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Home Server advice

niallmoran Avatar
7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
Looking for a wee bit of help and advice (with rep given out freely!) about setting up a home server type thingy. I've got a poweredge SC240 with XP on it hiding in a cupboard at the mo accesed via remote desktop but i'm looking to set it up as a proper home/media server so that my lappy and soon to arrive xbox 360 can stream media from it. I don't want the poweredge chuntering away all the time so i'd like to set up some kind of wake on lan thing if possible but i'm struggling to get an idiots guide to this kinda thing :-D

Anybody want to offer some advice on what software/config would be a good option?

Cheers :-D
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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1 Like #2
I dont know of any wake on lan setup,
but I might think about getting one of the plug sockets that you can turn on via a remote.

edit-
something like this?
1 Like #3
Rep given out freely huh...

Well, I cant help I have zero knowledge about this stuff.. Can i have some rep.. Please :P
#4
rep all round :-D

The remote socket thingy is something i thought of but as the server is going to be tucked away in a cupboard in the spare room i was hoping for something a wee bit more "techy" - looks like i might have to either stop being lazy or tight (maybe both!) and have a good play with what's available....
1 Like #5
Just keep what you have. That will do what you want.
#6
but it's chuntering away like a dyson day and night and the missus is getting hacked off! Was thinking about a chunky NAS drive which would be silent and relatively low power but it seems a waste if i can manage the power better on the server.....

Anyway, have some rep - everybody else has :-D
#7
What about a nettop then. its what im going to get eventually

pros-
silent
very low power
adequate processing power

cons-
not very expandable internally

There are wake on lan utilities that you can use if your comp supports it.
#8
How freely is this rep being given out? It's just, I have a fair wealth of info that I could share with you on the subject, but if you're happy to just rep me for this bump, it'd save me a lot of typing, and be equally appreciated.
1 Like #9
Wake On LAN is a feature which comes with some Network Interface Cards, the NIC stays in listening mode when the PC is off, when it receives a certain kind of packet it sends a signal to the motherboard which turns your PC on. Check your networks card manufacturers websites or manual to find out if it has the wake on lan feature.

As for streaming media, you could use some software called VLC which is free and will stream media over your LAN.
#10


Totally agree.
I have been running it for about 6 months and it rocks, you can get an add in for it called lights-out so you can set up start and shutdown times :thumbsup:

try out the 120 day trial its free:-D
#11
dxx
How freely is this rep being given out? It's just, I have a fair wealth of info that I could share with you on the subject, but if you're happy to just rep me for this bump, it'd save me a lot of typing, and be equally appreciated.


I was tipsy last night so not as freely give out this morning....still lots to go around though :-D
#12
I can get the WOL stuff to get the beast out of sleep but not from a full power down....i'll need to have a wee butchers at VLC....
#13
Dont forget if you have the server shut in a cupboard without good ventilation it will have to work harder to keep cool, make sure its well vented....
1 Like #14
niallmoran
I was tipsy last night so not as freely give out this morning....still lots to go around though :-D



Fairynuff. Okay, some pointers:

1) For this WoL malarky, you'll need software that can send the appropriate Magic Packet, and you'll need to know the MAC address of the network adaptor you want to target with it. The MAC address will be printed on the network adaptor. For magic packet software, try http://magicpacket.free.fr/http://magicpacket.free.fr/

2) WinXP is good, but you might find Vista 64 a better choice if the leccy bill is a concern and if you're going to have multiple harddrives installed. Vista has the useful knack of being able to power down drvies individually, saving about 10w per idle drive. Also, Vista 64 seems faster in my testing. Sometimes quite significantly so.

3) If the system's in a cupboard, ventilation will be an issue. I recommend leaving the case open.

4) You say noise is an issue. Open the system, find out which fans are the problem. Either replace them with quieter alernatives, or do things the ghetto way, and rewire them to the 5v feeds of spare molex connectors. This'll slow them down and cut noise significantly, but will also reduce their ability to cool, so be careful. Scissors and electrical tape is all you need.

5) Also on the subject of noise, vibration and resonance is a primary cause of noise. Go down to your local supermarket and buy a few packs of cheapie dish washing sponges. The ones that cost about 20p for a pack of four. Lay these sponges under the system's base, and it will isolate system vibrations (harddisk noises especially), potentially cutting sound output drastically

6) For slightly more ghetto noise reduction, line the inside of the cupboard with the bottom half of egg boxes. The cones send noise off in all directions when it hits them, and the soft material absorbs a lot of sound vibration. It's actually ideal stuff if you want to acoustically kill a room, or a small area.

7) Final mini-tip, it might be an idea to buy yourself a gigabit router if you have the appropriate NICs. Gigabit is great. It's so fast, it's almost like being at the harddrive you're networking too. Harddrives peak at about 100MB/s, Gigabit LAN at about 120MB/s. For standard 100mbit LAN, 12MB/s isn't bad, but you'll feel it when you're doing anything data intensive, like importing media libraries or whatever. It's only about £30 for a gbit router, which isn't at all bad.
1 Like #15
Try this?

http://www.solarwinds.com/products/freetools/wake_on_lan.aspx

Make sure WOL is set in the BIOS correctly as well (If it's an onboard NIC your using) :thumbsup:
#16
All great stuff guys - maybe setting the beasty up with more aggressive power saving modes might be the way to go and try and sound proof the cupboard and reduce case vibrations to pretend that there's nothing on to the missus :-D
#17
got the WOL stuff to work and also discovered that the powedge come with bios level power control and automatic boot up at certain times of the day so i can leave it off all night and day and it will fire up in the evening and if i need it at other times i can use the WOL doo-dah....getting closer to proper integration so cheers guys :-D

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