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Offline the kid

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« on: December 27, 2007, 01:01:32 AM »
any one know how big a computor I would need for a server for 4 or 5 computers ???
and how hard would it bee to set up ??what programes  do I need 
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Re: server
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2007, 02:56:32 AM »
Depends on what the purpose of the server is.
It sounds like you are trying to link some computers to the internet.
If that is all you are doing you don't need a server per se. You just need a router with DHCP.
One that can connect to you dsl / cable modem.

If you are doing something different you will need different items. There are lots of different types of servers.

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Re: server
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2007, 11:46:29 AM »
if you are trying to share files between computers you don't need a server...just set up a network with the existing computers and then add the files to the network connection.

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Re: server
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2007, 12:53:48 AM »
One server choice is Windows Home server, that is for sharing files and having backups.  I am about to start building one for myself.  Servers can do a lot of things and it largely depends on the task.  If you are interested in getting a gaming server, then you would need to get one with a better processor/memory, but if you were interested in a file server, then you wouldn't care what kind of processor you had, you'd just want a lot of hard drives.

For most uses, you would not need a very powerful server at all.  I could probably get a file server running just fine with a Pentium 3 or greater processor.  One thing you want to make sure, however, is that the server has a fast connection to the network.  You do not want to have anything slower then 100mbps, but you'd probably want 1gbps.  If you are trying to run an intranet, where the 4-5 computers would make requests to it through the browser, then you wouldn't need as fast of a connection.

Servers can be hard, or they can be easy.  You never know if everything is just going to work or if you will need to spend hours troubleshooting.  Running one of your existing computers as a server would be a lot easier then setting up a dedicated one.  But dedicated servers are so much nicer :D
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Re: server
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2008, 03:11:09 PM »
You can actually use almost any computer operating system as a server (for files, print serving, etc.). The main issue is the number of connections allowed. Windows XP Pro allows 10 connections which isn't many for a web server but is more than you need for home.

You can also get a free copy of Linux and use it. The hardware requirements are usually less as well. The issue there is Linux is not user friendly if you are not technical.

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