Go Back   Computer Forums > General Computing > Server Administration
Click Here to Login
Join Computer forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-20-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
Golden Master
 
BK_123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 7,528
Default Easiest Home File Server OS?

Hi everyone, I have been thinking of getting an old machine and setting it up as a file server, What would be the best OS for this?
__________________

BK_123 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2013, 11:36 PM   #2
Daemon Poster
 
dale's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Taiwan
Posts: 1,008
Default Re: Easiest Home File Server OS?

Linux running Pure-FTPd sounds good?
__________________

__________________
distrACT -- an open community
● It helps to ask questions effectively
● Please join Server admins social group if you are into servers
dale is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2013, 11:44 PM   #3
Golden Master
 
BK_123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 7,528
Default Re: Easiest Home File Server OS?

Would any Windows OS be ok?
BK_123 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2013, 11:59 PM   #4
Daemon Poster
 
dale's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Taiwan
Posts: 1,008
Default Re: Easiest Home File Server OS?

I think so. IIRC, FileZilla has a server that you can run for free, but I have not tried it (or running a FTP server on Windows extensively) personally.
__________________
distrACT -- an open community
● It helps to ask questions effectively
● Please join Server admins social group if you are into servers
dale is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 08:24 AM   #5
Fully Optimized
 
OhSnapWord's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 1,853
Default Re: Easiest Home File Server OS?

There's FreeNAS. If you're looking for a Windows based solution, there's always Windows Home Server.
__________________
FX-8350 @ 4.7 cooled by H80, 32GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 2133, Asus Sabertooth 990FX, 2x Radeon HD 7850 2GB in X-fire, 500GB Samsung 850 Evo, 4TB Seagate, 3TB WD Black, 2x 1TB WD RED in RAID 0
OhSnapWord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 09:06 AM   #6
Fully Optimized
 
jmacavali's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4,867
Default Re: Easiest Home File Server OS?

The problem with Windows is you have to buy it. I'd suggest trying something free first. Although if you have an old computer laying around, it will do the job just fine. You don't really "need" a specialized OS to work as a file server. Just remove all the junk from it, setup some shared folders, and connect to the shares from all your other computers.
__________________
****************************************
Don't take life too seriously -- no one gets out alive. Plus, who wants to arrive to the hereafter in pristine condition wearing a suit and tie?
I want to slide in sideways, worn out, used up, hair a mess, clothes tattered, & screaming, "Whooo! What a ride!"
****************************************
jmacavali is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 10:57 AM   #7
Wizard of Wires
 
setishock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Not sure
Posts: 10,030
Default Re: Easiest Home File Server OS?

They all have to be on the same work group. And that's a royal PITA. If you're going to do that you have to have a windows OS.
If you go the free route then you have a Linux OS with the server setup layered over it. Setting it up is a bit of a pain but when it's done you have no money invested in it and any OS with the right software can access it.
setishock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 11:05 AM   #8
Fully Optimized
 
jmacavali's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4,867
Default Re: Easiest Home File Server OS?

Quote:
Originally Posted by setishock View Post
They all have to be on the same work group. And that's a royal PITA.
I'm really going to have to disagree here (though I rarely disagree with your opinions). I set them up all the time for people (mainly so stuff on the desktop can be access by stuff from their laptop). I've never really had any trouble with it.
__________________
****************************************
Don't take life too seriously -- no one gets out alive. Plus, who wants to arrive to the hereafter in pristine condition wearing a suit and tie?
I want to slide in sideways, worn out, used up, hair a mess, clothes tattered, & screaming, "Whooo! What a ride!"
****************************************
jmacavali is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 11:15 AM   #9
Site Team
 
celegorm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 10,713
Send a message via AIM to celegorm
Default Re: Easiest Home File Server OS?

Windows Home server 2011 is cheap (usually around $50USD) and easy to use plus it adds a very nice backup functionality. I use it, and I love it.
__________________
"as a fanboy i refuse to admit it and will pull countless things out of my butt to disprove it"

Team Thelegorm! Total Kills: 21 (i iz in uor profile, editsing your sigz)
celegorm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 04:38 PM   #10
Golden Master
 
BK_123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 7,528
Default

I have heard windows xp does the job, is that true?
__________________

BK_123 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:10 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0