Building a FILE SERVER...what do you recommend?

  • Kap-Vu
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I want to build a file server but never really built one before.

I'll be using it as a giant hard drive for 2 desktop and a labtop. I want to be able to access it over the internet so...i'm not sure what hardware i should use.

Any recommendation?

processor, motherboard, etc...


thanks :lol:
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Just pick up a cheap computer with lots of hard drive space.
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Utilizing Windows 2003 Server you can do Remote Administration over LAN, WAN or the internet.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2 ... admin.mspx

This will give you access to the server and you can do whatever it is you need to do while logged in.
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Well, if your going for a budget file server that wont have many PC's using it then get a low end old 478 Celeron with a good 478 motherboard that has at least 4 SATA ports. Fill these ports with 300Gb hard disks in Raid 0+1, this will give you 400Gb of failsafe speedy storage. Then install windows server 2003 of a good linux distro. This will give you a pretty efficent file server which should suit all of your needs.
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Kap-Vu wrote:
I want to build a file server but never really built one before.

I'll be using it as a giant hard drive for 2 desktop and a labtop. I want to be able to access it over the internet so...i'm not sure what hardware i should use.

Any recommendation?

processor, motherboard, etc...


thanks :lol:


As for your giant HDD, I'll recommend an external 1.6TB HDD. A server?

CPU: AMD Opteron 854
Mobo: ASUS SK8V
OS: Windows Server 2003 Exange Server
Video card: At least a 128MB industrial type video card. I'd say a 3Dlabs 640MB RAM Video
Memory: If it's a huge server: 32GB RAM. If it's a giant, well, 64GB RAM is OK
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Why would you recommend Exchange for a file server?
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Just any old cheap comuter will do, depending on how important uptime is. If it's just for your own home network just make sure it has the specs required to run your OS of choice.

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