We have a central instance of smbd that we allow users to have home directories on, as well as project specific shares. It’s a beefy ZFS on Linux instance that we call “tank” in reference to Jeff Bonwick’s discussion of the humble ZFS beginnings within Sun. We run a backup strategy between it and a couple other trailing-mirrored instances that we’ve positioned around the facility. We have a desire to be able to review everything a user did in terms of interaction with tank. This can be accomplished via something called a “Stackable VFS Module”.
As our digital legacies continue to grow with advanced capture systems, its important to consider taking some control over assuring how that legacy is perpetuated. There are many enterprise grade technologies that are within easy reach of the individual who wants to start building out their home lab. Rather than send monolithic emails to people who inquire about this topic it seemed more appropriate to write out my opinions openly, and maintain them as more experience is gained. This is written from the approach of accomplishing this task 'properly' as I personally see it. People have different initial objectives when considering this project. I'll focus exclusively on storage and backup while ignoring things like streaming/trans-coding, or acquisition.