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post #1 of 17
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So my father travels a lot for business and he needs some kind of a server he can access from anywhere in the world. I shall also access it for storage. We will be putting it in our home.

I don't know much about servers and cloud storage so I need some assistance. With $250 what could I get that would perform these tasks? I already have 2 hard drives so the $250 should just be for the server. What about a NAS? Basically what would be appropriate in this situation?
post #2 of 17
Server wise, I know that Microsoft Home Server runs you a license fee of around $100 bucks...if it hasn't changed recently. However, it obviously doesn't play well with non Window's machines so if you have a Mac consider NAS. It is obviously great because it's free but definitely not as user friendly as MHS.

Any old parts will do, I have my home server set up in an old Dell case and a few HDD's. Best of luck to you and your dad.
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Well, I have Windows Server 2008 R2 already. I am assuming that would work too?
post #4 of 17
a cheap synology 1, 2 - 4 bay, very user friendly
http://www.synology.com/index.php?lang=default

great feature set as you can see in the link.. which model you would go for depends on budget..
to give you an idea on pricing
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=synology&x=22&y=10

but remeber you have to buy the drives as well smile.gif

or build or resue a rig with your win server 08r2 or run it in virual box on a rig thumb.gif
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post #5 of 17
Like stubass said, you can either buy a rig or build your own. The Synology way would be the easiest way since you wouldn't have to build anything. You can use your win server 08 since you already have it. I've never used a Synology server myself, but I have seen them in action at work and they do work well.
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post #6 of 17
Do you really want it in your home? If you're travelling, I would imagine a reliable service would be more important. No worse thing than on day 2 it going down whilst you are away from home. At least with a managed service they would maintain it.
post #7 of 17
With your budget & needs I'd go with something like this(pic). You won't need a lot of power etc for this plus this setup would allow you to expand in the future if need be. You didn't mention that you'd require a case so I'm assuming you have that already taken care of.But if you do need a case it's still within your budget. As for OS Linux with Samba would do all you need,all you or your father would need to do is configure the VPN aspect of the server(Plenty of guides on this).The same goes for Win 08R2

Amahi is another free alternative that come with a default VPN setup and other programs that you guys might find useful.Windows Home Server v1 or 2011 would also fill the void,2011 can be found for under $50 bucks atm and doesn't require much configuring . This might be the better option if your not all that high on using Linux.

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post #8 of 17
^ pretty basic set up, I'm thinking of setting up another server and that's a nice build on a budget thumb.gif

Also, WHS 2011 for around $50 is a steal, last I looked it was running around $110 with tax.
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post #9 of 17
For 24/7 unattended servability = Synology [or another high quality NAS]

Low power requirement, stand-alone, expandable, online interface "easy on dad"

Windows home server, has to be one of the poorest written OS's to ever creep from
under the darkest of rocks. There's several Linux distro's that would make for a far
better experience if you were to build your own box. [for free BTW]
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post #10 of 17
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Thanks for the suggestions people. Starting to get a lot of information now.

What do you guys think about those online cloud services? Like the ones you pay like $70 a year for and you can store like 5TB of Data.
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