A home-server is a server, or host, that is based on consumer-only usage and is usually in the architecture of a home network. A home-server will allow clients throughout the home network to connect to and access different data or services. It may also allow external connections.

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Is ZFS and RAID-Z worth using in home made NAS (freeNAS for example)

Features of ZFS and RAID-Z look vary promising. Looks like it is a perfect FS for home NAS solutions, poor man's Drobo things and alike. Are there any drawbacks I should be aware of?
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How do I SCP from remote machine to local machine when I am outside of my home network?

While I understand how to scp files to and from my server from within my home network, how can I scp a file from my server to my local machine when I am on the outside, say at Starbucks? While I am ...
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Detecting when a server is running on UPS battery

I have a home server (HP Proliant ML310 G4) that I bought from my employer a month or so ago. The server runs Debian Linux and I use it for just about everything. I can get away with doing this ...
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How can I make mdadm auto-assemble RAID after each boot?

I successfully created a RAID (mirroring) by utilizing mdadm. However, I must run the following commands after each boot: mdadm --stop --scan // to stop /dev/md127 - I don't know where the number 127 ...
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How much will it cost me to run a Windows Home Server?

Anybody has any measurements of how much electricity does a Windows Home Server (say one of the HP models) use while being on 24/7? I have an old PC running at home to store files that everyone can ...
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What is the advantage of iSCSI over SMB?

At my house I'm running a Hyper-V server with a Windows Server 2008 R2 VM acting as a file server. Files are shared across my network using SMB. (Also, the machine is using a PERC 6/i RAID card but ...
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Best way to organize lots and lots of media files?

I have lots and lots of media files. About 6TB spanned across 10 physical hard drives on a personal file server. Security is not a major issue, but is being handled via other means. These files ...
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Using my old PC as a web/file server?

I have an old desktop computer that I've been trying to sell for AGES. I guess nobody is looking for computers because it was advertised at a dirt cheap price on craigslist, local papers, etc. ...
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Is it possible to run a laptop which can't display anything?

I have a laptop with a busted up graphics card. However I'm pretty sure that the rest of it works just fine. I was wondering if it was possible to use it as a home server and how I would do that given ...
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Server vs. Desktop

I'm looking to build a set of home servers to play around with. In doing so they will be on full time, looking to run a very low volume family web site, and probably a file server with SFTP etc on it ...
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How to Set Up a First Home Linux Server?

This is the first time I am setting up servers so I'm unsure where to start. One thing I know is that I have chosen the Linux Operating System. I want to host my own sites so I have a static IP ...
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Are eSATA drives hot swappable?

I'm going to build a low power home server and I've been thinking about using some external eSATA enclosures so I can have external drives that I can add and remove from the server every now and then ...
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Did I just fail at hot plugging a drive?

I have a small home server built around a Lian Li PC-Q25 case with a SATA backplate advertising itself as hot pluggable. The motherboard is Asus P8H77-I. I have 4 SATA drives attached to the backplate ...
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Is there anything like Microsoft Sync for the home or media center computer?

I just returned from a business trip where my rental car (A free upgrade to a Lincoln MKZ!) had the Microsoft Sync system built into it. You know, from the commercial: 'Play artist, Right On ...
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Benefits of running my own mail server versus switching to google apps [closed]

I've happily been running a mail server on my home network to handle my personal domain email for the last 6 years. The old PIII server that is my mail server is now on it's last legs and I'm ...
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What Gui would be suitable for my home Ubuntu Server?

I'm a noob on Ubuntu Server and after installing it I found that it works only in command line mode. From this page I found that there are security risks to installing a GUI on servers. It also ...
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How should I set up my home file server?

I'd like to set up a home server for three purposes: Backing up a couple of local computers that are unlikely to ever exceed 500 GB of data each (highest priority). Serving up files on the LAN - ...
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RAID for home use

Read so far most of RAID-related posts on this site, but still several points remain shaded so far. First, my mode of working: I am writing music / doing graphical works, so the RAID is kinda ...
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Low-cost RAID NAS for home use?

I have a noisy, power-hungry Pentium 4 based Ubuntu server that I want to replace with a nice, low-power mini-ITX/Intel Atom-based machine to do my network services (DHCP, DNS, IPSec, Web/mail, FTP, ...
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Personal Source Control via SubVersion — stop me before I go too far!

I've been bitten by the SVN bug lately; largely driven by heavy use of a personal repo at work for keeping control of proof-of-concept code, documents and small files, and for keeping my two machines ...
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Software Alternative to RAID for Home Use

I have a ton of data that I've been keeping 2 complete copies of between my Desktop and Laptop for a couple years now; I figure its about time to buy some more drives and make sure I don't lose any of ...
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Linux distro for NAS Server for Home

I am wondering as is there dedicated servers for routing as (ipcop,pfsnese) and also for telephony as (elastix, asteriskNow) and other similar projects , Does exists something for home made NAS ...
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Implications of using a laptop always-on as a server

I assumed that there would be a lot of information on this on both the Web in general and on Superuser, but to my surprise I can't find direct answers to these questions about using a laptop as a ...
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What can be used as a low power linux based router/NAS?

I'm looking to replace my Linksys WRT54G router with a slightly more powerful (in terms of processing power) box, but want to keep a low power footprint (ideally 10W or less). My must have ...
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What operating system can I use to turn my old computer into a home server?

I have a old desktop computer that I want to make a home server for file sharing purposes. It has 512 MB RAM and few GB of hard drive. Which operating system should be reasonable for this kind of slow ...
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What is the best flavor of Linux for a home file (media) server? [closed]

I'd like to setup a Linux server to serve media files (video and music) to my other computers in the house. Some requirements: Has to be able to network with the Windows computers in the house Has ...
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Is there any reason NOT to use XAMPP (or a similar server package)?

Until just a few weeks ago I always used to set up my home-servers one service at a time (e.g. httpd, ProFTPD, etc.). I have now begun using XAMPP instead and was wondering if there is any reason why ...
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A good solution for home backups and file/print sharing [closed]

I’m looking for a cheap and reliable solution that allows me to share files and a printer in me home network. Raid support and very low power consumption would be nice extras. Should I go with a NAS ...
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Home Server: storage virtualisation, what to choose?

I'm looking for virtualisation solutions for storage and OS for a home server. A sort of private cloud where I manage the storage space independently of the VM one. This question focus on storage ...
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Mobile processors in desktops?

Processors meant for laptops usually need less cooling (so they're less noisy) and are much more energy-efficient, while providing computational power on demand. I think of building a home server, ...
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Windows Home Server? What do i need to know before I buy it?

I appreciate that there are a variety of options that are available, but for off-the-shelf ease of use for the millions of Windows-only households out there, it’s nearly impossible to beat Windows ...
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What is keeping my disks awake?

I have configured my hard drives to go to sleep after 1 minute of inactivity. This used to work very well; the server was almost always dead silent. But recently the drives are more often awake. Can ...
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Hardening a Home Server

I am thinking about setting up a modest web server using some old hardware and Ubuntu 12.04 or Debian 6. I am aware that by exposing a machine on my LAN to the outside world I become vulnerable to ...
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Install Linux/Alternative OS on Headless Server

Question in short: How to install an alternative OS (debian preferred) on a headless server and what OS to use for a home media/dataserver. My questions now is: How to do it? The server will, in ...
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Fault tolerant RAID6 / RAID10 design for home server - not performance critical

I want to balance disk space against fault tolerance. I would like fault tolerance to be able to handle multiple disk failures (as I may not be able to afford replacements disks or have the time for ...
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Home server - HP Proliant Microserver - Software and setup - OS on USB stick?

I've just purchased a HP ProLiant Microserver for home use. I want to set up with web server, samba shares, the usual stuff. My question is really about system setup. It has an internal USB socket so ...
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What's the most useful Linux file system for storing videos?

I'm looking for a file system suited for my storage task, which is to store between 300 and 400 gigs of media data, i.e. video, sound and pictures. The data will be stored on a non-SSD drive which ...
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Power loss on home server setup

I have a mac mini server running at home. It acts as a web server and a file server. Recently, they have been doing construction on my street, and power will dip on and off 2 to 4 times per day. I ...
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What do I need to run a Linux Home Server

What hardware and software will I require to run a Linux Home Server?
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If a server is just a big computer, why not just use a server as your computer? [closed]

You can buy cheap servers (8GB ram, 2x3.2GHz processor, etc) for around $150-200. A similar computer would cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Why would I not want to just buy a server and ...
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Personal wiki in my home network - how do I secure it?

I'd like to dedicate a low-power Debian/Ubuntu box to set up a personal wiki (namely Instiki) on it. The information I'm looking to store in it will obviously be of a very confidential nature; anyone ...
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How low-power can a home server get? [closed]

I've got quite simple question actually. How green, low-power and efficient x86 home server can I build using consumer parts with rather constrained budget. After looking through some Google hits ...
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How to prevent a device on my router from accessing the Internet?

I'm thinking of setting up a local server on an old machine I have lying around. So that I can easily ssh into it, I would like to add it to my current network by plugging it right into my router. ...
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Running two DHCP Servers in the same network

I have connected my raspberry pi with a wireless access point and would like to run a DHCP Server on the RPi to assign the IP and gateway correctly. This is because the RPi serves as a gateway to a ...
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Domain resolving to lan ip address under dynamic dns and tomato

I have recently begun hosting my personal website under a home server using dynamic dns. The domain is registered under Godaddy, and ZoneEdit as the dynamic dns manager. Everything works well till it ...
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Network use of Gaming PC

Background After YEARS of waiting, I built the custom gaming PC of my dreams: Intel i7 - 975 Extreme Edition 3.3ghz (overclocked to 4.0) ATI Radeon 5970 2gb Corsair 256 gb SSD Drive 2 TB Sata II ...
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Simplest way to host self made network game for friends?

I wrote a stratego clone for my friend and I to play over the internet. It consists of a very simple server and a client that can be run on the same computer as the server. What would be the simplest ...
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Which machine to get for a home server?

I want to have a server at home. Mainly for few projects, blog(wordpress) and maybe other web resources. I want to have it very low power consumable, so I am thinking getting Acer Aspire Revo 3600, ...
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Are there any serious obstacles to using an old netbook as a long-term home server?

I have an old ASUS Eee Pc 901. Not much use as a portable PC nowadays with tablets and 5" mobiles. So I'm thinking of using it as a simple 36W whisper-silent home server. For a skype-to-sip bridge, ...
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How to run a mail server at home?

Is it possible to set up a mail server at home, if all I know is basic cable and Internet? Let's say I have domain XYZ.com, which points to a hosting service. Can I configure that to redirect all ...