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  • NO LVM: No need to use LVM (if you know what that is). That may help once we have support for it, however, for the time being, it complicates things sometimes (unless you know what you are doing).
  • One partition: Use a single partition for the root directory and one for swap (or if you know how to make swap to a file after install, just one partition will do).
  • Home : No need for a special home partition unless you have needs outside Amahi.
  • Static IP: Use a statically configured IP address: with subnet mask, typically. Remember to also jot down other network settings such as gateway and DNS server IP addresses before you start.
  • SSH access: For debug and for advanced users only, some people enable ssh through the routers, and forwarding it the ssh port in your HDA
  • Set it to Runlevel 3 to conserve resources.
  • Media drives: if you want media in separate drives, set them up to mount in /var/hda/files (or subdirectories of that directory, music/ movies/, etc.)
  • Greyhole drive pooling If you want to use Greyhole to pool your storage space, have a look at the Greyhole Guide.

Running Headless

To run headless (no keyboard monitor or mouse):

  • You may want to not start graphics (see Runlevel 3 above)
  • It's up to your BIOS to not complain if there is no keyboard. You have to set it that way
  • Plan for power failures. Some BIOSes also will restore power a) always, or b) to the last state (if it was on it will power it on, if not it will not power it on). Do what you want depending on your circumstances

The way to test this is like this:

  • Set your settings per the above
  • Boot without a keyboard and *with* monitor
  • Power up like that. Make sure it powers up fine
  • When all it's good, remove the monitor
  • If you are brave, simulate a power failure by yanking the power cord. Then replace it.

To access the server, use ssh and VNC, and maybe remote desktop.