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There are many computers in the house, most of which are macs and 2 windows

I want to make a nas for one purpose: download movies/tv shows and be able to share them throughout the house to both windows and mac machines

dont want to back up
not stream
just file sharing

Nas4free or whatever seemed very complicated, i dont want to port forward or anything

Will windows 7 work fine? It just has to download movies and let me access them through any computer

Also, on a mac, how can i connect to a windows nas? do i need windows remote connection thingy or will it just show up under network connections
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/241978/how_to_build_your_own_network_attached_storage_system.html

That's the best I can come up with.

I just built a pfSense box as my router, and I'm looking myself to have a server with virtualization so I can run a NAS and pfSense in the same box.

EDIT: Also, opening ports for your internal network (not touching the internet) will do no harm.
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post #3 of 8
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"Will windows 7 work fine? It just has to download movies and let me access them through any computer"
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"Will windows 7 work fine? It just has to download movies and let me access them through any computer"

yes you could use win 7 or even win 8 if you wanted to use the storage space that it has. for adding drives to a NAS.

But I think you should look at windows home server 2011. it would fit perfect for what you want to do and it is just 59.00 and if you decide later you want to do more than file share you can and it works great for file sharing and is very easy to use. you can read more about it here http://www.wegotserved.com/category/home-servers/windows-home-server/
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Will Windows Home Server 2011 require any special setting up or can it be completely maintenace free that my technologically inept family can just access movies/shows on the NAS simply by opening the Network center thing on either the latest mac OS or Windows 7?

Also, how do I get a NAS running Windows home server to download shows/movies all day? Can
it run things like utorrent? Would I need special software to connect to the NAS and make it download or must the NAS be connected to a
monitor and have its own inputs
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Originally Posted by Yukla View Post

Will Windows Home Server 2011 require any special setting up or can it be completely maintenace free that my technologically inept family can just access movies/shows on the NAS simply by opening the Network center thing on either the latest mac OS or Windows 7?

Also, how do I get a NAS running Windows home server to download shows/movies all day? Can
it run things like utorrent? Would I need special software to connect to the NAS and make it download or must the NAS be connected to a
monitor and have its own inputs

With the Home server OS you can do all of that what you are basically doing is creating a file server. You can log into the server from another computer and use internet explorer just like you are on another PC. If you are considering this I recommend you read Windows Home Server 2011 Step by Step fromt he web site I gave you on the last page it will cost you 20 dollars but it is very easy to read and will take you step by step to building it and doing lots of things with it including what you want.

No the NAS or WHS (windows Home server) can be ran headless (without a monitor) from any other computer in the house by logging on as administrator.

Yes this is very simple to use my wife is inept and her and my daughter are able to watch movies from this. it is simple just like running windows but a lot more powerful.

you can even use it to push video and music to your phones, iPads or iphones...
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Thanks. A lot of articles talk about the death of Windows home server and how it is incompatible with Mac os x 10.7 or later because of "launchpad" file name similarity this is a major turn off unless its been fixed
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Thanks. A lot of articles talk about the death of Windows home server and how it is incompatible with Mac os x 10.7 or later because of "launchpad" file name similarity this is a major turn off unless its been fixed

Yes it is going to die but they will support it and provide updates for as long as they do for server 2007 R2 because it is based on the same core.

I am not sure about using Mac on it I know they dont always play pretty. but I also think they have Plug-ins that allow you to use Mac. The newest server system that took its place is Server 2012 Essentials and it is 500 dollars a copy. I am using the WHS in my home like I told you and I love it. But I am also building a new server that will use 2012 Essentials.

WHS is a good program to learn with as it only cost 60 dollars and if you do like it and want to stay with server software you can later upgrade to the newest server. they are good and bad to all of them, but as far as pushing video to pc's all over the house like you want to do and it being simple this is.

They start up their computer as as part of the start up it logs onto the server so you have all the files that you want to share right there. put a short cut on the desktop anything like this. it becomes like another drive or drives in windows..
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