Ok all seems to be going well and Windows Server 2012 seems like a nice operating system for a server It took me almost 5 days to get it working properly, still yet to get a NIC and a Gigabit switch so network speed isn't so fast, but its a lot better now since I discovered the Gigabit port on my router.
I've heard Windows Server 2012's built in firewall is really good, is this true? I believe it's locked off most ports itself, I had to assign applications and ports to get the server to take incoming connections such as hosting Minecraft and soon to be Cube World. (I dont like Cube World's port, it's 12345 and possibly the most generic port ever, could this compromise security?)
I'm running this server as a file server to stream movies, videos and music and also to host games like Minecraft, Cube World and Garry's Mod and I don't want to compromise the security of my network and the files that are on the server itself, I only host for people I know and or their friends and people they know, PFSense seems to be a really powerful software firewall but before I get PFSense I want to know if my server at it's current state is safe and secure, I'm using SMB sharing which I've heard is supposed to add extra security to file sharing.
I'm planning on getting some NICs for VMs and PFSense, I'll be running FreeNas and PFSense VM's, struggling to get FreeNas to work properly as the keyboard input is refusing to allow me to enter anything so i cant even install it (lol)
I was going to order a switch and NIC the other day but one of the things I was ordering was unavailable so I didnt order anything
I've had my eye on this
5-port TP-Link Gigabit switch.
And also this
Trendnet Gigabit switch.
I've had a look into Gigabit switches but I'm not entirely sure about what specs make these Gigabit switches better than another, apparently the TL-SG1005D (TP Link switch) has 9Kbytes Jumbo frame and 16Gbps switching capacity and people are reporting that this allows it to be capable of transferring large files, whilst the TP-Link switch has 10GBps forwarding capacity, not sure if switching and forwarding are the same thing, they both have 9Kbytes jumbo frame I only require a 5 port switch at the moment and my price range for the switch is 10-15 since I'm planning on getting one or two NICs
My wireless connection to the router isnt so fast with windows reporting the link speed close to 43-ish mbps, could a wireless repeater close to my computer speed this up? It saves me from running Ethernet around the house, I know I wont get full Gigabit speed from this but I don't mind, as long as it's over 10Mbps for my computer I'll be satisfied.Edited by TopicClocker - 7/31/13 at 7:24am