I am currently thinking about setting up a Server which will backup the network, share files on the network and be capable of running VMWare for testing Operating Systems and that.
The thing is... I don't know what OS (Operating System to use). I posted a topic in this same forum (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic152019.html) but I didn't get many responses.
If you havn't read the other topic then I will quickly skim through what the system is already like.
I know that Windows XP Home wouldn't be very good, but this is an old/new system. By old/new I mean that its only about 2 years old but is not used now.
The system is a Acer Aspire SA85
The processor is a Intel Celeron D 352 / 3.2 GHz and it also says 64-bit Computing: Yes
RAM installed is 256Mb
RAM max is 2Gb
RAM type is DDR at 400MHz
1 x SATA integrated Storage controller (2nd)
1 x IDE integrated Storage controller
Hard Drive: 1 x 80 GB - standard - Serial ATA-150
DVD±RW (+R double layer) - IDE
9 in 1 card reader
Network adapter - integrated Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
Expansion Bays Total (Free):
* Front accessible - 5.25" x 1/2H
* 2 ( 1 ) x internal - 3.5" x 1/3H
Expansion Slots Total (Free):
* 3 PCI
* 1 ( 0 ) x processor - LGA775 Socket
* 1 ( 1 ) x AGP 8x
* 6 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ( 2 in front )
* 1 x serial - RS-232 - 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9)
* 1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25)
* 1 x keyboard - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style)
* 1 x mouse - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style)
* 1 x audio - line-out - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
* 2 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ( 1 in front )
* 1 x audio - line-In - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
* 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
* 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11
* 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45
* 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone 3.5mm ( 1 in front )
Operating system / software
OS Provided: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Software: Cyberlink PowerDVD , NTI CD-Maker Gold Edition, Adobe Acrobat Reader 7, Norton Antivirus 2006
I am a bit of a Linux newbie and I have heard about Debian being very powerful but not very user friendly (for newbies like me). I do play around with Ubuntu Desktop, but can't really get around with the Server versions, mainly because I don't know how to set things up using the CLI (Command Line Interface See, I do know some stuff about Linux!).
I did download a copy of XP Pro Student (it's used in schools and colleges to show the installation process = no need for activation) by torrent. But I do and I don't want to use it. I do want to use it because I can remotely manage it (RDP), but I don't because I don't want to get caught using a proper non-licensed Microsoft product.
The RAM can be upgraded to 2Gb which is very good as I might be running a few virtual machines on it for testing purposes.
I was thinking about having a hot-swap drive bay and I found these:
So that I can backup the backups and keep that hard drive away from the server.
I hope that this isn't long-winded but I hope that you will be able to help me choose which OS would be best.
Thanks in advance
EDIT: links didn't work
Edited by pcmaddeanp, 29 June 2008 - 06:18 AM.