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5 Free or Open NAS Servers

Aug 16, 2010, 17:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)

"When the simple file and printer sharing features offered by Windows, Unix/Linux, and Mac aren't enough, you should consider using a network-attached storage (NAS) server.

"NAS servers offer a central place where you can store, access, and share files and documents on the local network, and possibly over the Internet. They are especially useful in multiple operating system environments, as they usually support all the sharing protocols.

"You can buy off-the-shelf NAS servers or enclosures, which are set up and ready to plug into the network. However, to save money and for more customization, you might want to set up your own server. You can install the server software onto any old PC that's loaded with a sizable hard drive(s) and an Ethernet adapter. Once you've installed it, you can unplug the monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

"Here we'll look at five different NAS servers provided by the open source community:"

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