After watching Chase Jarvis in this video, and reading the related blog post: Chase Jarvis TECH: Complete Workflow and Backup for Photo + Video , I got inspired to jump on this and work on a project to turn my old Linux box into a super duper Mac file server… Yes, this blog explains how I now use my old Linux machine as a full blown Mac file server!
So if Chase Jarvis ever stops by to see how I do things.. it looks like I have a totally fancy Apple XServe raid machine running in my shop, until I show him the closet…
I followed this article to get my Linux box up and running and looking like an Apple XServe server:
HowTo: Make Ubuntu A Perfect Mac File Server And Time Machine Volume
After setting all this up, I added more space to the server (it only had a 40Gb harddrive, used for small development projects, and staging area for my website) and I created a couple of additional volumes that would be mountable from my Powerbook.
I added the following components to my server (an old Sony Vaio Pentium 4 PC):
Now my workflow (using Mac OS X 10.4.11, so no Time Machine) is:
- Import the photos into the Aperture 2 library (using referenced files)
- Before making ANY changes, backup the library to the server
- Make a backup to an external harddrive
After working on the photos on my computer, I back them up to the external harddrive, to a seperate Working folder, and this folder gets backed up to the server as well, so at this point I have multiple copies of the same images:
2 copies of the originals (1 copy on the server, 1 copy on the external harddrive) that are not to be touched anymore
3 copies of the working files (1 copy on my laptop, 1 on the external harddrive, 1 on the server)
After I am done working on the files completely and the project is delivered, there will be 2 copies of the final files, 1 on the external harddrive, one on the server, and 2 copies of the original files (1 on the external harddrive, and one on the server)
The laptop will be cleared and prepared for the next project!
I am still working on a budget, but safe solution for offsite storage of the files, and I’ll post another blog whenever that comes up.
1 Sony Vaio PC running Ubuntu Linux with 4TB of storage (only 2Tb gets actively used, the other 2Tb is an exact copy in case of harddrive failure)
1 External Harddrive (Seagate 1TB firewire drive)
1 Powerbook G4 15″ (yes.. she still gets the job done very well!)