View Full Version : [ubuntu] Help! Can anyone tell me how to setup a file server for my local network?

August 16th, 2010, 03:43 AM

I'm trying to setup a NAS for my network, the only problem is that I can't figure out how to do it. On my network I have about 3 computers however only I only use 2 of them so I thought that maybe I could use the third computer in such a way that I could access it 24/7 from the internet as a server for all of my files (school papers, music etc etc...). The only problem is that I don't know where to get started. Both of the computers I'm currently using are Windows and the one that I,hopefully, can turn into a server is running on Ubuntu. So, any advice or tutorials that someone can point me towards?

Thanks in advance

August 16th, 2010, 04:02 AM
I would recommend setting up a FTP server using vsftpd. There is a basic tutorial to get it set up here (https://help.ubuntu.com/6.06/ubuntu/serverguide/C/ftp-server.html).

August 16th, 2010, 04:06 AM
Have you looked here Network File System (NFS) (https://help.ubuntu.com/10.04/serverguide/C/network-file-system.html)

August 17th, 2010, 02:39 AM
It's been awhile since I tried it - but have you considered something like FreeNAS (http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/)?

The Server Guide (https://help.ubuntu.com/10.04/serverguide/C/index.html) is another good place for ideas.

August 17th, 2010, 04:29 PM

Try EBox Server (Based on Ubuntu)

Its installs a pre-configured Ubuntu server that is completely managed both at the server and remotely using only a web-browser. You can setup shared folders (directories) and access restrictions (based on Samba). You can also configure any other options you want commonly used with Linux such such as SSH, DHCP, DNS, FTP, etc.

It is aimed at a small businesses but should work well for your needs and allow you to have additional features as well.