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Home Server from old pc

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by Little Greek, Feb 14, 2008.

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  1. Little Greek

    Little Greek Thread Starter

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    Hello

    Need some help on converting an old pc to a home based sever, what do i need to do to the old pc os (which doesnt have one anymore) All my home pc are window base ,can i use linux as the server os. I have some kind of a idea, but any help would be great!

    Thanks for your time!
     
  2. JohnWill

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    For a small network, you can use Windows, your limited to 5 connections for XP-Home, and 10 for XP-Pro or W2K. You can also use Linux with SAMBA for a file server, and there are no connection limitations.
     
  3. net_newsy

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    hi!
    what do you mean when you say HOME SERVER?
     
  4. Little Greek

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    able to excess multi media and back up other pc on our network I guess an NAS, Which am reading more about.

    Thanks again
     
  5. Gtrplyraj

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    Do you want to do anything besides storage? If you want to run a LAMP server to have some intranet calendar or bulletin board then you can easily use Linux.

    If you just need storage for backup and multimedia then a NAS is easier to set up and uses less electricity but you could take your old computer, slap in a PCI dual SATA raid controller and run Linux with an FTP server (or Windows with a shared folder you can map as a network drive) on it if you want the protection of a redundant RAID hard drive set up.
     
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  7. net_newsy

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    NAS (Network-attached storage), right?

    I've heard of this FreeNAS and you might be interested on it
    http://www.freenas.org/


    At a Glance
    Lightweight BSD NAS distro with minimal hardware requirements and maximum features.

    Pros >>
    • Polished web-based configuration
    • Painless installation
    • Runs on anything supported by BSD
    • Good offering of network protocols

    Cons >>
    • No folder-level permission settings yet
    • Hardware and driver limited performance

    http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30179/75/


    ...dailycupoftech loves FreeNAS
    http://www.dailycupoftech.com/2006/11/29/freenas-week-ftp-server/
     
  8. JohnWill

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    FreeNAS runs on a full computer, if you're interested in power savings, one of the stand-alone NAS boxes will consume only a few watts on standby (when not being accessed), and 20-25 watts when operating.
     
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