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Owning and configuring Your own Economic Home Server

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Introduction – This article is aimed at your average Joe User with little or No IT experience under their belt that wants but did not think they could own their very own Home Server. While I do realize that better mouse traps (In this case the mouse trap is the Home Server) can be built or bought using different hardware or different Operating Systems that goes beyond the scope of this particular Article.

Why do I need or even want a Home Server?

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A very fair question and up to about even 5 years ago this would be more of a nice luxury item to show off to your geek friends in your garage, however now home servers are becoming more of necessity. With today’s society now heavily into electronic portable devices in their daily lives ranging from your average laptop to the most portable of devices like an IPhone, people have switched from a carbon paper filled existence to a virtual carbonless one. We no longer send mail we instead send e-mail, instead of sharing printed photo pictures on quality Kodak paper (by the way Kodak just filed for Bankruptcy not to long ago) we share Digital Pictures we may have taken with our digital cameras or cell phones, and instead of sharing a Cassette Tape or CD with our music we share our mp3’s on a portable media device. Since we cannot haul all our portable media were ever we go, it would get very cumbersome having to drag a desktop PC all over the place. The average every day person needs a way to access and possibly share their documents, pictures, video, and music remotely without swinging by their residence to pick it up. The answer lies in a central storage place, a Home Server.

I Can’t afford $$$$ for a server, I need to send my kids to College!

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If you are talking about an HP Proliant or even a Dell PowerEdge Enterprise Server (which can go anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000 on a average) then yes you would have to possibly mortgage your house, spouse, and your dog. But since you do not need to support over 10,000 family members then this would be a little excessive. But with direct whole sellers that sell either refurbished or stock that never sold in stores from one third to one fourth of their original price you can get a perfectly good PC that will more than adequately serve that server function. Another even more affordable solution is re-purpose that old Desktop or even Laptop as your Home Server as well. Just because it maybe 4 or 5 years old does not mean it could not be reused for another useful function.

John Keller
John Keller
John has been in the IT profession for over 20 years along with being certified in both Comptia Security + (2008 edition) and a MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) on Both Windows XP & Server 2003 Administration, He currently works as an Windows System Administrator for Northrop Grumman in the Greater Los Angeles Area and manages 3 Windows Active Directory Private Networks (Two 2008 R2 and One 2012 R2) along With 2 VMware EXSI 5.5 Servers in the US. He has been an avid fan and follower of Windows Home Server (Now the Essentials Role of Windows Server) and Visualization Since 2009. He is currently trying to exploit the full potential of Microsoft's Windows Server Operating System to the Home & Small to Medium Business Community along with the power of Visualization. When not being a Nerd and a Geek he likes to watch Movies, Read Comic Books, and most importantly spend time with his family.

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    • Thanks Jim, and yes my Minimum specs are good for video transcoding as well (Reason why I suggested the dual core) set to “Medium” on the “Video Streaming Quality”. The I3 would be more of a “High to Best”. However, as pointed out in this article I tried to keep it to the bare minimum for any money that needed to be put out.

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