|File Server Diagram|
Depending on the Operating System you are going to install on the new machine, you can start running any kind of services on it. For example, with Windows Server 2008 R2, you can do basically what was said above, as well as many other services. You can run your own web server and host your own website, or even write an application on the server to instruct it to do what ever you want it to do. The possibilities are limitless.
However, as this article is going to be a friendly guide to beginners to start a simple server for home use, we’re going to focus on home friendly services, focusing largely on file management and sharing as the core purpose.
These are however other kinds of services which we let the machine be.
- File Backup Service
- Automatically backup all important files from your computers to the home server
- File Sharing Service
- Access files from the server remotely and edit them remotely, not storing anything on a local hard drive
- File Transfer Service
- Download files remotely out of your home network. Access files / Write files from outside the home networkWeb Server
- Web Service
- Host your own website at home.
- DLNA Server
- Allows DLNA enabled devices to play files directly from the server by streaming from it
- iTunes Server
- Stream music stored on the server to all iTunes across the home network
- BitTorrent Server
- Download and host bit torrent files remotely.
Careful planning is what you need before building a server for yourself. You will basically need to find out how much hard drive space there should be, how fast the server is going to run, the network interfaces that it should have to support each services. Before that, you should also know what the services the server is going to run too which will allow you to make decisions on which server operating system to use. All these will be discussed on the upcoming article next week.
The series of articles will include touch on various points in creating and building your own home server. Here are the main topics
- Purpose of a Home Server (Current)
- Choosing the right Hardware
- Choosing the right Software / Operating System
- An overview of Services Provided in FreeNAS / NAS4Free
- Summary and Conclusion