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Right, my lovely parents have bought me a pc for crimbo. Now the question is what to do with ...
1st December 2008, 11:38 AM #1
Home server software
Right, my lovely parents have bought me a pc for crimbo. Now the question is what to do with my current one. It's currently running XP, a bit old, but it still a decent machine.
I dont know whever to leave it with XP or install some sort of server OS.
someone told me about Amahi, any other suggestions?
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1st December 2008, 11:40 AM #2
What do you actually want to do with it? File serve or set up a domain? You could even set it up as a NAS drive using FreeNAS
Originally Posted by Little-Miss
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Little-Miss (1st December 2008)
1st December 2008, 11:48 AM #3
I know what I'd do (Debanize it) but that may not be the answer you want...
What are your goals with turning it into a server?
1st December 2008, 11:54 AM #4
Originally Posted by Tx2online
Hmm, was thinking file server i think....got one laptop i'll want to connect and at xmas my boyfriend will be having a Xbox 360 so i will want to take advantage of its Media server bit.
1st December 2008, 11:59 AM #5
I think FreeNAS then, put a large hard disk in and you can share files to other computers and to your XBOX. It also has a bittorrent client so you can download files straight to your fileserver.
1st December 2008, 12:05 PM #6
Excuse my ignorance....you'd what it?
Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey
1st December 2008, 12:08 PM #7
1st December 2008, 12:15 PM #8
1st December 2008, 12:22 PM #9
You could also have a look at Windows Home Server. The primary market is pre-built machines but you can buy a 'System Builder' install disk to roll your own from a spare machine. I have a machine running it at home and it works brilliantly. The backup system in particular is outstanding.
It does take a little bit of tweaking to get the Media Sharing to work with the 360 but I know it's been done.
1st December 2008, 01:43 PM #10
I've just remembered that because of the Microsoft courses ive sat i can get some M$ software for free the server OS's being some of them. Could stick server 2k3 or 2k8 on and train myself while im at it!
1st December 2008, 01:51 PM #11
IMHO if you arnt familiar with *nix then you shouldnt be using it at home for something like that. Well my way of thinkin is once i get home i want it all to work without having to think about it too much. Maybe you will get it going perfectly, i dunno... Anyway, another vote for freenas if that is what you want to do.
Whats wrong with XP? Only problem i can see with it is the limit of 10 con-current users but theres only 2 of you...
(Im fairly familiar with *nix so my opinion doesnt stem from ignorance)
1st December 2008, 01:59 PM #12
Do a fresh XP install using a streamlined copy with all the rubbish taken out and unnecessary services disabled - NLite is ideal for this. As others have said, 10 concurrent connections issue isn't going to be a problem on a home LAN.
For the 360, I'd highly recommend using TVersity - TVersity - Home - over trying to use WMP or the extender for sharing. It's one of the best bits of free software I've come across in a long time! Handles transcoding (pretty much realtime on decent hardware) and enables playing a lot more formats on your 360, plus has great organisational tools etc if you have a large media collection.
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1st December 2008, 02:00 PM #13
OT slightly, but that right there is why I stopped building my own machines and now buy Dell with a 4-year warranty. I just can't be bothered doing my day job at home any more!
Originally Posted by j17sparky
1st December 2008, 02:10 PM #14
And that's why I use osx on macbooks and ubuntu on my main pc at home - there's always something bl@@dy going wrong with windows and I want something at home that just works - I don't want to be doing my day job at home either. Windows, in any variation - is a pain in the a$$.
1st December 2008, 02:26 PM #15
I so wish i had done that. I think my motherboard has something wrong with it, causing it to crash all the time (even before loading an OS). I say think because i cant prove what it is as it only starts playing up after around 30hours of being switched on and will take another hour or 2 to play up again after you have powered down for a few minutes.
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