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turning a PC into a dedicated server?
« on: May 26, 2008, 10:03:03 pm »
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anyway, so my parent are buying themselves a dell laptop sometime soon and with nothing to do with the old PC they have, i thought it'd be cool to use it for storage/server type stuff. the specs are modest for its time, so its powerful enough.
i'm just wondering, what sort of software do i need to turn this thing into a decent server/LAN storage device? any help would be mucho appreciated! [:

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Re: turning a PC into a dedicated server?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2008, 10:30:40 pm »
It really depends on how advanced you wanna go. Either just keep it running windows and get a ftp-server (bftpd or the likes) and possibly a webserver.. apache works fine under windows.. or go full linux/unix.

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Re: turning a PC into a dedicated server?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2008, 10:36:59 pm »
We (me and my flat mates) have a server running Ubuntu Server Edition, using Samba for file storage and CUPS for printing. It also hosts our Wiki and some other intranet stuff, and plays music via MPD.

It used to be a 500 MHz P3 with 256MB RAM, but recently we upgraded to a 1400+ with 1GB (which is quite a bit more than we need at the moment).

I have to add that Ubuntu Server is not as comfortable and smooth as Ubuntu Desktop - it installed just like the alternate Ubuntu CD, but afterwards I was pretty much on my own. So it feels more like Debian, just with newer packages. (Not a problem for me since i've set up more Debian server before)
Before trying Ubuntu we were running Fedora, which was easier to set up but caused some problems afterwards.

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Re: turning a PC into a dedicated server?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2008, 11:34:24 pm »
It really depends on your skill with computers and how much experience you have with running Linux.

I would recommend running a standard WinXP OS, with an app like XAMPP installed, this app then takes care of everything server related, and gives you everything you'll need to run a web/ftp server. The file server stuff is already integrated in XP (Shared Folders, just remember to activate the guest account and set everything up for that) and FTP can also do the job through windows web places. Printer support is integrated as well, and needs no oter config other than right clicking the installed printer and clicking "Share".

I myself have an AMD AthlonXP 1700+ running Windows Server 2003 (MSDNAA is the shit!) and XAMPP, and it works wonderfully. Coupled with DynDNS and RealVNC and everything setup to run as services, It practicly runs itself, I don't even need to log on.

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Re: turning a PC into a dedicated server?
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2008, 04:43:42 am »
It also depends on what you run on your other computers. If there are only Windows machines on your network, a Windows server is okay. But when most of your machines run Linux or something else, a Linux server might be your choice.

If you've never used Linux before, maybe setting up a small storage server on a machine that's not really needed is a good opportunity to experiment a bit and learn something about it.
On the other hand, if you just want it to work, use whatever you already know and are comfortable with.