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post #1 of 14
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Hello

Here's the problem

all the pc's in the house are windows 7 64bit ultimate (4) and wev'e got an old pc and are wanting to use it for a home server.I just want to know if a linux server will work with all the windows pc's?

Any and all advice is welcome cheers.
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post #2 of 14
Yep. What distro?
post #3 of 14
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Heres the specs pentium 4 3ghz, 2 gb ddr ram 400, 7200rpm 200gb hdd. we havent got any software yet but windows is to expensive so i was thinking that there must be a linux serever os.

What do you suggest i get?
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post #4 of 14
well what do you want to do with it? Home server with files? Like for an htpc or something?
post #5 of 14
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Nah wever got a htpc in the living room we want to be able to store and stream video audio files from it and if possible acces it from outside the home network (over the internet).
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post #6 of 14
You mean sharing file with linux like samba and if it works with windows
to access file into the server? YES, absolutely works 100%.



hth
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post #7 of 14
Yep it will work seamlessly and if you want to do file sharing than use Samba in Linux.

I have always used SuSe just perfect.
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by owenmod View Post
Nah wever got a htpc in the living room we want to be able to store and stream video audio files from it and if possible acces it from outside the home network (over the internet).

If you want to share you home server outside you have to configure
your router to accept incoming connections and do port forwarding
to the server you want to share.
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post #9 of 14
Homegroup works so good.I guess you simply want to keep this PC on Linux but with all PC's on Win 7 you could have a "share everything" homegroup setup in 10 minutes.Samba does work well for file/picture sharing.Setting up Samba was last weeks exercise and I think every student was able to complete the exercise .(I take a Linux Admin class,we are using Debian)
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post #10 of 14
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ok first off thankyou to you all (3). do i have to install linux as an operating system on the pc and then install samba as an applicartion or something im abit stupid so a bullet pointed guide would be good.X
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