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Windows 7: Building a low-end server

07 Nov 2010   #1
HonorGamer

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 
Building a low-end server

Alright,

I do not use desktops anymore, i have primarily switched to laptops(makes it harder to game, but easer to code XD). So i am turning my old desktop into a low-end server for basic storage and ect. Well I am in high school, and i go to a technical school for half the day for Computer Maintenance & Networking. So I am in one school for half the day, and I am in the other school for the other half. Since I am taking this class, I have free access so all versions of windows, and most Microsoft program. I am debating on whether I should put Windows Server 2008, or Windows 7 onto the server.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,
Gamer
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07 Nov 2010   #2
FullyLoadedMan

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit, Mac OS Snow Leopard 10.6
 
 

Have you had much experience with Ubuntu?

Server | Ubuntu
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07 Nov 2010   #3
Kari

 

I would most definetely go for Microsoft Home Server. Check the public preview of the latest version, codename "Vail" here: https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer

Kari
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07 Nov 2010   #4
HonorGamer

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote:
Have you had much experience with Ubuntu?
I have had tons of experience with Ubuntu, but this is just gonna be a server that isn't even gonna be on all the time.

And i will take a look at windows Home Server, never heard of it till now.
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07 Nov 2010   #5
ken9122

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
I would most definetely go for Microsoft Home Server. Check the public preview of the latest version, codename "Vail" here: https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer

Kari
I agree. Windows Home Server is a great product. Don't let the name "home" fool you.
WHS is based on Windows 2003 and 'Vail' on Windows 2008 R2 (which is in beta and requires 64bit).
There a lot of guides on the net on how to build a simple server from a older computer, and it makes a great learning project.
Ken
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07 Nov 2010   #6
HonorGamer

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

It does make a good side project. I have even though about taking to tech school with me one day, and seeing if anyone else wants to help me there. I think I am gonna try and work on it some more today. I will post if i need help.

Thanks,
Gamer
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07 Nov 2010   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What are you trying to accomplish? Do you want a server to store files and hold backups...or are you thinking of doing a server to learn more about server based technology.

If it's the former...then Windows Home Server would be a very good fit. If it's the latter, I would opt instead for Server 2008. You probably cannot do 2008 R2 on that older machine as it's 64-bit only.
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07 Nov 2010   #8
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
What are you trying to accomplish? Do you want a server to store files and hold backups...or are you thinking of doing a server to learn more about server based technology.

If it's the former...then Windows Home Server would be a very good fit. If it's the latter, I would opt instead for Server 2008. You probably cannot do 2008 R2 on that older machine as it's 64-bit only.
It looks I forgot this from my earlier recommendation. Windows Home Server Codename Vail is based on Server 2008R2, thus also needing an x64-system.

I'm sorry I forgot this very important piece of information.

Kari
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07 Nov 2010   #9
HonorGamer

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I am just gonna be using it for extra file storage since i only run on a laptop, and it is only 250 GB HDD in this laptop. It is an older machine so I might just have to use Windows Server 2003. Either that or Ubuntu.

I will simply be mapping it as a network drive, and going from there.

Thanks,
Gamer
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07 Nov 2010   #10
ken9122

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Well good luck and if you have questions were always here.

Ken
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