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post #1 of 19
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I always see people saying, "I think I'll use this old rig for a server" or something like that. I'm really curious what a server does exactly, and why people would need to have one in their home.

Please enlighten me.
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post #2 of 19
When you have over 1TB of media it's nice to be able to access it from anywhere and control content trafic. I also use my server for forwarding my media to my PS3 with a DLNA configuration.

and also...

BECAUSE IT'S COOL!!!
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post #3 of 19
to server a printer, serve files, serve whatever service you would want on your network
post #4 of 19
lets see....you can

centralize your storage, use it as a media center, remote access point, email server, heavy torrent seeding, security monitoring for home...jeez so many things

I can't list them all lol.
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post #5 of 19
I've mine for the sharing of media,files,storage without eating up my hdd space and it keeps back ups of 2 pc's on the network.They are pretty easy to setup and it's a way to make use of old hardware that you have laying around.
post #6 of 19
A server is just a computer dedicated to a specific task(s).

I currently a WHS server that handles backups, remote access, stream music, media storage/sharing. I am using another PC to build server that will be my router.
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post #7 of 19
Also in relation to gaming, the server would allow family and friends access to a centralized hub to game, even when the owner is not home and has his gaming computer off. It eliminates a lot of phone calls to try to determine who will run a server and who is playing etc...
 
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post #8 of 19
Wow, your question really is to general. In the wonderful world of computers, networks, and the internet their are in general two types of systems, servers and clients. Servers provide services of which the clients are the consumers. The services that the servers provide is only limited by the imagination of the programmer, nearly anything is possible. In fact most servers are also clients to some other server(s), and even your computer can be a server, even if you don't know it. If you share a printer, file, an internet connection, your iTunes library with other computers on your network then your computer is a server. Common uses among the Overclock.net population would be a file server, game server, web server, backup server, ftp server, e-mail server, ventrillo/teamspeak server, or any combination of those and many more.
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post #9 of 19
Damn its a wonderful world we live in. How many computers do you have in your house and how much do you game. A home server should be a pretty cheap endevour mainly because you dont need high end parts. its mainly a computer with a crapload of storage and 2 nic's.

Oh yeah and if its going to be a real server FTP/backup/files ETC. look into Ubuntu server. Its free and fairly easy to use.
Edited by HouseJhereg - 12/12/08 at 11:31am
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It's such a foreign concept to me, but it seems really cool that you can use your old rig instead of it becoming completely obsolete. I'll look into it some more.
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