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Shared drive for a growing, distributed business

My company is growing quickly and we need a better shared file system than emailing documents back and forth. I have been asked to investigate options but don't know where to start or what to look for, and I am hoping the hive mind can provide some direction. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Feb 13, 2015 - 15 answers

Small non-profit seeks automated backup for Windows file server

Our organization recently bought a new file server (running Server 2012), but the old server probably has a few years of life remaining in it. I'd like to place the old server at the opposite end of the building and use it to host real-time backups through the LAN. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Aug 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Explain NAS and file servers to me like I'm five years old. And dim.

I currently have a tangle of external drives hooked to my HTPC. Serving that stuff via UPnP is okay, but I'd like to move my files to a separate device that would then be able to make them available to a motley assortment of devices. Thing is, I'm woefully ignorant about networking and file sharing, having never so much as set up a shared Windows folder. I need help coming up with a game plan. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Mar 31, 2013 - 12 answers

Please Recommend a Case with 8x SATA Hotswap Bays

Any recommendations for a case with 8x SATA hotswap bays? I've currently got a $80 Mini-ITX Lian Li case that holds six drives internally. It's a pain to work with and I could use space for more drives. FWIW, it's a media server with a mdadm RAID 6 array that also does on-site backups for three computers, downloads and light database work. Right now I'm looking at the $400 SuperMicro CSE-743TQ-865B. (Bonus Question: Mini-ITX motherboards are supposed to be compatible with ATX cases, so I should be able to move my motherboard into this case, right?)
posted by Brian Puccio on Nov 30, 2012 - 7 answers

An array of choices....

Looking for advice from other mefites on how to best use the additional disks I've purchased to expand my current home Linux server. RAID5/6? Native ZFS raidz? Something else? Also curious about use of iSCSI instead of SMB for things like Time Machine, etc. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus on Aug 17, 2012 - 4 answers

What do I do with a moderately fast spare computer?

Ideas for what to do with a (moderately fast) spare PC in 2012? (Intel C2D 3ghz E8400, 8GB RAM, etc) HTPC comes to mind, but open to more creative suggestions. [more inside]
posted by petah on Feb 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Please help me configure and secure my Ubuntu-based combined home file server/public web server/VNC server!

Please help me configure and secure my Ubuntu-based combined home file server/public web server/VNC server! I am building a low-ish power home file server, which will likely run Ubuntu 11.04 or 11.10 (possibly server edition), and I should be able to set up a basic samba share easily enough. But I would also like to use the same computer to serve a few basic webpages, and I would like to provide ssh and ideally VNC or RDP-like access from outside the LAN. I can probably get the basic software set up, but I'm a n00b when it comes to NAT stuff, firewalls, and security issues generally. I would also appreciate help with setting up dynamic DNS. [more inside]
posted by dilettanti on Oct 7, 2011 - 6 answers

How to setup a file server for an architectural firm?

How to properly setup a file server for a small architectural office running Windows (Vista and Win7) and Autocad 2010? [more inside]
posted by lxh on Jun 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Is a NAS box a viable alternative to a Windows Server?

Could/should a tiny NGO abandon the Windows server model (which is probably overkill for our simple needs) and just go with a NAS box for file sharing? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Jan 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Recommend me a (bare) fileserver for great good

I'd like some recommendations on file server hardware. Ideally I'd like something with space for 6 3.5" SATA drives, the more the better. The server must be able to run FreeNAS and Linux with only modest hacking. I'm not averse to modifying something to get it to do what I want, but since this is going to be a production machine (albeit for home use) I shouldn't have to break out the soldering iron and JTAG cables just to get the OS setup. CPU and RAM don't matter, provided the machine can support a CPU made within the last six years and can accommodate 1GB+ of RAM. Bonus points for the following: space for multiple NICs, IBM, easy access to internals, relatively quiet. Budget max. is $400 *excluding* drives, and used equipment is (obviously) totally fine!
posted by -1 on Aug 4, 2010 - 15 answers

Mounting multiple samba shares in windows with different usernames?

I have a Samba file server sharing two drives that I'd like to mount simultaneously in windows using two different usernames. I can't get it to work - can you help? [more inside]
posted by pombe on Jun 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Need help with big boy server upgrade questions.

I've come in possession of a Cisco MCS 7800 series server that I'd like to set up as a file server, but I'd like to upgrade it first. [more inside]
posted by eatcake on Jun 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Disabling a laptop screen?

How much damage am I likely to do to my laptop if I leave it running with the screen closed? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jun 5, 2010 - 18 answers

I want my own FTP server (dammit).

I want my own FTP server. Looking for advice on possible solutions. [more inside]
posted by bingo on Apr 9, 2009 - 13 answers

Keeping in sync with a file server when not connected?

How do I synchronize local copies from a file server for when I'm not able to connect to its network or the internet? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Dec 11, 2008 - 3 answers

500 MHZ PIII + FreeNAS + OpenVPN + m0n0wall = love?

My girlfriend has expanded her theater management business, hired some employees, and wants to have a file server, have a firewall, and have remote access to the office network. Can I do all this with a Dell PowerEdge 500Mhz PIII? If so.. [more inside]
posted by pegstar on Aug 21, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I share a mounted NTFS volume over AFP?

Networkfilter: I have a NTFS volume mounted on my OS X Server box. I'd like to access it over the net using AFP. It's not showing up as an available AFP share. What gives? [more inside]
posted by DLWM on Jun 15, 2008 - 4 answers

Mac connected to server gets strange filenames, sometimes.

A mac on a network connects to a share point on the server and sees this instead of seeing this. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Apr 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Stop synchronizing my files every time I'm online!

I don't want to synchronize my files every time I connect to any wireless network. Make it stop! [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Apr 29, 2007 - 6 answers

cheap Mac file sharing?

I'm looking for a cheap (or better yet, free) software to run a simple file server in my journalism lab. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Dec 10, 2006 - 11 answers

Which OS should I use on my fileserver?

I'm in the process of setting up a file server that will interface with 12 windows XP workstations. I want it to be directly mountable on those workstations, and (the catch) I also want it to work with Active Directory. I'd like to install Linux on the server, but should I use Windows instead? [more inside]
posted by pombe on Dec 7, 2006 - 14 answers

Help me choose a file server OS

Home network consists of two XP machines, an OSX laptop, and an Ubuntu laptop. Have just been given an old PIII to use as a file server. What OS should the file server run and what should I use to format the disks?
posted by humuhumu on Apr 24, 2006 - 18 answers

Windows XP Home as a file server?

I just bought a smokin' new laptop with a 60GB hard drive, replacing my aging-but-serviceable desktop. I have about 90GB of files in total--too large to fit on the laptop. My just-replaced desktop is running XP Home, while my laptop is XP Pro -- can I use my desktop as a file server, or is XP Home too limiting/insecure? Am I opening myself up to a world of hurt? [more inside]
posted by kables on Apr 20, 2005 - 8 answers

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