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    does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    I run a very small version of our school network at home.
    I have a cab with patch panel and rack switch.

    Print server, 2003 small bus server, intranet page.
    Used to run exchange, Roaming profiles, Group policy.
    Raid 1 hard disks.

    Would like to know your setups

    Am i the only one to have a server at home??

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    I don't have a DC server, just a small network with my mini-itx for NAS, XBox for films/music, 2 computers (one for photography/games and one for work, serving and storage) (used to be more) and a cheap printer server. I decided to simplify it down to this in order to tidy up everything.

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    Your not the only one

    2003R2 server RIS DHCP FILE/PRINT
    2000 server
    Red Hat Server DNS Firewall Content Filtering Intranet (sometimes a website)
    Media Server
    MCE PC
    CCTV Server
    Print Server
    XP Clients

    I use group policies, Roaming profiles, The entire house is networked with Cat5e although I do have a wireless router setup for my PDA.

    Its sad how we get so involved in our jobs, all the equipment has come 2nd hand along my career. To be honest I have loads of IT equipment I must sort it out and get rid of, things like Amiga 500, Spectrum 128, laser printers, unopened software NT4 workstation, Win95, XP Home etc etc my loft is full, and I must get rid of it soon because I should (fingers crossed) be in Oz in the next 6 - 8 months.

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    Quote Originally Posted by edie209
    Your not the only one

    2003R2 server RIS DHCP FILE/PRINT
    2000 server
    Red Hat Server DNS Firewall Content Filtering Intranet (sometimes a website)
    Media Server
    MCE PC
    CCTV Server
    Print Server
    XP Clients

    I use group policies, Roaming profiles, The entire house is networked with Cat5e although I do have a wireless router setup for my PDA.

    Its sad how we get so involved in our jobs, all the equipment has come 2nd hand along my career. To be honest I have loads of IT equipment I must sort it out and get rid of, things like Amiga 500, Spectrum 128, laser printers, unopened software NT4 workstation, Win95, XP Home etc etc my loft is full, and I must get rid of it soon because I should (fingers crossed) be in Oz in the next 6 - 8 months.
    where do you keep your servers?
    I've put my cab in the roof and the server in the office.

    I'd like to have an ISA server for firewall and caching and an FTP server/web server.

    The thing thats stopping me is the electricty bill that i'd get.

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    1x SmoothWall Advanced Firewall (on a £6 PC with a 50p(!) intel twin-port NIC)
    1x Fileserver on a VIA 533Mhz chip, running aged linux distro
    1x New fileserver, lacking HDs dual processor P3/500
    2 clients - my PC & G/f's laptop.

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    Yes, I have some pictures as well

    1x FreeNAS file server, 400GB/RAID5
    1x CentOS DNS/DHCP/Web/Torrent client/PXE server for GeeXbox

    About 3 or 4 client PCs, mixed Windows XP and Linux. The servers used to be in the garage but it was too damp so now they're under the stairs (sliding door has slats so helps with ventilation)

    If the house wasn't rented I'd have done a much better job of the cabling with 4 sockets in each room, but I make do with 2 ports on one run of cable :P

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    What do you use for your server software? I set up a test server using the server 2003 disk from school, used it for a weekend to test something then wiped the disk clean, would love a permanent setup to try things at home first but can't afford the os cost.

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    All I have is 3 client PCs for gaming running Vista and a server which is for nothing other than hosting games with. My work stops the moment my work day ends, at home I absolutely refuse to spend any time doing work stuff, its all gaming

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    Re: location - they're in the cellar in what was a coal cellar. Its remarkably dry, but when I had a 1u dell in there you could hear it through the floor in the kitchen. I sold that to a colleague - his wife now complains she can hear it in the bedroom as his rack is in the attic!

    Leccy is not *that* bad - as no monitors, and the FS is a VIA. May start running the firewall on Compact Flash to save power too.

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    I used to. These days I can't be bothered

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    I did when i was 16/17 . Now i just have 1 PC at home and my work laptop thats it, i'd rather not come home to a "mini work".

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    Quote Originally Posted by edie209
    Your not the only one

    2003R2 server RIS DHCP FILE/PRINT
    2000 server
    Red Hat Server DNS Firewall Content Filtering Intranet (sometimes a website)
    Media Server
    MCE PC
    CCTV Server
    Print Server
    XP Clients

    I use group policies, Roaming profiles, The entire house is networked with Cat5e although I do have a wireless router setup for my PDA.

    Its sad how we get so involved in our jobs, all the equipment has come 2nd hand along my career. To be honest I have loads of IT equipment I must sort it out and get rid of, things like Amiga 500, Spectrum 128, laser printers, unopened software NT4 workstation, Win95, XP Home etc etc my loft is full, and I must get rid of it soon because I should (fingers crossed) be in Oz in the next 6 - 8 months.
    let me know if you are selling the spectrum, i had one many years back and someone broke it, i still have the games and would love to test them out again!

    also i would be interested in buying the xp home licence for an old p3 pc i have put together!

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    I used to have the works and decided like others, its just not worth the hassle at home
    The last thing you want to do is come home and try to troubleshoot your own AD/DNS/ISA as well as the schools

    I do have a file server running Server 2003 but its literally just for storage and streaming to my xbox media centre
    Also have a few network points dotted about my room and a patch panel in the cupbaord but thats purely because I have so many things that need a LAN connection

    My main home PC is pretty beefy with 3GB RAM so I run virtual server on there and have a small test network if I need to test something out away from work - luckily I dont feel sad enough to use it often

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    I did have an extensive one ... mainly used as a test bed for my previous place ... but now I just a workgroup to allow my wife and I to share bits and pieces ...

    I do still do some testing at home but rely on virtualisation for this.

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    Re: does any one else run a network at home with servers?

    All family members (except the dog) have their own PC and I have another one on a KVM to play with (Currently got W2k3 server on it)

    Cable t'internet with a wireless router thingy.

    Got a PDA with wireless but don't use it much as running VNC on it is very flaky and unreliable.

    Run VMServer on my machine to play with things like Ubunutu/XUbuntu/Karoshi)

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