Found 3rd Jan
I want to set up small home office file sharing setup so that 2 or more people can use and save files at centralised location. I am not sure whether i should go for NAS or Dell T20 server. T20 server cost around £300 + software licence and NAS cost about same without hard drive. I was thinking of NAS below if that is a better option. I would appreciate your input on which set up to go for. Also your view on NAS below if that is preferable option.

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qnap nas are superb and easy to setup with built in cloud mode :-)

HP Microserver under £150, possibly closer to £100 after cashback, a lot of us are running one variant or another for at least 6 years on here.

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I've had a QNAP (and still have some for professional reasons) but got rid of my home one. I had a power cut and the drive controller died. Hence 2 out of my 4 drives were in accessible and my RAID array was a goner as a result. The NAS setups are generally far more susceptible to this than a PC, so now I have a software RAID T20 setup as Windows Server, linked to a premium dropbox account for the more important data.

Don't miss the NAS at all.

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Thank you for responses. Am i right in assuming T20 or HP server setup will require to buy OS separately?

vsh1

Thank you for responses. Am i right in assuming T20 or HP server setup … Thank you for responses. Am i right in assuming T20 or HP server setup will require to buy OS separately?


Plenty of free ones:

http://www.freenas.org/
http://www.nas4free.org/
http://www.openmediavault.org/

There's also a port of the Synology NAS software or you can get WHS 2011 for under £35 if you prefer a Windows interface to use.

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dcx_badass

Plenty of free … Plenty of free ones:http://www.freenas.org/http://www.nas4free.org/http://www.openmediavault.org/There's also a port of the Synology NAS software or you can get WHS 2011 for under £35 if you prefer a Windows interface to use.



Thanks. Sorry for too many questions but I am noob in this area. Can I install windows 10 and use it as server cum spare PC?

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dcx_badass

Plenty of free … Plenty of free ones:http://www.freenas.org/http://www.nas4free.org/http://www.openmediavault.org/There's also a port of the Synology NAS software or you can get WHS 2011 for under £35 if you prefer a Windows interface to use.



Thanks. Sorry for too many questions but I am noob in this area. Can I install windows 10 and use it as server cum spare PC?

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dcx_badass

Plenty of free … Plenty of free ones:http://www.freenas.org/http://www.nas4free.org/http://www.openmediavault.org/There's also a port of the Synology NAS software or you can get WHS 2011 for under £35 if you prefer a Windows interface to use.



Thanks. Sorry for too many questions but I am novice in this area. Can I install windows 10 and use it as server plus spare PC?

vsh1

Thanks. Sorry for too many questions but I am novice in this area. Can I … Thanks. Sorry for too many questions but I am novice in this area. Can I install windows 10 and use it as server plus spare PC?



You can but it will need more configuration and won't be as user friendly as it isn't a ServerOS so you'd be bolting things on and it probably wouldn't be a great experience. You'd be better off with one of the dedicated OSes I linked above.

As for using is a spare PC, big rule of servers/NAS never ever use it for general use. Most server OSes will have normal web browsing blocked by default to discourage this.


Edited by: "dcx_badass" 3rd Jan

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dcx_badass

You can but it will need more configuration and won't be as user friendly … You can but it will need more configuration and won't be as user friendly as it isn't a ServerOS so you'd be bolting things on and it probably wouldn't be a great experience. You'd be better off with one of the dedicated OSes I linked above.As for using is a spare PC, big rule of servers/NAS never ever use it for general use. Most server OSes will have normal web browsing blocked by default to discourage this.



Thanks. Will have to research more on how complicated it is to set it up as i have no idea about it at the moment. That is one of the reason my friend said NAS is better option for me due to simplicity.

If you want to an out of the box type setup the NAS is the way, QNAP, Synology are good makes. If you want the versatility go for a T20, Microserver etc.

That's my view anyway
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