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Posted · Original PosterOP

Yeah, this might be a strange one... But what the heck, maybe someone might be able to help.

 

I've built myself a small form factor PC:

CPU: AMD Athlon 5350 Quad Core

GPU: Integrated with CPU R3 Radeon

MOBO: Asrock AM1B-ITX

PSU: Zalman ZM400-LE

SSD: AMD Radeon 120GB (it was on sale, and it had quite good review, don't judge me :D)

HDD: 2x WD Red 3TB, 64MB cache, 7200rpm

ODD: BLU-RAY REC LG BH16NS55

Case: Cooler Master Elite 130

PC itself runs on Windows atm.

 

The PC itself works great, it boots up really fast, it's really quiet and it makes almost no noise (with 2 case fans, 1 cpu fan and 1 psu fan spinning). Ideal for my home, where I do not have much space. Ok, I digress.

 

What is the problem?

I wanted to set this PC as a HTPC/storage server - so I could keep my media files on a separate PC and if I wanted to just watch something, I'd rather sit on the couch and turn the TV on. Also, it would be a great storage for my YouTube stuff aswell - to have a backup, just in case.

At first, I wanted to just join my PCs to one homegroup and call it a day, but I started to wonder if a domain wouldn't be a better solution - especially when considering safety. 

Right now, all my PCs are connected to a combo unit provided by my ISP and I also have a separate router (Linksys E1000) set up as a bridge for wireless connecting (for my PS3, PS Vita, phone and laptop). My question is - is it better for safety and overall accessibility to set up a domain controller on my small PC as well? And if yes, just how to do it? Will the router be useful in this solution at all?
I've never set up a domain myself (I use it @ my work, though) but i know this - I don't want any files to be stored on a server regarding the account data - only logins and passwords. Is it managable? Does that make any sense?


"SteamBox" -> CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 | RAM: Crucial 2x8GB 1600MHz Ballistix Sport CL9 DDR3 | MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H rev 1.1 | GPU: Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 Aorus Extreme 6GB | PSU: Corsair VS Series 550W | Storage: SSD: Silicon Power Slim S55 120GB / HDD: Hitachi Travelstar 7K1000 1TB & WD Blue 1TB | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Cooling: Cooler Master Seidon 120v ver. 2 | Displays: Benq GW 2255 | Case: Corsair Spec-01 Red

 

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3 minutes ago, Xaryon said:

Yeah, this might be a strange one... But what the heck, maybe someone might be able to help.

 

I've built myself a small form factor PC:

CPU: AMD Athlon 5350 Quad Core

GPU: Integrated with CPU R3 Radeon

MOBO: Asrock AM1B-ITX

PSU: Zalman ZM400-LE

SSD: AMD Radeon 120GB (it was on sale, and it had quite good review, don't judge me :D)

HDD: 2x WD Red 3TB, 64MB cache, 7200rpm

ODD: BLU-RAY REC LG BH16NS55

Case: Cooler Master Elite 130

PC itself runs on Windows atm.

 

The PC itself works great, it boots up really fast, it's really quiet and it makes almost no noise (with 2 case fans, 1 cpu fan and 1 psu fan spinning). Ideal for my home, where I do not have much space. Ok, I digress.

 

What is the problem?

I wanted to set this PC as a HTPC/storage server - so I could keep my media files on a separate PC and if I wanted to just watch something, I'd rather sit on the couch and turn the TV on. Also, it would be a great storage for my YouTube stuff aswell - to have a backup, just in case.

At first, I wanted to just join my PCs to one homegroup and call it a day, but I started to wonder if a domain wouldn't be a better solution - especially when considering safety. 

Right now, all my PCs are connected to a combo unit provided by my ISP and I also have a separate router (Linksys E1000) set up as a bridge for wireless connecting (for my PS3, PS Vita, phone and laptop). My question is - is it better for safety and overall accessibility to set up a domain controller on my small PC as well? And if yes, just how to do it? Will the router be useful in this solution at all?
I've never set up a domain myself (I use it @ my work, though) but i know this - I don't want any files to be stored on a server regarding the account data - only logins and passwords. Is it managable? Does that make any sense?

I find domain a little overkill for what I do, but after you have it set up its pretty easy to use. The problem is that you have to buy Windows server to host domain. The homegroup does the same job and easier (also cheaper)


 

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
14 minutes ago, peterino55 said:

I find domain a little overkill for what I do, but after you have it set up its pretty easy to use. The problem is that you have to buy Windows server to host domain. The homegroup does the same job and easier (also cheaper)

Yeah, I thought so aswell. The W. Server is not a problem, though. I was just wondering if that makes any sense or is it, in fact, an overkill.


"SteamBox" -> CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 | RAM: Crucial 2x8GB 1600MHz Ballistix Sport CL9 DDR3 | MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H rev 1.1 | GPU: Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 Aorus Extreme 6GB | PSU: Corsair VS Series 550W | Storage: SSD: Silicon Power Slim S55 120GB / HDD: Hitachi Travelstar 7K1000 1TB & WD Blue 1TB | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Cooling: Cooler Master Seidon 120v ver. 2 | Displays: Benq GW 2255 | Case: Corsair Spec-01 Red

 

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4 minutes ago, Xaryon said:

Yeah, I thought so aswell. The W. Server is not a problem, though. I was just wondering if that makes any sense or is it, in fact, an overkill.

I've got my own Windows Domain at home. I've got 2 networks. Private and Public. :) I don't think it's overkill at all. :D 

 


CPU: i5 4690 |CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Evo | Motherboard: Z97-A | RAM: 4x4GB Kingston Memory 1600mhz | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB Zotac Mini | Case: K280 Case | PSU: Cooler Master B600 Power supply | SSD: 120GB Kingston V300 SSD | HDDs: 1x 250GB & 1x 1TB WD Blue | Monitors: 24" Acer S240HLBID + 20" Dell  | OS: Win 10 Pro

 

Audio: Behringer 302USB Xenyx 5 Input Mixer | Neewer® NW-700 Microphone | Behringer PS400 Micropower Phantom Power Supply

 

Networking gear:  Dell OptiPlex 390 Domain Controller | Dell PowerEdge R210 II Exchange 2016 | TP-LINK TL-SG1024D 24-Port Gigabit | Cisco ASA 5505 VPN  | Cisco Catalyst 3750 Gigabit Switch

 

 

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Definitely overkill for essentially hosting a NAS!

 

Use a homegroup and Windows Shares for ease :) 

 

Oh and also consider RAID1 for those drives in case you get one that dies!

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