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11-12-2000, 03:31 AM
I need some information for my network. I have 9 pcs and i want to set one up as a server where kids can store there files in their own folder and where the can log in.
Is this possible, they are normal pcs ( pentim 133, 32mb ram, 2g, NICS)??
any help would be appricated,
11-12-2000, 03:59 PM
If you have anything from Windows for Workgroups on up, you can easily share out files and printers from a single PC (dedicated to that purpose or also used as a workstation).
In the Win9x world, just make sure you have File and Print sharing enabled on that workstation (Network Neighborhood properties), share out a spot on the local disks (right-click on a folder or drive in Explorer, select Sharing), and then have your other PC's browse to that PC and share point either via network neighborhood or by making a drive mapping (e.g. h:=\\server\share) by right-clicking on the share you find in network neighborhood and choosing the map a drive. Printers can be shared as well. Your hardware is a little light in memory, but would work fine for typical light home use - just don't use the Server as a power workstation at the same time...
In WinNT/2000, it's pretty similar but you have to worry about security a little. If that's your situation, post back and we can go through it. I recommend using WinNT/2000 for stability, security, and performance, but Win9x works fine.
11-13-2000, 03:14 PM
If you have access to NT/2000 then you may want to consider using it. However, it will be a bit much for your systems/uses.
I would use windows95/98 as a "file server".
To do this open the network icon in the Control Panel. On the first page click the "File and print sharing" botton. Then choose what option you want to enable ( access to files,printers or both). When done you'll have a new tab displayed. Click on "access control" and choose whatever security option you would like.( share level is the one I recommend because it's easy) It doesn't make any difference for home use really. Unless you have things you don't want the kiddies to see. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/eek.gif
You may need to have your Windows CD near by to install the extra "stuff" needed to share files. Then reboot.
I wouldn't worry about the performance hit you'll take by sharing your files. Unless you have 9 people in your house that all want to use the "server" at once. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
Hope this helps http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
[This message has been edited by scada (edited 11-13-2000).]
Keep your server free! Don't allow user access on your server. Keep your server as free as possible. If your server is runs all your internet connections. Don't expect a fast Bit Rate if your child is on your server playing some monster number chruncher like Quake 3-d or 3-D rendering.
Stay alert, stay alive!
11-21-2000, 07:35 AM
Read the original post rUzz, the purpose of the server is to have a location for the kids to store files, user access is part of the main idea.
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