With disk space becoming less expensive (30GB IBM 7200rpm for $160 in 08/2000), it is now viable to use an Open Source software-based CD Server solution, instead of paying $800-$4,000 for a software, thin-server, or CD Jukebox solution.
I've setup my CD Server on a P120 with 64MB RAM, using one of these large drives.
This HOWTO is specifically directed toward System Administrators and uses Linux for the examples. It should work with other flavors of Unix provided that they have a loop device or a method of mounting a CD image file within the directory tree as a block device using the iso9660 file system.
The commands and utilities needed to setup your own CD Server are already included in most (if not all) Linux distributions.
Linux Distribution (This HOWTO uses Linux-Mandrake for the examples)
dd - Converts and copies a file (a standard Unix command)
mount - Mounts and Unmounts filesystems (a standard Unix command)
Samba - A Windows SMB/CIFS fileserver for Unix
NFS (optional) - Network File System (usually included in Linux distributions)
The Linux-Mandrake distribution I'm using (7.0), only has support for 8 loop devices compiled into the kernel (see Section 3 to increase this number). In short, you'll only be able to share 8 CD's on a network at most with this default value, to share more than 8, you'll need to do a little more work.
Using Samba by: Robert Eckstein, David Collier-Brown, Peter Kelly 1st Edition November 1999, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. ISBN 1-56592-449-5,
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