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Old 03-24-2010, 08:29 AM   #1
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Best Server OS for my network


I have a network(s) with 2 internet connections, cable and satellite. Abnormal part: One thin client will be manipulated by my computer (which is on the "cable" network), but the thin client will have it's internet access through the satellite network.

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Which server OS should I use? The server will just be used to serve files & offer VNC access & RDP functions. I really like the look of Smoothwall & ClearOS. Maybe I will have a separate PC for a firewall. The network will have computers with XP, Windows 7, OSX, and *nix.

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i have xrdp running on fedora-12. seems pretty quick considering its on an acer revo 1600.

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Old 03-24-2010, 11:03 AM   #4
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I would STRONGLY recommend a separate computer or Firewall device. If you are looking at a computer for a Firewall take a look at PFSense. It is BSD rather than linux, but it is full featured. It includes several VPN options, allows for multiple WAN interfaces . . .

As for File Server, I would use your favorite Flavor of Linux. Redhat has been mentioned, Open SUSE is another option, Cent OS would be another. Look for an OS that has packages for all the things you want to do.

Good Luck.


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