How to Set Up a Home Server

How to Set Up a Home Server. If you have multiple computers that share files, you may wish to set up a home server. You'll be able to access files from any of the computers, and you can store and back up files in a common location. Find out how to set up a home server.

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Make a list of what you'll need to buy. You might have some older equipment around the house to use. You will need a computer, a hard drive, RAM and a reliable networking device.

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Set up a router with enough ports to connect to your server and to all of the computers in your home. You may use a wireless router, an Ethernet router or a combo router.

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Decide which operating system you will use. Redhat Linux and Microsoft Windows XP are popular choices.

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Configure the networking connection on your server with a domain name. This will enable you, or others you allow, to connect to your home server from outside of your home network.

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Install an FTP server program such as Serv-U FTP. Set up as many user accounts as you like.

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Using your FTP server program, configure the rights for each account. Determine what drives, folders and rights users have access to on your server.

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Configure your router's firewall by opening port 21 to your home server.

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Test your new server using a secure FTP program such as WS-FTP Pro. You may also use a Web browser.