Posted 12 February 2005 - 06:02 AM
have a network comprised of: 2 client computers, both running Windows XP Pro, connected to a 5 port switch via ethernet, 1 router/firewall/gateway running Linux Smoothwall connected to 5 port switch and to cable modem.
I have another system that isn't being used (it is rather limited on hardware, main limitation being the case has noplace for a cd-rom drive, which makes OS installation a pain)
What I want to do is put two hard drives (1 20g, 1 10g) into it, and use it as file storage for the two clients....is there anyway to do this without installing an actual os and wasting all that hard drive space on a box that I don't even intend to have a monitor on?
Could I possibly format it NTFS and then use Microsoft Management Console to create a new partition then mount the empty NTFS folder?
If that isn't possible, what other possible suggestions can anybody provide? What about a small Linux distro that would allow the box to function as a file server for windows XP?
The machine has network boot as an option, so I can install an os....but I'd really like it to be something that won't require much knowledge to use, I can deal with Linux, but my roommate is pretty computer illiterate and I'm not real into spending every waking moment trying to sort out his issues (which would at least double having to learn Linux commands).
How about Active Directory and storage objects? would that be a consideration in this instance?
I'm really very open to suggestions here, I'm capable with windows operating systems and decent with Linux commands, I have a fairly firm grasp on network protocols and am VERY open to all suggestions on this.