The perfect Home Server???

  jonnytub 19:04 23 Aug 04

Hi all, i have an old toshiba laptop, 1.13ghz 512 ram, xp pro, 20 gb hdd, external hd 160gb.

I was thinking about building a networked home server out of it to satisfy my uncurable curiosity, (basically to see if i can).
Before i thought about recycling an old pc to do the job but didn't want the bulk of an atx tower in my coat cupboard. Then i remembered my wife's laptop that was basically resigned to the back of the cupboard once the novelty factor wore off and has been there ever since.

I thought that due to the size of this machine, built in screen and keyboard, fact that if the power went out the battery could support the machine for a good 4-5 hours without the screen flipped up, it would be perfect as a slimline home server i could stick just about anywhere. Has anyone used a laptop before as a server, what sort of obstacles can i expect, what would you guys recommend the os of choice to be for servers??

Also any other advice would be appreciated.

  smokingbeagle 19:17 23 Aug 04

click here
Sorry about pointing you to another forum, but it has most of the info you require. I am planning to use a P2 400Mhz using Smoothwall - if I ever get time off from the drudgery that is work.

  spikeychris 19:28 23 Aug 04

There are no obstacles and I see laptops as servers all the time. Force the laptop to stay powered up and your sorted.

  jonnytub 20:00 23 Aug 04

many thanks fella's, any ideas about os? linux perhaps?

  jonnytub 20:16 23 Aug 04

how do yo mean "force the laptop to stay powered up"?, you mean make sure it doesn't go into standy, switch disks off etc,??

  jonnytub 20:17 23 Aug 04

how do yo mean "force the laptop to stay powered up"?, you mean make sure it doesn't go into standby, switch disks off etc,??

  jonnytub 20:18 23 Aug 04

spot the difference :-D

  Mister Splendid©®™! 20:54 23 Aug 04

Gold star for me :-)))))

  smokingbeagle 21:24 23 Aug 04

Both IPCop and Smoothwall (see posting above) work as stand alones.

  jonnytub 21:52 23 Aug 04

Many thanks for that, posted before i had fully read your link. Already got the bootable cd done and raring to go, i will let you guys know how i get on, no doubt in the form of a posting in the helproom lol.

Mister Splendid©®™! ***** thats five gold stars :-)

  jonnytub 00:02 24 Aug 04

anymore suggestions for os? smoothwall and ipcop don't recognise my network adaptor and so will not install, even through the manual selection and parameter setting.

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