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Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials

By : Piotr J Kula
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Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials

By: Piotr J Kula

Overview of this book

There’s no end to what you can do with a Raspberry Pi – it makes a huge range of tech projects possible. This book shows you how to transform it into a multipurpose web server, able to store and manage resources that lets you build some truly innovative and impressive computing creations. You’ll learn how to use your Raspberry Pi 2 to host a website using a range of different languages, host a game server, store files, and run everything from a media center to a cloud network. If you want to take control of your technological world, start building your own server and find out what’s possible with the Raspberry Pi microcomputer. Begin by getting your Pi set up – follow each step as the book shows you how to prepare a network and configure the additional features that you’ll need to build your projects. Once you’ve done this you’ll dig a little deeper and set up your pi as a file server, making sure it’s built for speed using a range of different tools, including Python, Node.js and ASP.NET. Following this the book shows you how to extend your server to allow you to host games, and stream live HD video before customizing it even further to create a fully-fledged media center. It doesn’t stop there however – the book then dives into the exciting world of the Internet of Things (IoT). You’ll learn how to install Windows IoT onto your Raspberry Pi, the operating system that’s driving embedded software projects all around the world. Once you’ve done this you’ll be ready to explore IoT further, as the book shows you how to use your device to host a cloud network that can form the basis of a wider IoT project.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Listing the available drives

In the console, you can use the fdisk command to get a list of drives, and partitions as shown in the following command line:

sudo fdisk –l

The fdisk command will show you the names of the disks used in Linux, their full sizes, and partitions. The drive under /dev/mmcblk is the internal SD card, and you do not want to do anything with this device. Instead, you should always look for drives marked /dev/sdxn, where x is usually an letter representing a physical drive and n is a number representing the partitions of the device in ascending order.

Unfortunately, device names are not assigned in any particular order, and there is no guarantee that the same name will be used for the same drive. This can become a problem when you start to use two or more hard drives. The partition numbers never change, though, and they represent the exact order in which the partitions were created.

The following screenshot shows that the USB flash drive has come up as the /dev/sda device...