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Old 02-16-2005, 11:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For my first post I have a somewhat long question and I am seeking some second opinions.
First off .....I use computers, not configure them. That said ---in the configuration dept I am a complete moron. I do however have a neighbors genius 17 year old that keeps me jammin'....Here is my setup in my home...


I have 3 dual boot Laptops Windows XP Pro & Suse Pro Linux (Wireless Netgear)
3 Desktops with XP pro (wired)
2 Desktops with Suse Pro (wired)
A Lazerjet printer HP 940c (usb)
A 1260 Nec Lazer printer (parrallel)
OkiData Led thermal printer (wired)
All desktops have 19 inch LCD's
DSL with Sprint, Earthlink..
Everything is networked together, prints, computers linked, works great..

My neighbors wiz kid genius 17 year old that helps me keep this getup humming like a top goes off to college next year (scary) and tells me I should get a server.

He tells me that I need one forth of this set up and that this is way overkill.
His intent is to utilize freeBSD for the server setup...
Money is not so much an issue as is dependablilty and long term usage.
I am clueless as to how a server would help my current situation. He claims it will.
Everything I have now functions great.
Will a server really make that much of a difference?
Is it worth the effort in terms of payoff and performance?
Here is what I selected.........

Any opinions are greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

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Memory 1 :
512MB DDR400 PC3200 Memory (Use For DDR333)
Memory 2 :
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Memory 3 :
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Memory 4 :
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Controller Card 2 :
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Hot Swap Trays 2 :
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Hard Drive 1 :
200Gb 7200RPM 8Mb Buffer Serial ATA150 HDD
Hard Drive 2 :
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Hard Drive 5 :
None
Hard Drive 6 :
None
Hard Drive 7 :
None
Hard Drive 8 :
None
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Removable Media 2 :
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Video Card 2 :
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Network Card 2 :
Realtek 8139 10/100BT PCI Ethernet Card
Modem :
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Sound Card 1 :
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Sound Card 2 :
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Old 02-17-2005, 12:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I agree with you a server is not necessary for 5 pcs.

edit: err make that 8.

still not necessary
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i depends what you use the other pcs for... if you use the other pcs do dl and store stuff then a server it perfect.

does suse pro support netgear wirless adaptors?? whitch ones?
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Well to help answer your question, first, what is the use and the purpose of your current setup? He might be thinking along th elines that if you had one pc store your data or files or anything else and have one or two access it, it would be simplier. But to help you, we need to know why you have you current set up.
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Old 02-17-2005, 01:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Excuse me if I don't make sense. I am half asleep.

I don't see why you would need a *server*. There is no need for this with your current setup, and I see it as a waste of money.

HOWEVER: If you slap a couple 200 gig hdd's in it, you can use it to store files. You could also use it to network all your computers to it the cenntral forr uhm all yours tuff like printers.

Considering you have a lot of computers, you could just say screw one computer and make it as the server. For example, it could have a large harddrive for sharing files, etc. Or it could as I said be the central for yor printers, etc. I did this kind of setup when I had Win2k3 but I trashed it becuase I dont have a need for it.

By the way, if you don't mind me asking, whatts the points of having so many computers? You a programmer or a lot of family members ^_~
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