Windows Server on home network?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by senexus, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. senexus

    senexus MDL Novice

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    Dear MDL'ers,

    Looking for your advice. I have 3 HP microservers which I would like to use in my home network: one for media sharing, one for general file sharing and the 3rd for PC backup. I would like to serve files to 2 Win7 desktops, a Win8 HTPC and 1-2 Win7 laptops.

    I am considering using Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and/or Essentials. I used to have WHS 2011 on one microserver, but had to wipe the machine and prefer to migrate away from WHS since it is longer supported.

    I prefer to NOT set up a domain if not necessary.

    What do you suggest as the best way to set this all up cleanly?

    Domain/no domain?
    WS2012R2E as DC with other 2 WS2012R2S servers + the clients?
    All WS2012R2E or all WS2012R2S standalone servers?
     
  2. SvenP

    SvenP MDL Junior Member

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  3. trasher255

    trasher255 MDL Member

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    Three servers! Isn't that overkill?
    Besides, did you think of the energy costs of a setup like that?
     
  4. senexus

    senexus MDL Novice

    Mar 12, 2012
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    SvenP,
    How did you construct your network and servers?


     
  5. senexus

    senexus MDL Novice

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    One might think :)
    I inherited the servers from a virtualization setup and have repurposed them.
    Energy costs not so bad because the servers won't necessarily be on all the time (using lights out, etc.)

     
  6. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    So what is the point of having 3 setup?

    It seems that you do not know what to do with even one....