Over on this thread loads of people made helpful suggestions that I look into Proxmox. So I did and after a painful install experience I have a fully up-to-date version running on an old Mac mini to see how it goes.
This is a whole new world to me and I think I’m having to learn some new concepts.
My Mac mini has two physical hard drives, a 1TB and a 4TB (yes, you can - literally - squeeze a 4TB drive in ). Both drives had/have data on them. The 4TB was removed during the PVE installation. Obviously the 1TB is now the boot drive and all previous data destroyed. But when I look in the PVE GUI that disk appears to be 96% full. Which is not what I expected.
Here’s what I have.
NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 931.5G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 1007K 0 part ├─sda2 8:2 0 512M 0 part └─sda3 8:3 0 931G 0 part ├─pve-swap 253:0 0 7G 0 lvm [SWAP] ├─pve-root 253:1 0 96G 0 lvm / ├─pve-data_tmeta 253:2 0 8.1G 0 lvm │ └─pve-data 253:4 0 795.8G 0 lvm └─pve-data_tdata 253:3 0 795.8G 0 lvm └─pve-data 253:4 0 795.8G 0 lvm sdb 8:16 0 3.7T 0 disk ├─sdb1 8:17 0 200M 0 part └─sdb2 8:18 0 3.7T 0 part
If I want to leave that drive as the boot and store my data on another (the 4TB I need to get PVE to see and or show me that drive. So I think I need to add it using the shell. But - according to the interwebs - there appears to be more ways to add a HD to PVE than skin a cat. Some of the instructions or tutorials are unhelpfully undated so I’m not sure if up to date.
So the short question is: what’s the best way to get my 4TB into PVE. And is my 1TB drive really 96% full?
I’m assuming that I will create my WMs on the 4TB drive and install a Nerthserver or two there.