A file server is a computer attached to a network that has the primary purpose of providing a location for shared disk access, i.e. shared storage of computer files (such as documents, sound files, photographs, movies, images, databases, etc.) that can be accessed by the workstations that are ...

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What happens when I copy or move a file between different directories of a SMB file server?

I'm wondering if moving or copying files between directories that belong to the same SMB server involves the files moving over the network from the original directory to my pc, and then again from my ...
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Easiest way to set up a linux-hosted file server for wife's windows machine

I would like to use an extra physical hard drive in my linux server to provide my wife a place to backup her Windows XP desktop. I am willing to format this drive as NTFS (or anything else) and have ...
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ECC registered vs ECC unbuffered

I would like to build a storage server (based on GNU/Linux or FreeBSD) which will be on all the time. To prevent data corruption (which is unlikely to happen as I never had such a problem, but better ...
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Setting up a Home Sync/File/Backup Server

I'm about to buy a new laptop, and I would like to turn my old PC into a file/backup server. I have 5 "client" computers beside the server machine. 1 of the clients (mine) will run Arch Linux, and ...
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Windows 2008 r2 & WIndows 7 file replication

Does Windows 2008 r2 offer a way to replicate files (sync) between a Windows 7 Client Computer? The Window 2008 R2 Server and Windows 7 computer are on two different subnets and are networked via VPN. ...
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How to virtualize my physical home file server?

I have a home file server, currently has around 5TB of data, nothing fancy just old hardware (low budget) having a pentium dual core with 8GB ram. It runs snapraid so I can use dissimilar hard drives ...
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providing a windows share to linux machines in a multiuser environment

I have a file server running Windows Server 2012. The files should be accessible from several Linux machines, some of them forming a cluster. Users must be mapped correctly (all logins are done via ...
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Restore AFS from /vicepa to a normal directory

This may be the wrong way of going about things, but I was hoping there is some hope. Our afs configuration has completely gone haywire, but the volumes within the /vicepa partition are still present. ...
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Setup a wireless file server

I need to setup a service on my laptop to transfer files to and from my Android phone over a network connection (wifi). Solutions for the laptop may be for either Ubuntu, Windows 7 and Mac OSX. I ...
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Storage solution for a company [closed]

I would like to upgrade current storage solution for a small company. Company has around 20 computers and one central server running Hyper-V and several guests in it. There is an Exchange server, SQL ...
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Deploying a shared folder shortcut based on individual user accounts - Windows 2008 Domain

Is it possible to create a shortcut that references a shared folder on a file server for specific individuals on a windows 2008 domain? I know you can do it with group policies, but I don't want to ...
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Safest, most flexible storage for multiple HDD's

I am building a NAS/fileserver based around the HP Proliant N54L Microserver. It is going to be used as a central repo for all media (movies, serials, music etc), possibly a dedicated torrent seedbox ...
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No-execute access for file when on server but yes when on desktop

I am trying to set file permissions for an iMovie HD project file to be limited when it's on a server but have full access when it's on the user's desktop. I need to have users be able to copy a file ...
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Is using ngrok cuts connection speed?

I want to expose my file-accept server running on a Windows machine to the Web using ngrok service. The average filesize to upload to the server is about 5-6 MB. So speed is crucial. I'm no pro in ...
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First connect works, second fails Win 8.1 to Samba

I have a Samba installed on a Debian box and I am trying to use it as a fileserver with Windows 8.1. When I boot the samba and the windows machine and connect to public and private share, everything ...
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Setting up Debian file server, looking for advice about what file system to use

I'm currently working on setting up a Debian media and torrent server for my home. Most of my home network is comprised of Macs, and up until now my "server" was two 4 TB hard drives formatted HFS+ ...
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How to use Hardware RAID in Ubuntu Server

I have an Adaptec RAID-Controller and created an RAID-1(Mirroring) succesfully. Now I have installed Ubuntu Server 12.04.3. When I type fdisk -l I get this output: bf@fileserver:~$ sudo fdisk -l ...
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Alternative to NFS or better configuration - instable network, simple to set up

We are currently using NFSv4 for file sharing in a small office. Unfortunately the network is not very stable and it seems to have huge impact on the Ubuntu clients if the network is gone: The whole ...
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Copying shared folder between two servers automatically

I have two Windows server (server A and server B) which I use for sharing folders (as file servers). I want one shared folder in server A to be copied with its data automatically & periodically to ...
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How to convert an old PC into a network Hard Drive

I have a really old computer, not sure what the specifications even are. There is 640MB of RAM and about 80GB of disk space on two SATA HDDs. I wanted to know if I can turn it into something useful ...
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What's the difference between a file server and a non file-server OS?

In my current Windows Vista install (as well as other Window's installs), I can share files by sharing folders and having public directories. What's the difference between having an actual file ...
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Can't write to samba share as a group member in Windows

I have a desktop running Ubuntu Server 12.04 with samba installed to share files to multiple Windows computers in the house. I have a folder /test which has it's permissions set like so: drwxrwsrwx ...
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Linux HTML file server [closed]

I'm building a file server using Ubuntu. I want to setup an HTML based file upload/download system where I can create accounts for a few users and allow each user access certain folders. So that the ...
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How do I diagnose a bottleneck in an Intel Atom based Ubuntu server?

I have a small media server at home which has software RAID and a gigabit link to the rest of my network. For some reason though, I only get ~10MB/s transfers when copying to/from the server. I use ...
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One hard drive local to one computer but connected to server

I would like to have one dedicated hard drive for my files (but not OS installation) at my home computer, and I would like to make those files available anywhere via a file server. I want fast file ...
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Setting up a music files server [closed]

My friends and I want a to setup a server where we can just dump all our music files. I would use my computer for the storage space, and my friend (who lives somewhere else) should be able to access ...
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Does the type of SATA port matter in regards to fileservers?

I want to build a dedicated home file server that will also be used for streaming numerous video files. Does the SATA bandwidth matter if I will be using 1tb 7200rpm drives? Also, would I be able to ...
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Syncing selectively from a fileserver to a laptop - unison, git, or something else?

I have a fileserver with all my worldly digital possessions on it. (Don't worry, it's backed up.) I want to selectively be able to carry small portions of the contents of my fileserver with me on my ...
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Accessing AFP fileserver (netatalk) from Windows machine

One of our clients has a Mac environment. We are building (right now testing) a fileserver for Mac environments on a Linux box using netatalk. Netatalk uses AFP. For testing purposes, I've installed ...
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Setting up a fileserver, some questions?

Recently I've become very interested in setting up a fileserver, mostly for home usage but also because of the fact that I live in 2 places, I need to be able to access my files from both homes. I ...
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Slow write speeds on new Gigabit home file server

So I finally got all my parts delivered to setup a home file/backup server this week. It's currently running Ubuntu Server and I'm using Samba to share files on my network. The server currently has ...
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How to auto-mount a file server on home network machines

I have three computers at home: Win7, Mountain Lion (OSX), and Snow Leopard (OSX). I want to setup a server on my homenetwork so that I can collaboratively transfer files to/from the server from any ...
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Samba shares empty and not writeable when browsing OS X 10.8

When I mount a Samba share it works, but it doesn't show me any files, even though they exist on the server, I also cannot write files to the share either. The server is CentOS 6.4, running Samba. ...
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Is Google Drive suitable for use as a corporate file server

We have been using Google apps for a while and I was wondering if I could/should migrate the our corporate file servers over to use Google Drive? as this would mean all my users will have access to ...
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mklink /d not working

I have a folder with my pictures on a network drive. I would like that folder in the pictures library in windows 8. It wouldn't let me add it since the network drive isn't indexed. Windows help said ...
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Mapping a network drive in Windows so that it only reconnects when accessed?

I have a Windows 8 fileserver that is configured to sleep after a period of going unused, and configured to wake-on-lan. I would like to configure some of the Windows 7 systems on the network to map ...
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Samba Server Make Multiple User Permissions Profiles

I have a Samba file server running, and I was wondering how I could make multiple user accounts that have different permissions. For example, at the moment I have a user, smbusr, but when I ssh to the ...
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Solution for archiving and rapidly searching/browsing large numbers of photos on a NAS? [closed]

I'm an amateur photographer, and have over the course of several years managed to accumulate somewhere in the neighborhood of a terabyte of photographs. I've got a little personal linux server ...
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Headless Ubuntu - How do you do it?

I would like to make my Ubuntu PC a headless file server. How do I do that ? Currently I have installed Ubuntu 10 LTS and it is all working fine. I installed Webmin and can login remotely and ...
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Simple file server I can put in an electricity cabinet?

I'm building a new house and would like to put a file server in the electricity cabinet. The constraints this puts on the file server are small form factor and being able to work inside a closet. ...
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Access Restricted File Server

This might be a silly question, but with my inexperience I am not sure where to start looking. I want a file server that would first authenticate a user and check that the user is permitted to access ...
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Is it possible to set up a file server with just a router [closed]

I'm interested in setting up a file server somewhere where I don't have access to the internet. Is it possible to do this with just an off the shelf router? If anyone could point me in the right ...
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Can I expand my storage options with a PCI-E card in a PCI slot?

I have an Intel D945GCLF2 running headless Ubuntu which I use as a fileserver. I currently have a 4 port PCI SATA card plugged into it which has 4 disks attached. They're running software RAID 5 which ...
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Create bootable hard drive image

I've got a file server running Linux that I want to be able to run headless and access it via ssh. I no longer have room for the monitor and keyboard and plan to put it in a closet or somewhere out of ...
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What are the problems with running a file server (FreeNAS) in a VM?

I want to use my server machine (currently running FreeNAS) as a gaming box too. To do this, I'd install windows 7 on it, and run FreeNas as a virtual machine. The role of the server is a file ...
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What hardware combination should I consider for a 20TB file server? [closed]

I want to build a file server for my home media. The server will only be used to serve files to my Media PC. Essentially all it needs to do is be able to expose around 20TB of shared folders. I don't ...
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File Server Partitioning

I am looking at turning a PC with a 1TB hard drive into a file server. What is the "best practice"/recommended filesystem for such a server? I was initially thinking of creating a seperate partition ...
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Repurpose PPC Mac Mini as video chat/fileserver/backup system?

I am about to replace an ageing G4 PPC Mac Mini with the latest model and have a couple of thoughts on repurposing the old hardware; I'm looking for advice/recommendations as to the ideas being ...
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Virtualized application's access to fileserver from target machine

I'd like to set up a headless Linux server running a file server, and virtualization software to deliver Windows applications to various machines running Windows and Linux within my LAN (preferably in ...
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Software RAID and backup altogether

In this thread I've got most valuable tips regarding the home RAID solution options as well as their pros and cons: RAID for home use I've figured out for myself a few important points (the ...