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Which server OS for home office

A fileserver needs to go to a home office.

The current hardware is an approx 5yr old PC with HighPoint RocketRaid 2340 RAID Card 16 ports) and it used as a fileserver. Current OS is FreeNAS, but due to driver conflicts we might need to move to another OS. As mentioned mainly fileserver ftp etc capabilities are needed, no domain, active directories etc.

I have no experience to administrate linux boxes, so the alternative would be a windows machine. Is there a reason why I shouldn't use up an old vista ultimate license that I've got in a draw? I know that it's not the "server" OS, nor is it light on the HW (such as win7)? Should I go for Server 2003 or 2008 instead and if yes then why?

Any advice and discussion very welcome
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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Alongside the number of connections, what other reason should make me consider server as opposed to home OS?
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Snibborg,
Thank you. I've never heard of SME server, would other linux flavours such as Ubuntu fit the bill too, or is this more of a workstation? (I do want a GUI as opposed to a command line job.

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Thank you. Ram and processor are no problem for me, as the fasted home setup will be more than sufficient for the server.

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Even though WHS seems like a great idea, there are quite a few things that I see wrong with it. Firstly, all files copied onto it first go onto the system drive. Say, it's 500GB, I wouldn't be able to copy in one go more than the size of the system drive minus OS. Even though I don't like Vista (7 is a bit better), I'd happily go with anything but WHS... just my 2 cents :-)

So far Vista is the best contender.
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I ended up using win7, as vista was just too unreliable with my HighPoint RocketRAID card. Thank you for all your help!
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