How to use comupter as sever
Use a Computer as a Proxy Server
Small networks can still take advantage of a proxy server.
The Microsoft Windows operating system allows you to turn
your computer into a proxy server.
A proxy server is a central computer on the network
connected to the Internet.
Other computers on the network use the machine to connect to
The Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) configurations on the
machine allow you to turn your computer into a proxy server.
Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Control
Double-click "Network and Internet Connections."
Double-click "Network Connections" to view a list
of network card settings.
Right-click your network card icon and select "Properties."
For most users, this icon is labeled "Local
Click the "Advanced" tab.
Check the box named "Allow other network users to
connect through this computer's Internet connection" in the section
labeled "Internet Connection Sharing."
A warning message pops up telling you that your IP is reset
for the proxy computer.
Reboot your computer for the settings to take effect.
You also need to reboot each client machine on the network
to ensure they see the proxy server.
Turn a Computer Into a Server
When you have more than several computers and users who want
to share files and resources, whether in your home or in a small office, you
can convert a computer into a server.
Building a server out of a computer will allow users to
access files whichever computer they use to access them.
An example of the resources that can be shared is a printer
and shared folders such as photos and documents. Here's how to convert a
computer into a server.
Prepare your computer.
Clean up the computer with unnecessary files to save on
If your computer is really old, install the latest operating
software so that it is compatible with the rest of the computers that will
share its resources.
For this example, we are installing Windows XP.
Check the hard drive space or capacity if you have enough.
You can do away with 256MB sized old computer, but you may
want to think about adding more disk space for future needs.
You can easily buy extra internal or external hard drives to
bump up your disk space to a capacity that you would desire.
Try purchasing a 10GB extra disk drive then insert it in
computer or connect via a serial port or USB hub it if it is external drive.
To install the hard drive driver on XP, let the hardware
wizard run you through the options.
You can install the driver with the installation CD software
that your hard drive came with.
Follow the options during installation. ,
Check your computer if the network card (ethernet card) is
functioning properly. if it does not, you would need to install a NIC or
Network Interface Card.
Some old computers have 10 megabit cards, but if you want to
have high network performance and better connectivity through your LAN (Local
Area Network) then you would need to upgrade your NIC by installing a 100
megabit or 10 gigabit NIC.
Install your network card driver using the installation CD
that came with it then follow the installation wizard.
Get a network router. Connect this router to your high
The most common ones to use are Netgear, Linksys or DLink
Choose a wireless router so that if you have wireless users
they can connect easily (plus this will save you on trying to connect cables to
the router all over the place).
Set up your network connections.
Click on "Start," "Control Panel and
"Network and Internet Connections."
Pick a task from the options listed or pick a control panel
icon, in this case "Network Connections."
If you are set up to pick up the IP Address of your computer
automatically, one you have installed your NIC in Step 4 and rebooted, it will
pick up the connections automatically whether plugs in using a LAN or network
cable or using wireless card.
Rename your computer. Name it so that it can easily be
identifiable in your network.
You can either name it simply "SERVER" to be
easily recognized, but it is all up to you how you want to name your server.
To name your server if you are using Windows XP, you can
right-click on "My Computer" then click on "Properties."
Go to "Computer Name" tab then click on
Other Windows operating systems or versions would have this
feature located somewhere else. Read the owner's manual that your computer came
Create a shared folder by going to "My Computer"
and "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents."
Create a new folder by right-clicking on the screen, then
click on "New Folder."
Name the new folder "Shared Files" or anything
that can easily be identifiable.
Take note that on Windows XP, any folder that you create and
then dragged into the "Shared Documents" folder will be automatically
shared by everyone.
You can restrict certain folders by dragging the folder out
of the "Shared Documents" folder, then right-clicking on the file
folder, clicking on "Properties," then the "Sharing" tab
and finally "Make this Folder Private."
Create a shared resource by adding a printer or fax to use.
Go to "Start."
Click on "Printers and Faxes" and "Add a
Printer," then let the installation wizard that came with the printer or
fax guide you.
Name your printer or fax (for example, "Shared
Then once the printer is installed, set it up so that you
can share it by right-clicking on the "Shared Printer," then on
"Properties," "Sharing" tab and finally on "Share this
Connect any computer to your server.
Go to each computer and ensure they are connected on the
Then go to "Start" and "Run," type in
"EXPLORER," then on the menu click on "Tools" and "Map
A window will pop open where you will assign a
"Drive" letter and a "Folder."
Choose any driver letter, for example "G" to
denote "Group" drive or "S" to denote "Shared
Drive," then type in the IP address of the server.
To do this, go to the server, then go to "Start"
and "Run," type in "CMD" then type in "IPCONFIG."
This will display your server's IP address.
Type the IP address on the "Folder" field on the
You can also try if the computer will automatically find it
by choosing the drive letter then clicking on the "Browse" button on
the "Folder" field.
Start using the shared resources by going to the drive
letter that has been assigned on your computer.
Sep 24, 2013 |
Computers & Internet