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Using Windows 8.1 as a Server at Home or in a Small Business Nick Rushton

Using Windows 8.1 as a Server at Home or in a Small Business

Nick Rushton

Published October 15th 2014
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Kindle Edition
105 pages
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This guide describes how to setup a home or small business network using a file server based around Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 is a great choice in such environments as it offers the everyday ease and convenience of Windows, but without the additionalMoreThis guide describes how to setup a home or small business network using a file server based around Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 is a great choice in such environments as it offers the everyday ease and convenience of Windows, but without the additional cost and complexity of Windows Server or the unfamiliarity of Network Attached Storage (NAS) boxes. This guide is comprehensive, based around techniques that work in the real world and is written in a friendly and understandable style, along with plenty of illustrations and screenshots. It is aimed at the home, home office or small business user who has some knowledge and experience but who would not necessarily consider themselves to be an expert or enthusiast.Contents:1 GETTING STARTED1.1 The Benefits of a Server-based Network1.2 The Case for Windows 8.1 as a Server1.3 Hardware Considerations for the Server1.4 Editions of Windows 8.11.5 Infrastructure1.6 Location1.7 Electrical Considerations1.8 Printers2 INSTALLATION AND CUSTOMIZATION OF WINDOWS 8.12.1 Standard desktop computer with Windows pre-installed2.2 Blank desktop computer or Micro server2.3 Personalization and Settings2.4 Windows Updates2.5 Power Management2.6 Network Settings2.7 Storage Spaces3 USERS3.1 Creating a User with PC Settings3.2 Creating a User from the Command Prompt4 SHARED FOLDERS4.1 Setting up the Shared Folders4.2 Home Folders5 ACCESSING THE SERVER5.1 From Windows Explorer/File Explorer5.2 Accessing A Shared Folder Using the Run Command5.3 Mapping Drives Manually5.4 Using A Batch File6 MULTIMEDIA & STREAMING6.1 Setting Up Streaming6.2 Playback Media on Other Devices7 USING CLOUD STORAGE SERVICES7.1 Dropbox7.2 Google Drive7.3 Comments about OneDrive8 USING IPADS AND OTHER PORTABLE DEVICES8.1 Accessing the File System with File Browser8.2 Using a Cloud Sync Service8.3 Multimedia Playback8.4 Microsoft Remote Desktop app for iOS8.5 Chromebooks9 BACKUPS9.1 Backing Up the Server9.2 Backing up PCs to the Server9.3 Backing up Windows 7 Computers to the Server8.7 Backing up Windows 8 Computers to the Server10 HOUSEKEEPING AND MONITORING THE HEALTH OF THE SERVER10.1 Applying Windows Updates10.2 Check Disk Space10.3 Optimizing the Hard Drives10.4 Checking the Event Viewer10.5 Anti-Virus & Anti-Malware Software10.6 Remote Desktop