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I am setting up

By zlitocook ·
A small network at home. I had a Win98 peer to peer before but now I want to set up a small Lan. I already set up a Win2k pro work station. What would be better a linux server or a Win2k server? And how hard would the security setup be for both? I have Win98 se and linux redhat 7.1 with server, I need to be able to access the internet and other work stations from the server. And need great security too. But I can not spend alot of money!

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the choice is yours

by kanaant In reply to I am setting up

1st off, redhat and windows2000 will work for you. 1 is free the other cost $$
as per configuration. win2k is slightly easier to configure,but its not as secure.
Redhat is alittle harder to configure but much( and i stress the word MUCH) more secure.
one nice tool to help u in configuring your linux box would be WEBMIN get it at
consider getting redhat 7.2 or 7.3
you will need to get samba running to be able to share files between the 2 systems, and you will need to setup NATTING or a proxy to allow the client Box to get online.
If u picked a microsoft box, its easy to setup internet sharing, and file sharing would not be a problem. the only issue here would be the security, you will need to setup a small firewall onyour server. there are many products on the market (again not Free)to name a few products (Norton personal Firewall, ZoneAlarm, Conseal Firewall..etc)

hope this helps. :)

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Money talks

by adamjedgar In reply to I am setting up

You have summed up your own problem and answered it yourself.

You don't wish to spend lots of money! This basically limits your options to the free trial version of redhat. To purchase any server/client network software is going to cost since you must purchase copies of both.

I would suggest that you check your understanding of both operating systems before you splash out money for either. Since Windows is a standard often installed on home pc's you might find that standardising yournetwork will cause less headaches in the short-term. Having said that, Microsoft's server/client packages don't seem to be all they're cracked up to be. I currently work with an IT manager running a novell netware network who states " a pc runningwindows NT is useless as a networking package, however it makes a great boat anchor!"


Adam Edgar. TAS dept-Davidson High School, NSW Australia

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