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Hey so currently i have a few computers at home and sharing can be a pain, also media streaming to the xbox is awkward at times so i believe a home sever to file share music movies and tv shows would be the solution, but i like the idea of having my information available where ever i got so i was also thinking about setting it up as a ftp for direct file downloads.

But i don't know enough about what is available to make a decision about what to do. I really like the idea of having a computer that runs all the information as well so both my self and my gf can access the files


Currently i have a set up like this i drew a quick picture:
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The idea here is the xbox shares the media, that was easy but it requires my pc to be on, my wireless card is good engough that it doesn't cause me to lag in bf3 or other games that i play when sharing. but it prevents me from restarting with out interrupting the stream.

I got my mac connecting by using the connect to address mac side and logging into the local ip but i can't get the user name to log in windows side.

When i boot over i get windows to log in fine and I've mapped the network drives so it works as is

the apple router i got for free and works but if i had a sever having the printer plugged straight into it would be best i assume.





Also i wouldn't mind building a sever because i enjoy trying to make everything work efficiently and i believe its the best solution to my problem.


Any ideas on what i should am for or if just a second windows 7 pc with lesser specs and alot more hdd space be my best choice then.
I assume i could just run it off the network after the set up and run it via remote desktop. But would i need more then home premium to do that (current os on my pc).

Also i do like the idea of having my data shared when i'm not at home but i do realize i need some sort of encryption or pass wording to prevent my pc from having its stuff stolen.


Any ideas on what i should aim for would be great, or other resources to start learning more about this. I'm also really like the idea of having a crazy looking set up like a saw a few threads back on a shelving unit, just not that extreme to start. Hopefully 1 day.

I also have a old Xbox, original and a old 360 that work don't know if i can do anything with them.
Edited by Hursty - 2/8/12 at 1:17pm
 
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Heads UP!

Hilarious title is hilarious! (making a sever).
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I have been very happy with FreeNas. It can run on nearly any old crappy pc providing it has a usb port for the OS, which only needs a 2 GB usb stick. If the pc you dig up to run it doesn't have sata ports, no problem, pick up a cheap pci sata card and you're ready to rock. I use it for media and back up as well.
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Well maybe i can get some of the old work pcs they throw out. we have a few pallets on the way out soon i believe no hard drives but i have some. kicking around. But I'll probably be upgrading to IVY bridge this summer so maybe I will just use my sandy eventually to run the set up. so it won't be that slow.\

Would it be able to share to an Xbox 360?
 
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I've been loving Windows Home Server 2011, amazing media streaming capabilities, full web-based file server for all your shared folders, can create different accounts with varying levels of access to the shared files, and automated back-up of all computers connected to it.
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I went with Win7. It gives me so many more options going forward and was an absolute walk in the park to config. Various bits of server software are installed as services aswell as download clients and RSS readers to automate downloads. I run the unit as headless and simply VNC in from my macs or gaming rig or...........my iPad biggrin.gif In the first few days of setting up a new Win7 machine you have the inevitable update cycles meaning machine resets but once your through that it will just sit there and run in the background. I went with an i3 540 as I got a good deal on a 2nd hand bundle. There are of course cheaper and there are of course lower powered builds. Ultimately you need to find the balance between grunt and power consumption as there is no need to have a really high bills for a server each month.
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Currently where i live electricity is not a concern, i pay every other month and it costs me less then 30 usually. i had one 35$ bill but that was Nov and dec and i actually used the heater for once. Which is why i'm not worried about having a power hungry set up.

So from the suggestions

freenas - is well free
windows home sever is -300-500$
and win 7 is -100-200$

So other then the cost are there really any huge differences between the 3 types? will i still be able to file share, to other local computers, set up remote file sharing like if i wasn't at home. That is the primary function i probably will explore other more complex functions once i have something to work with I've noticed things like IRC clients and hosting my own email domain as interesting things to do.
 
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crazy its cheaper then windows 7? just weird it wasn't available on the Canadian page.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ZFedora View Post

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416443

Windows home server is not $300-$500

Exactly, WHS 2011 is only $50, and super easy to set up for everything, in my mind the $50 is well worth the time you would otherwise be setting up a web interface for file-sharing, unless you just did FTP which requires ports to be open for FTP which some public places disable (Like my work for instance, so web-based interface with built in video streaming is great)
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