sure the server did everything I wanted it to was a long and winding one, with lots of failures and reboots along the way.