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How do I turn a standard installation of Windows 7 …
My server rig would not install WHS 2011 (James Bruce has written some excellent WHS articles) so I had to use Windows 7 to host my network drive (it’s RAID 5). I wanted to know what kinds of software can be used to make a desktop Windows installation into a server.
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Another way you can convert your old PC into sever is by using Ubuntu server edition. It is the same Ubuntu that is the well-known PC based OS, the only difference is that this is the server OS version. One of the most popular versions is the Ubuntu Server Edition 8.04. You can download a CD image for it from this link. The only limitation is that you need to have it burned and installed via CD. Be sure to download the ‘Server Edition’ and burn the image in the CD as .iso. Steps for installation include:
- Have your computer connected to internet at the time of installation as it will automatically detect and configure the network setting.
- Have your computer booted at the time of starting it up (by pressing F12) and have the software booted from the CD.
- After installation, you will come across the text-based interface. To make it GUI based, install Webmin.
- After logging in with your credentials, input the following commands:
sudo apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl libmd5-perl
sudo dpkg -i b.
- To make your server accessible from anywhere, open the router’s homepage. Log in the router and go to the tab that says ‘Port Forwarding’.
- In the table type form, enter the application name, port-to-port forwarding, protocol, and your server’s IP.
- Enter the following values:
HTTP 80 80 TCP serverIP FTP 21 21 TCP/UDP serverIP SSH 22 22 TCP serverIP
- Save settings and enable these forwards.
- If you want to get a free domain name instead of using your IP every time, there is a free domain site where you can get a name. You can access it from here.
- The instructions are really easy to follow and you can be done in limited time.
- Try accessing your server from another device, if you have done everything right, then you should be able to get to it.
- To be able to access your server for upgrading or making changes, go to the server and enter the following commands:
sudo chown yourusername:www-data /var/www
sudo chmod 775 /var/www
- On the system that you are using to access server, download and install a program called ‘WinSCP’. Enter domain name in the hostname for the server, and credentials in the name and password form.
- And now you have access to see all the files in your server. Go to the var folder and enter the www folder, copy new website material in those folders to update your server or to further modify it.
- To be able to remotely execute commands, use PuTTY which is an SSC client program.
Step 4: Test It
Test it out, when you’re sure the server is running open a web browser and type: into the address bar, this should show up (see pic). Yay, it works, now do something useful with it (will be covered in future instructables,.. maybe)
How to Convert PC into a Server
On to the big question, how do we indeed convert a normal PC into a server? But before that, why would you want to convert a PC into a server? Well, if you have an old PC collecting dust in the storage room or basement, good use would be to convert it into a server. Your own server can serve you in a variety of way. You can host your own website or use it to host your own multiplayer games. You can use it to download and manage torrents or use it as a media server to stream movies and TV shows.
We will be covering one of the most popular methods of converting your old PC into a server. It is with the use of FreeNAS (Network Attached Server) software. We will be covering the entire process in a step by step guide and hopefully, by the end of this piece, you will have a complete understanding of how to convert your old PC into a reliable server.
Step 1: Download Apache Server Software
Download the apache http server software from this apache mirror site:_Or_ go to navigate to the download from mirrors page, pick a mirror and download from there. As you can see from the above link, you’ll want to navigate to the mirror’s apache, httpd, binaries, win32 folder.What To Download: = You should download the newest version (highest version number), it’s 2.2.6 as I type this. Check here to see what the newest version is if you want: = You want the .msi file, this is a windows installation file (like an .exe)
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Test each computer in turn by clicking “Start,” “Computer” and then click “Network” in the left panel of the “Network” screen. You should see each of the other computers on the network including the desktop server.