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What Server OS is easrier to install and easier to administrate? please help me.

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June 17, 2014 3:37:35 AM

I have 4 options for server operating system,Windows2003, PFsense, Linux or CLEAROS.

Which of this OS are easier to install and administrate?

June 17, 2014 3:43:10 AM

If you have the money pick up Windows sever 2012. 2003 is really old
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June 17, 2014 3:51:01 AM

lukelaw said:
If you have the money pick up Windows sever 2012. 2003 is really old


Is it easier to administer? and how about linux? what linux based OS should i pick?
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June 17, 2014 3:53:22 AM

I'm not sure about what's the best but linux is only good if your a programmer or know a programmer who can tailor it to your needs
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June 17, 2014 3:55:32 AM

lukelaw said:
I'm not sure about what's the best but linux is only good if your a programmer or know a programmer who can tailor it to your needs


oh. so you suggest windows based Server? :) 
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June 17, 2014 3:56:23 AM

Always do :)  look at reviews online to find out info on what's best for YOU :) 
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June 17, 2014 3:58:46 AM

lukelaw said:
Always do :)  look at reviews online to find out info on what's best for YOU :) 


Thankyou so much sir :) 
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June 17, 2014 4:02:06 AM

Not a problem :) 
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June 17, 2014 9:04:39 AM

The first question to ask is what is the purpose of the server? If you are trying to integrate other Microsoft clients, then obviously a Microsoft server OS. Do you just need something that will run without a keyboard and video unattended or are you resource ($$$ or HW) constrained ? Then maybe linux is OK. Without some context as to WHY, a pat answer of Windows server 2012 may not be optimum.
Since you included PFSense as an option, it seems like you are attempting to create a router/firewall...
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June 17, 2014 6:50:28 PM

kanewolf said:
The first question to ask is what is the purpose of the server? If you are trying to integrate other Microsoft clients, then obviously a Microsoft server OS. Do you just need something that will run without a keyboard and video unattended or are you resource ($$$ or HW) constrained ? Then maybe linux is OK. Without some context as to WHY, a pat answer of Windows server 2012 may not be optimum.
Since you included PFSense as an option, it seems like you are attempting to create a router/firewall...


my purpose is just file sharing, video stream, for home purposes only. so what server os can you suggest?
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June 17, 2014 7:29:14 PM

If it is a home server, for the purposes you describe, I wouldn't get a server at all. I would get a dedicated NAS unit. No OS to manage (handled by the vendor via firmware updates). Look at QNAP, Synology, or Thecus. A two bay NAS unit is relatively inexpensive and can do everything you want with minimum fuss and less power usage than a server.

Check out the articles over at SmallNetBuilder http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas -- Look at the reviews, especially the embedded OS reviews. Compare features etc. I personally recommend Synology to all my friends because I believe they embedded OS is very polished. Buy quality disks line WD Red which are optimized for NAS service.
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