Linux Home Server - A Guide to Building a Home Server

Building a Home Server

Why would you want to build a Linux Home Server?

Firstly, there are two reasons that I would like to build one, Linux is a free operating system (os). You can use an old computer to store all your digital media, files and folders.

Many people change their computer regularly to keep up to date with the latest technology. This means you will have an extra p.c to use. 

Creating a home server can be quick and fairly straight forward, and of course free with your spare computer.

There are two versions of server software that I like to use, are Amahi or Ubuntu Linux Home Server. Let's start with Amahi, this one is a graphical interface very much like the windows server 2011 version.

Whereas ubuntu is a command line server, these can be downloaded for free, with a 32 bit or 64 bit version.
This depends on the spec of your computer, normally you would use a 32 bit for an older computer.

Amahi Home Server

Whether you use Amahi or Ubuntu, there will be a certain amount of fiddling to get it running properly. 
Don't let this put you off setting up an Amahi home server, it's not too bad; it takes a little patience 
and an hour or two to complete this task.

  1. Download Fedora 14 DVD Fedora link
  2. start the computer from the DVD and follow the step by step instructions.
  3. If you are using a computer purely for a server then select "Entire Drive"It will also inform you - all data will be lost.
  4. When you reach the part of the installation "Software Repository"- click to add additional software.
  5. Enter Repository Name: Amahi and Repository URL:
  6. Remember to plug your server into the network to ensure installation is successful and finish the rest of the install process.
  7. Note - remember to sync with network time

After Fedora has been installed, before you install Amahi home server, go to their website 
Amahi Home Server and register for a free account and get an install code. 
Now you can restart the server and on the Fedora desktop, there will be a link to install Amahi and the process
 will start when you click the link.

You will require your gateway address to retrieve the install code; most router is or
 When I installed my server software, I used the default settings, and that worked fine.

Once you have finished installing the Linux Home Server operating system (ie, Amahi) restart the server and all computers on the network.

Your home server is ready to go. The server can be disconnected from the monitor and keyboard, and you should be able to connect remotely to it using http://hda.

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