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hey all!

I was thinking to set up a home server to run maybe a game server (nothing intensive and not much) and some VoIP server(prolly vent/mumble/ts3). i figured using Windows server 2003 would be best(and easiest for a nab)? are there any other "easy to work with" OS that don't require that much juice?

then i got some questions about the pc itself. i got available an Athlon X2 6000+, M2N-SLI and 4gb of ram i could use or a Pentium 4(3.2ghz) with some mobo that miraculously is capable of doing SATA, 2gb of ram and a nvidia Mx4000 (i know its epic bad ). so i got 2 options.
either i use the pentium and be done with it or i could use the athlon which is obviously a faster pc but i would have to buy a gfx.

can the pentium handle server 2003 and a VoIP server?
is it even possible to do something like this?

i got a spare PSU and a 500gb hdd to put into it.

Thanx in advance!
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post #2 of 8
I am running Windows Server 2008 on an old computer that is a Pentium 4 2.6GHz with 1GB of RAM and it works just fine so your setup couldn't be any worse than that lol.

If you happen to have a student email check out Microsoft DreamSpark

This is how I got the 2008 for free to use.
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I go with the X2 option,you would need a gfx's card for the initial install (any will do),but after that you could pull it out and just RDP into the server.
 
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post #4 of 8
Server 2008R2 is also free on Dreamspark, if you have an email with a .edu

Server 2008R2 is built off of the same kernel as Windows 7, whereas Server 2008 is off of Vista...

Needless to say, R2 is a lot better, more efficient, more secure, and easier to use. It will almost certainly handle all of it.

Start without buying the GPU, if you need more power, grab a GPU
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First of all thank you all for your swift response

I am a student, but for some strange reason my university isn't listed in the list so thats where it ends it seems.
I will be going with the athlon than, since i can apparently just put in my current card(9800gtx+) and than run it without it after everything is set up if im correct? i am planning on buying a new gpu(prolly a gtx570/gtx560) soon so then i can have it in anyway.
i guess i will use the 2008R2, i can prolly get it somewhere or put some effort into it and get it free from dreamspark.

now i was wondering about the setup in my house. should i direct connect it with my router, and from the router to my pc. or from the server to both my pc and router? i am currently on wireless on my pc since the house layout is kind of weird and i wasn't really into getting a wire from my router to my room. would having only wireless connections work as well(as in wireless from pc to router, and wireless from home server to router?) also can anyone link me to like easy set up guides for 2008R2? thanx all again
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Originally Posted by punceh View Post
I am a student, but for some strange reason my university isn't listed in the list so thats where it ends it seems.
Don't let that discourage you from the free version I thought the same thing as my school was not listed, I just picked another school close and used my school email and they signed me up no problems...lol

I couldn't use 2008R2 as my old pentium was not 64 bit compliant and I didn't feel like going through everything to install it as 32bit since the normal 2008 is 32 bit based.

I can't help much with setup though as I am still figuring a lot of it out myself I've managed a shared drive mapped on my computers but that is about it and for some reason my newest computer won't map it...lol kinda random.
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post #7 of 8
It can be done (wirelessly).How fast/reliable it is,I would think depends on your router & nics and distances.And I'm sure if you dig a little,dreamspark supports your school.

You should be able to find all you need here setup,deployment etc...
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...8WS.10%29.aspx

Wireless.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/m.../gg597292.aspx
 
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Thank you all guys, but i realized that with the power draw, and the things i am going to use it for it isn't really worth it.
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