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Setting up a home server?
10-15-2012, 12:06 PM
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Setting up a home server?
Alright, I have a spare desktop computer I plan on turning into a home server and I am unsure about a few things as I am new to server creation and management so I have a few questions;

I have heard linux is a good operating system for servers, so should I stick with windows XP or install linux? If linux, which one?

I want to be able to remotely store files on this server as well as access them without being on the same network as well as allowing FTP access, so would I need software of some kind to do this?

I plan on hosting game servers (including Minecraft, Terraria, Cube, and a couple others) for use by myself and a small number of other people and I know how to do this with Windows, but if Linux is indeed a better OS for servers than I would like to know if Linux works any differently as to how it allows access by other people.

I would also like to host a website on this server, so how would I go about 'attaching' a domain I have already purchased to my public IP and run the website itself?

Lastly, I would like to host a mail server with a small number of mailboxes, and am curious as to how to use my domain with it, and what software I should use.

I am aware that all of this may be a bit much for a desktop computer so I know that I may have to upgrade its RAM and/or processor to handle all of the programs.

Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks

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10-15-2012, 12:15 PM
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If you want a home server, why not try FreeNAS?

FreeNAS is an awesome spin of FreeBSD designed to be completely skeletal and efficient. It's loaded with handy services like a web server, a BitTorrent server, a file server and more. It's currently sponsored by iXsystems. It comes with an easy-to-use web-based manager.

http://www.freenas.org/

For game servers, though, you'll probably want to look up Debian. (http://www.debian.org/)
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10-15-2012, 12:15 PM
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-Find a cheap desktop with lots of hard drive space
-Install FTPZilla Server Edition, on XP/Vista/7
-Set correct directories, create usernames, etc.

Then:
-Go to command prompt and type in "ipconfig'
-Look for your internal ip. (192.168.x.xxx)
-When you want to connect to that, go to Firefox/Chrome and type in: ftp://192.168.x.xxx

If you want to access this away from home, you must open ports and set up a domain.

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