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post #1 of 46
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I have a dell pc and I want to convert it into a home server. I do not know how to do this. I will not need a lot of space and I am not 100% sure I will do this. If I do this I will do it in a few months. I currently have a Pentium 4 CPU and a 50GB HDD. I do not want to invest a lot of money in to this. I do not even need this server. I just would like to have it to help things.How do I do this? Thanks for your help in advance!
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What will the server actually DO for you? File hosting? Printer hosting? Emmm... something else?
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post #3 of 46
you could buy a couple of NIC cards and turn it into a hardware firewall / router with pfsense
http://www.pfsense.org/

save up for 1 - 2 HDDs and turn it into a NAS server and use freeNAS
http://www.freenas.org/

or use a linux server distro such as SuSu, Debian or centOS and maybe use it as a small webserver for example smile.gif
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post #4 of 46
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Originally Posted by RedStapler View Post

What will the server actually DO for you? File hosting? Printer hosting? Emmm... something else?

It would do hold files so any PC in the LAN could get the file, but that sounds like it is exactly like an external HDD that plugs into your router does and I would just like to have a server I could have do a random task for me (I do not know any random tasks).
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post #5 of 46
Stu has good ideas here. I also love the idea of setting up a Boxee HTPC one day. Might be fun! thumb.gif
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post #6 of 46
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Originally Posted by stubass View Post

you could buy a couple of NIC cards and turn it into a hardware firewall / router with pfsense
http://www.pfsense.org/
save up for 1 - 2 HDDs and turn it into a NAS server and use freeNAS
http://www.freenas.org/
or use a linux server distro such as SuSu, Debian or centOS and maybe use it as a small webserver for example smile.gif

Yeah I vote for freenas personally. It's always good to have some kind of central file storage, and/or backup. FreeNAS is incredibly easy to use too.
post #7 of 46
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Yeah I vote for freenas personally. It's always good to have some kind of central file storage, and/or backup. FreeNAS is incredibly easy to use too.

and it sounds just like what the op would like thumb.gif

also OP if you decide on a NAS server and use freeNAS, install freeNAS on a USB thumb drive and boot it of the USB drive.. this is becuse if you instal freeNAS on a HDD, the reat of that HDD becomes unusable for file storing thumb.gif
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post #8 of 46
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What are the types of popular servers, because I don't know anything about servers I just know about gaming PCS? What is a low intensity task for my 8 year old Dell?
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post #9 of 46
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Originally Posted by Ted Muffin View Post

What are the types of popular servers, because I don't know anything about servers I just know about gaming PCS? What is a low intensity task for my 8 year old Dell?

NAS for back up and file serving thumb.gif
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post #10 of 46
If you game and have decent internet upload speeds you could look into turning it into a voice chat server ala teamspeak or mumble. If you play minecraft it would be useable as a small personal minecraft server. All good ideas in this thread but you have to have a duty in mind for your "server" to serve. biggrin.gif
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