Things You Need to Know When Setting Up Your Own Linux File Server

DIY home file servers are gaining popularity nowadays because of their low cost. However, setting up one isn’t easy. You should have adequate knowledge of computers to be able to set up one. Here are some things you need to consider when building your own web based Linux file sharing server.

Core Applications
Once you have the operating system installed, you need to install the core applications to be able to run a web server. A LAMP stack is the common configuration for a web server. The acronym stands for Linux, Apache HTTP server, MySQL and PHP.

File Server
Depending on your needs, you can install an HTTP file server or an FTP file server. Each protocol has their own advantages and disadvantages.

Web Based Front End
The front end gives you the graphical interface for managing the file server. You can install one that contains a built-in file manager so you can do file operations directly on a browser.

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