Setting up a server

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  1. sticker

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    Hi all,
    I want to set up a server to act as a music/video/document/internet/mail repository. On the hardware side I pretty OK but I'm not sure what software I'll need especally for the mail side. Can I get away with XP Pro or do I need Win server xxxx or someother form of software?

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    John
     
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    Are you asking about setting up a mail server to send/receive e-mail directly? If so, make sure your ISP allows this and doesn't block port 25, some do.

    For software there's nothing in XP Pro AFAIK, since M$ want you to use Exchange, there are many free solutions one being from Pegasus, who are better know for their e-mail client but their Mercury server is also pretty good for simple mail serving purposes.

    BTW, XP Home is probably all you need unless you're planning on using a dual-processor system or want software-based RAID 5.
     
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    Ah, funny you should ask this. I was about to post asking if there's an idiot's guide to setting up a server. I just want to store music/video, probably add a Nebula Digitv card as well to pipe TV around.

    Any pointers would be appreciated.
     
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    For everything but the mail I use XP Pro on my server.

    My server stores: MP3s, DVDs (VOB), Home Movies(MPEG2) & photos.

    My server runs the following apps:
    Pinnacle Showcenter Media Server (its for my Pinnacle showcenter in the lounge),
    FTP Server,
    DMW Scanner (anticheat software that scans users on a remote server),
    Syslog (captures logging data from my router)

    I have various users setup in windows for access to different materials as some are of the more adult nature and I have children.
     
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    Really just so that I have all the emails in one place conveinience/backup/maintenace etc. AFAIK my ISP doesn't block port 25 so that shouldn't be an issue.
    Thanks for the link to Mercury, I shall have a look.

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    John
     

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