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server 2003 config
finchart - 17-5-2008 at 22:07

hi guys
can anyone point me to a good, simple, artical on setting up and configuring win server 2003?
i just want to run a centralized storage and access point for the other computers in the house.


hawklord - 18-5-2008 at 09:09

hi,

found this, hope it helps

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/File_Server_Windows_2003.html


LSemmens - 18-5-2008 at 13:25

Just a thought, why use a server? I use P2P for all the boxes in my place.


ErraticToad - 20-5-2008 at 00:23

With lsemmens here, mostly ...

If you haven't used server OS before then just stick with using workgroups - especially as you don't want authentication, control of the desktops or any of the other myriad things one can do with a server.


finchart - 20-5-2008 at 11:17

thanks hawklord, that was just what i wanted.
the thing with the server is that i have always been curious about the workings of a server so its mostly curiosity. the one advantage i found is that if you save files to the server you only need one computer turned on( and the server of course,) you don't need to go around turning on computers because you need a file off it. then again i suppose thats what pen drives were made for.


LSemmens - 20-5-2008 at 14:44

Thanks ET, I am aware of the advantages of server technology. For home and small business it can be overkill. Most people are happy with simple file sharing and do not want, or need, the added security of a proper server/client network. As finchart has said, that's why pen drives were invented.


ErraticToad - 23-5-2008 at 18:26

Quote:
Originally posted by finchart
the thing with the server is that i have always been curious about the workings of a server so its mostly curiosity.


Tell you what then ... fire up a virtual server device and install 2k3 server to that and then fiddle to your heart's content.

If you find you do want / need the power, etc of it, then install to whatever box you want to make your server.


Theravad - 25-5-2008 at 11:32

Quote:
Originally posted by ErraticToad


If you find you do want / need the power, etc of it, then install to whatever box you want to make your server.


If you just want a file server then one of the network storage devices would be ideal (I have an FSG one and it never misses a beat).

Server 2003 just as a file server is overkill (XP could do this for you). If, however, you want to use more features, like join the PCs into the house to it (as a domain controller) then you can have roaming profiles (anyone can logon any one of the PCs in the house and their files/email etc.., are all there as they logon irrespective of which PC they logon as). You could then centralise the email using Exchange and have shared calendars etc. Easiest way to do this is use small business server as it is all installed and mostly pre-configured for you.

Personally, I have setup centralised mail/profiles etc here but used Linux as it is more reliable and faster on the same hardware.

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