Network storage options

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  1. Maffy29

    Maffy29 Active Member

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    So I've been wanting to have a network storage type option as part of my home network. Just picked up a decent box and put in a 400GB SATA hardrive. I could load this box with Windows XP Pro, share out folders and be done with it. Set something up to do backups and stuff too. A friend of mine with an MSDN account hooked me up with an image and unused key for Windows Server 2003. How would using Server 2003 be different? What else could I do with the Server box on my network? What are the pros and cons for each?

    FYI, I've never really worked with servers before other than basic install.
     
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    The only real difference in a home environment would probably be multi-user sharing + security, which you can define more accutely and also audit.

    If its just for you, not sharing to the interwebs, I'd probably run XPSP2 and share some shit, and firewall it properly, and use the time you saved to drink beer.
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i use server 2003 on my media server because it allows me to mirror 2 drives for fault tolerance. you *can* do it with windows xp, but you need to edit some dlls etc
     
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    99% of motherboard SATA controllers / chipsets allow RAID 1 (and most decent chipsets allow IDE drives to be mixed into it)

    If not, $20 gets you a 2 port SATA RAID card

    But yes, Win2k / Win2k3 allow OS controlled RAID 0 and 1 :hsugh:
     
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    yeah i know, i'm cheap and my server is old, no sata onboard even
     
  6. Maffy29

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    There's 3 or 4 people on my network, including myself.
     

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