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Old 11-10-2007, 06:00 PM   #1
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hey guys
my quad core should be coming 2 morrow and with ll this extra cpu power
i was thinking of setting all the computers in my house up like a server system like the ones i use at school
someone give me an idea on how 2 do this?
also do i need 2003 windows server or will vista/xp be fine
cuz if i need it im sure i could acquire one
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you will need server 03, or any other other server os.
its pretty simple do to the basics. im just working on setting up restrictions and stuff on mine, thats where im struggling
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ya i just want my family to be able to sign on any computer in the house and access there files you know but a detailed instructions would be appreciated
and if any one knows if i could just use xp or vista with some sort of soft where thats would be 100 times better
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That sounds like a great idea!

Anyone have a full guide on how to do it.

Esa193 and I are both interested
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sounds like a great idea huh comp man
laptop desktop w/e just log on theres your files
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steal server 03,
install it,
run the basic wizard which will come up first of all, add a domain controller, then thats it.
after that its a case of setting up the restrictions, etc (dj chris time)
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sounds like a great idea huh comp man
laptop desktop w/e just log on theres your files
hell yeah man. Kinda like school
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lol oh ya i forgot dj chris does all that
haha ya hes great to ask about all that stuff
and im not "steeling it", im just borrowing it
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Yeah just borrowing with out asking, that's all.
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also what would be the best version to borrow?
also is there any way to set up your own domain so you dont have to pay for .com ulr addresses
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.com's arnt free in any case
i use server enterprise 03
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i no very little about the way the internet works except something about needing port 82
for .coms or something?
and ok thanks
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well you could use your server as a web server and buy a domain that points to it, or connect using the ip address. simple as that.
oh btw all your other pc's need to be on media centre or pro for them to connect to the domain/server
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shit thats a big prob.......
hmmm
there got to be some sort of univerial server out there that works with most os

but wait
there are computers in my school that run windows 98 and they can log on n/p
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lol no^
media centre, pro, vista business
or go down the linux route
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shit thats a big prob.......
hmmm
there got to be some sort of univerial server out there that works with most os

but wait
there are computers in my school that run windows 98 and they can log on n/p
This universal software is Novell, but it's not something you commonly see anymore, as well as I wouldn't recommend running it due to the learning curve. With a few security changes, windows 98 computers can login to an NT based domain.

You do not need a .com address, you are simply setting up an INTERNAL non internet domain.

Operating system wise, I'd recommend Server 2003 Standard (If your actually going legal, server 2003 small business is cheaper and will work fairly well too). The difference between Server 2003 Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter is the number of CPU's that the system is allowed, and the amount of ram. Server 2003 Standard is fine, due to the fact I doubt anyone's going to invest in anything with more than 2 processors. Server 2000 will also work, as would Server 2008 (However it's beta)

Setup is fairly simple, you install windows, setup DNS and DCHP on your server, than promote it to an active directory controller. You than create a share for home directory's and assign appropriate permissions, than create users. Than of course you join your computers to the domain, fairly simple.

If anyone has any other questions, shoot.

Also, Server 2003 Small Business has a very nice wizard for all of this, which makes setup very simple. However I don't like their approach to security as well in the Small Business edition, however I wouldn't care too much about that at home.

EDIT: You could also setup a linux server to function as a domain controller, but don't expect any help from me Linux in an active directory environment is one thing I tried to conquer, and failed miserably.
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http://www.visualwin.com/
this website should be what you need to get you started.
It can take a while to get going though.
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