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I have a Dell Optiplex 160 that I would like to turn into a simple file server. The main use would be to a centralized place where my roommates and I can store and share our music along with some video and pictures.

The Optiplex is basically a laptop placed inside a desktop case. It contains an Atom processor, 1GB of ram, and a notebook hard drive.

I thought about using Linux but am not very fluent with it. What would you guys recommend using as on OS? Windows 7 is currently installed.

If possible, I would like to set up in a way where I don't necessarily need a dedicated monitor and can just leave running.

Thanks for the help!
    
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Linux would be best on older hardware, however windows 7 stripped down and running the bare stuff you need would be more then fine, once it's setup and given a static IP address on the network you won't have to the monitor etc connected. Just remote in when you need something done and then once you're finished close the remote connection. And then just have a couple of folders shared that get mapped when you login. Nice and easy.

Very simple to do and there are ton's of guides if you run into trouble as well.
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Thanks for the advice! I am going to try and play around with Linux a bit a see if I can get everything figured out. I also have a copy of Windows Server 2008. How do you think that would fare for this application?
    
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If you just want it as a file sharing server, don't change anything...
Just set up the shares you want...good to go...smile.gif
I expect the machine is working with win7?
If you have other services you want to run on it, (backup, torrents)
I would look into linux, winXP or win2K or WHS
My own preference is XP Pro, as this is currently my "Server OS".
Not so different from win2K, but a little more Plug & Play.
Xp runs just fine on Atoms, but the more features you add to your server,
the more CPU intensive it gets.
The Atom CPU is not popular for being a great multitasker....but for low power consumption...smile.gif

My recommendations for your server is:

- Get 1 or 2 USB disks for sharing & backup
- Install XP Pro (nLited version if possible) Go Linux if you want to learn something new.
Ubuntu works for most people
- Check if machine has gigabit or 100megabit NIC (Change or add gigabit if possible)
- Turn hibernation & sleep mode off
- Talk to your friends about features wanted on the server.
Consider hardware accordingly (++)

A small dual core matx system, would kick ass compared to Atom.
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if you want something simple that just works stick with windows 7. setup is real easy and because you're not doing anything intensive the atom should be powerful enough under windows.
if you want more efficiency from your server go with linux. there is unlimited customization for your server and plays nice with everything you could stream to.

also what gizmoronimo said
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Maybe want to increase the RAM depending on how many people will be accessing it at the same time or the size of the files. Will you be streaming media content from it at all?
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