I'd like to get best-practice advice on how to setup a scheme where 250 users or more have OS independent access to their own data-dir / user-dir on a central server in the local network. from the server's perspective:
Would you set up a big /users dir on the server with subdirs for each user with quota, on one big partition (underlying fat storage, of course)?
Or would you setup a dedicated partition for each user living in a big ZFS, LVM disk pool?
Dirs would be shared over the network via SAMBA, NFS or probably WebDAV, HBA, aoE - not fully knowing what the latter do to the permission case...
What are the pros and cons of "dedicated partition" vs "permission based shared partition"? What's best practice today?