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I have used dedicated and fast file servers in the past (e.g., Network Appliance).  Does anybody know of a cheap and easy-to-administer file sharing software for a small office environment?  The office has a network and are the PCs run XP.  I am aware that I could enable file/print sharing on a spare PC.  But, is there a popular low-end file sharing software package that I am not aware of?

Thanks
JDF
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johnfaig
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Steve McCarthy, MCSE, MCSA, MCP x8, Network+, i-Net+, A+, CIWA, CCNA, FDLE FCIC, HIPAA Security OfficerIT Consultant, Network Engineer, Windows Network Administrator, VMware AdministratorCommented:
If you are looking on the Cheap, XP Home will allow up to 5 connections and XP Professional will allow up to 10 connections.  That will be your cheapest option.
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SysExpertCommented:
There are small NAS or similar File Servers that are dedicated. maxtor and a few other make them in the $1000 range.

I hope this helps !
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IanThCommented:
you could just use one of the pc's on your lan for file serving in a peer to peer system or workgroup by setting up shares
you could use another for say print serving

it would add to the cpu and hard drive load so pick the fastest pc for file serving

If you just want to add say file storage look for a nat storage device, this will just add a hard drive to your network ( a share )

If you want to do print serving on the network then a cheap print server like a hp jetdirect may help here
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brakk0Commented:
Snap servers are great little appliences. They have a wide range of sizes and types.

http://www.snapappliance.com/page.cfm?name=2200main&nav=2200
http://www.snapappliance.com/page.cfm?name=1100Main&nav=1100


These are good basic ones. It allows access via windows file sharing or FTP or HTTP.


Here is a page with some pricing, but you should look around too.

http://www.backupworks.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=82
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johnfaigAuthor Commented:
I noticed that many of the networking vendors (e.g., Adaptec, Hawking, Linksys) have netowkr attached storage devices.  Any feedback on this category of products?

Thanks again!
JDF
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The--CaptainCommented:
Linux is free...

Cheers,
-Jon
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ro8inmorganCommented:
Yep actually there is a free one only 2 names u need

Linux and Samba
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pseudocyberCommented:
cheap and easy = bad.

You can have it cheap, fast, or good.  Pick 2.
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