Pierre Alain Wichert – Turn an Old PC into a $2,000 Server
Name Product: Pierre Alain Wichert – Turn an Old PC into a $2,000 Server
Market price: $95
Instructor: Pierre-Alain Wichert
File Size: 830 MB
Learn how to turn a computer into your own top class Network Attached Storage server with freely available software.
Did you buy a new computer and you still have the older one lying around? In that case, you probably asked yourself what to do with that old PC or laptop that you really liked… As a matter of fact, it is still working very well but is just not powerfull enough anymore for your current needs. Well, do not trash or send it to that community in Burkina Faso yet: you can give it a new life by transforming it into a very powerful $2,000 server!
In this course, you will learn step by step how to use freely available software to do exactly that: take a 64-bit computer that is obsolete by today’s standards and turn it into an NAS (Network Attached Storage).
As of Wikipedia, here is their definition of a NAS:
“Network-attached storage (NAS) is a file-level computer data storage server connected to a computer network providing data access to a heterogeneous group of clients. NAS is specialized for serving files either by its hardware, software, or configuration.”
Storing and sharing files is only one of the features of your future NAS! In this course, you will learn how to use it as a backup machine as well as a powerful media server… and this is only a small part of what the software is capable to do.
Synology’s software being easy to use, I will be showing you the basics to get started. After that, with the straightforward user interface of the system, you will very easily go your own way with your new server and add new functionnalities according to your needs or desires!
Synology, the builder of renowned NAS servers, has released the operating system of their machines as Open Source. This has led a group of ingenious persons to the creation of XPEnology, which is the software that you will be using to do all this. Thanks to both Synology and XPEnology you will be able to create your own NAS at a fraction of the cost of a DS3615xs (which is the model you will be emulating). In fact, if you already have that old PC we talked about earlier, it will cost you nothing more than about half and hour of your time to set it up :o)
What are the requirements?
A computer with a 64-bit Intel/AMD based processor (this will be your NAS and you will not be able to use it for anything else afterwards…)
Another computer to access your future NAS
A USB memory stick that will be used to boot the server
To connect your NAS to a network, you will need… well… a network… (If you have a broadband router with a WiFi, you have a network)
Basic computer literacy is enough to follow the course (dealing with files and using a web browser are the main tasks that will be used)
What am I going to get from this course?
Over 24 lectures and 2 hours of content!
Learn how to use freely available software to transform a computer into a file server to be used at home (NAS: Network Attached Storage)
Be able to backup files from your computer (and those of your whole family…) over the network to your new NAS
Use your NAS as a media server to, for example, stream your movies to a TV or tablet, or listen to your music on your smartphone
Know the key differences between building a NAS and buying one
What is the target audience?
Do you have one or more computer at home and have no idea of what a server is? This course will give you a good idea and you may even setup a server by yourself as no special networking knowledge is required!
If you have an older computer (64-bit processor) lying around and you wondered what to do with it, this course will show you how to transform it into a very useful server: no need to trash it yet!
If, like me, you have an old Synology NAS that you cannot upgrade to their more recent 5.x DSM software, you can try it out with what you’ll learn in this course. Their software being Open Source, you can freely and legally use it on other hardware than their own.
If you already know what a NAS is and have a good one at home, this is probably not a course that you will need, especially if you are the lucky owner of a recent Synology server :o)
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