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

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

Which of this OS are easier to install and administrate?
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  1. If you have the money pick up Windows sever 2012. 2003 is really old
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. 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? :)
  5. Always do :) look at reviews online to find out info on what's best for YOU :)
  6. lukelaw said:
    Always do :) look at reviews online to find out info on what's best for YOU :)


    Thankyou so much sir :)
  7. Not a problem :)
  8. 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 ($$$ or HW) constrained ? Then maybe linux is OK. Without some context as to WHY, a pat answer of Windows server 2012 may not be optimum.
    Since you included PFSense as an option, it seems like you are attempting to create a router/firewall...
  9. kanewolf said:
    The first question to ask is what is the purpose of the server? If you are trying to integrate other Microsoft clients, then obviously a Microsoft server OS. Do you just need something that will run without a keyboard and video unattended or are you resource ($$$ 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?
  10. 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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