Turn my desktop into a server type thing

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Vanquished, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    Hey, I was wondering if there is any free way for me to turn my desktop into a server, without reformatting it. I need to be able to access my desktop from over the internet and get access to my files, I'm hoping to use it as a sort of online backup system. Anybody have any ideas.
     
  2. kcnychief

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    Hardware speaking, a desktop machine can run a server OS, but you would need to pay for the cost of the license if it's Windows based. I'm not too familiar but I'm sure there are Linux server versions you can run free.

    Not sure of a way you could access files from another OS over the internet without some type of service running - but you could theoretically dual boot and have those files on another partition and access them from the file system itself.
     
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    if all you want is to access your desktop and files, I would suggest Hamachi

    If you want a file server of sorts, depending on the number of simultaneous connections you expect, you could also setup a FTP server using XP and/or Vista..
     
  5. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    Yea, I really only care about accessing and transfering files over the net. I dont even need to be able to control the desktop. How would I go about setting up the ftp thing, its running vista btw. Thanks for the responses
     
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    I totally misunderstood what you were asking, my apologies.

    Hamachi is a great start - but if you just want FTP, I can recommend BulletProof FTP as I run that on my Vista box at home. I like how they have a page you can enter in your details and they will test to make sure everything is setup properly such as Port Forwarding, PASV mode and DynDNS if applicable.

    I'll link to the page later on when I'm home.

    -edit-

    http://www.bpftp.com/

    Also, Filezilla has a server option for FTP that would be free - BPFTP is a paid for product.
     
  7. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    sweet thanks
     
  8. Dark Atheist

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    ioFTPD or you could use built in ftp that comes with vista, bulletproof is a good one if you want something simple
     
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  12. fitz

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    It's a bit over kill.. as Vanq already stated, he's not really interested in full blown remote control of the desktop.
    Yes, LogMeIn can be used to transfer files, but i don't beleive you can do that with the free account version of LogMeIn. And an FTP server is much faster/quicker overall for what he wants to do.
     
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    rubix08 OSNN One Post Wonder

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    ahhh... well im not sure then :)
     
  14. Tuffgong4

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    I use Logmein.com to get into my machine but for getting access to my files, I use HFS. it's a simple http server that works great, can create accounts and give upload access to those accounts...I have all the access I need...i also use dyndns to access my file server and it works great.
     
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    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    Thanks everyone, I think im going to try and use FileZilla server, does anyone know how I would go about setting it up. i tried to do it a week ago, but i was unable to make my desktop open as a server. I am connecting through a Belkin router as well.
     
  17. Dark Atheist

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    you will have to forward the ports to that pc - ftp port (which ever you choose) and pasv ports
     
  18. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    yea, i tried that. Now what would the connecting address be, to connect into the desktop from the other pc?
     
  19. Dark Atheist

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    normally lans use 192.168.x.x addresses, if you are going to be using ftp service i would advise setting its ip as static.

    so if your pc is 192.168.100.1 and server is 192.168.100.2 - you would use the .2 address, everyone else would have to use your external ip address
     
  20. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    So, what if i want to access it externally. just use my external ip from comcast, and then how do i signify the correct pc?