Converting an old desktop computer into all remote app & file server

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    Hello Fellow Geek Monsters!
    I have an old gaming PC just sitting around collecting dust and I figured, “Hey I can do something with that!”. So the next Big thought was how cool would it be to have my own remote server (for storage, back up, database, web server or even cloud). since I’m in my final year of school I’ve grown tired of carrying around the right flash drive, worrying about disk space, etc etc

    I wanted to know if at all possible can I turn this old relic into a winner? I have a 3TB Western Digital (Green) HHD, I’m not sure how many gigs of ram I need or how much it can be upgraded to, and I also have a copy of RHEL 7 in my posession but don’t know what to do.

    I basically want to be able to store all my data from assignments, movies, music, etc. and be able to access my data remotely (In case I get some where and dont have the proper portable disk or what ever) .

    Before I rant on any further I just want to know if this is possible on this old PC of mine, what software do I need, and where are the tutorials for this so I don’t have to constantly bug the crap out of all you Jedi Mind melders out there.

    Thank You

    P.S. I’m currently using Linux Fedora 21 on my modern desktop and an android tablet for mobile. I will be purchasing a sytem76 laptop in the mere future!!!!

    Can I use NoMachine to do this????


    Hi apacheomega,

    To answer your questions, yes, NoMachine can do all of that 🙂 That’s exactly what it’s for. By installing NoMachine for Linux on the server you want to transform you will be able to access it remotely and all the data that is on it. It will be as if you were sitting in front of your computer at home: work on documents, listen to your tracks, watch your movies, transfer files to where you are and so on.

    To get started you can refer to:

    Other tutorials are in the support tab of the website, scroll down until you get to Documents & Tutorials.

    Based on what you have written, there is no need for a huge amount of RAM. There should be enough to run a system. 1GB should do though you could probably get by with less than that. Red Hat is among the supported distros, as is Fedora.

    The software is designed to work on computers with minimal HW requirements. Although the software may work with inferior CPUs or reduced RAM, for best performance NoMachine recommends you match the listed requirements.

    • Intel Core2 Duo, AMD Athlon Dual-Core or equivalent
    • 1 GB RAM
    • 74 MB free disk space
    • Network connection (either a LAN, or Internet link: broadband, cable, DSL, etc.)

    If you are using NoMachine for Android as your client, not all services will be available such as printing and smartcard authentication.


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