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Do I Need Windows Server?


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#1 deanpcmad

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 11:43 AM

Hey,

Do I need Windows Server?

I am going to be backing up and file sharing on another PC.

Thanks
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Posted 13 January 2008 - 10:04 PM

deanpcmad,

Short answer - No, you do not.
Unless you want to be a server.

Long answer -
To backup and fileshare, just in both computers setup the folders to share with correct permissions for users.
Then when you want to move files etc, you will have to login to the 'other' computer using the correct user name and password (XP uses some unsafe, global thing called Guest, but 2000 has a real user list).

Also make sure not to set up domain. Make both computers members of a workgroup of the same name instead.
Microsoft defaults to MSHOME. You can call it anything you want, so long as both computers use the same workgroup name.
If you wish, permit NetBios on the TCP/IP protocol so you can see the names of the computer you assigned in the computer properties.

When, in the Network neighborhood (aka My network places) you traverse directories on the other computer, the WIndows explorer folder should then show something like
\\otherPCname\MyFilesToCopy\...
and your first computer will show
\\firstPCname\DestinationForFiles\...

You can also map the drives, but get started with this.

If you have a firewall, make sure to permit communication and filesharing within your LAN, but not the internet.
Hope this helps some :thumbsup:

Edited by tos226, 13 January 2008 - 10:06 PM.


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Posted 14 January 2008 - 12:07 AM

for easy backup, use a thing called ptreplicator, part of karens power tools

google for it...it is quite powerful and very handy to have
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Posted 16 January 2008 - 02:22 PM

Thanks for the replys!

4ward_tristan what do you mean by the ptreplicator being powerful?
What can you actually do with it?

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 06:15 PM

as in compare source to destination, only replace modified files, schedule multiple custom backups, the whole program does *not* fall over when it encounters a error etc...

very handy for anything file-copy related! especially if you are copying a few GB's worth of data...
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:50 AM

Oh I see now! Thanks!

I am thinking of doing Backup Rotations as well so which would be best?
* Grandfather, Father, Son
* Tower of Hanoi
* Round Robin

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