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First of all, this is the hardware I have:

AMD FX 4100 (Quad, 3.6Ghz)
4GB DDR3 RAM
Gigabyte Motherboard (not exact about the model)
2TB HDD

1)

Is there a way I can set this up to "host" an ubuntu image so I can image computers on the same network from it? For example I could have an ubuntu image on the server with chrome, VLC etc built in and I can install it on other machines over the network. MY network is capable of 450Mb/s just incase this helps.

2)

I've herd about using SAMBA as a file server before, but does this work reliably between Ubuntu/Windows?

3)

Would I benefit from getting a small (60gb?) SSD for the boot disk at all?

Thanks OCN!
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First of all, this is the hardware I have:

AMD FX 4100 (Quad, 3.6Ghz)
4GB DDR3 RAM
Gigabyte Motherboard (not exact about the model)
2TB HDD

1)

Is there a way I can set this up to "host" an ubuntu image so I can image computers on the same network from it? For example I could have an ubuntu image on the server with chrome, VLC etc built in and I can install it on other machines over the network. MY network is capable of 450Mb/s just incase this helps.

2)

I've herd about using SAMBA as a file server before, but does this work reliably between Ubuntu/Windows?

3)

Would I benefit from getting a small (60gb?) SSD for the boot disk at all?

Thanks OCN!

I cannot speak too much to #1. I think you have the wrong idea about the image. You would be best off creating the images from the hardware that everything is installed on and storing/refreshing them from the server. If you setup the software on the server to "prep" it for other machines, you generally need to strip out drivers and such that the other machines wont use.

SAMBA works just fine, never had an issue with file sharing between Ubuntu and Windows.

IMO, an SSD is a good bet, but do yourself a favor and get at least 120GB, they are really cheap now (under $100 easy) and will give space for the OS, updates,and even core apps. An SSD will help with speed especially when booting but to me more importantly uses less power, is smaller, doesnt make any noise, and there are alternatives for connectivity like msata.
post #3 of 5
1. You will want to look into PXE and setting up your own PXE/DHCP Server

2. Samba works if you are using something like FreeNAS CIFS also works well.

3. SSD isn't really worth it as if it is a server you will only be booting it maybe a handfull of times the entire year.
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I use x2 60GB SSDs in RAID1 for my servers boot drive. Some think it's pointless, but I disagree. The increased I/O can really help with your page file/swap. It helps with more than just boot times, but it's kinda a personal preference thing.
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For one that should be possible, you can go about it a few different ways. If all the machines are exactly the same you just create an image of one and clone it to the others with something like clonezilla booted from PXE. The other thing is if you want a customized install, look in the Ubuntu wiki on how to install from PXE and use your custom install instead. Also someone mentioned that you need to set up a DHCP server, that's not necisarly true. If your router can use a custom firmware like DD-WRT you can tell it where to point for the PXE server.

For number 2 if you need Ubuntu/Windows file sharing samba would work best. If it was just Linux NFS would be faster but Windows doesn't support it much.
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