Can you help advise me about setting up a home server with an old desktop PC?

KnooKie_uK November 20, 2012
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I have an old desktop computer and rather than let it collect dust I thought it might be a nice idea to set it up as a home server so people at home can share files. Can someone suggest a good guide for setting this kind of thing up?

Do all connected machines need the same version of Windows? What should I use as the server software? Are there any hardware constraints I might want to consider?

Many thanks.

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  1. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    December 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    The product mentioned @ the preceding link here: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/software/103539/freenas-review/ and here: http://www.freenas.org/

  2. Jorge Yort Rosal
    November 28, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Hello KnooKie,

    To set-up a new network with different versions of software windows would not be a problem. Please refer some tutorials posted below. You may find it helpful for your situation.

  3. Adam Campbell
    November 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    You mentioned that it is an old Desktop PC, depending on how old it is I would install a headless Linux server. It takes skills with the command line so if you aren't that good with it just install a copy of ubuntu and set up network shares

  4. Rob de Koter
    November 22, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Win XP will do and is easy to set up, linux is ideal but far more difficult

  5. John Brenner
    November 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Paul Girardin, If Make Use Of would let me like your post I would. I didnt even know I wanted to do this and your post has my attention. THANKS!

    • Paul Girardin
      November 22, 2012 at 7:00 am

      You're welcome John!

      Just glad I could help people out there!

      In my book, when you know something, it pays to share!

      Have a nice one ;)

      • Paul Girardin
        November 22, 2012 at 7:01 am

        When I say it pays, I don't mean money, of course :D

  6. ha14
    November 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm
  7. techberth
    November 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm
  8. Douglas Mutay
    November 21, 2012 at 9:36 am
  9. SWAPNIL DESHMUKH
    November 21, 2012 at 2:25 am

    You should refer make use of "Connected: Your Complete Guide To Home Networking" by Matt Smith.

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