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    How to make a Netbook into a torrentbox / file server us

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    How to make a Netbook into a torrentbox / file server us

    Post  Peppies™ on 13th February 2011, 19:04

    Difficulty Level: Easy-to-Moderate.


    I decided to turn a Netbook into a dedicated torrent box and file server for a convenient always-on-low-power-consumption-"server"

    Step 1: Get really bored
    Step 2: Purchase a cheap netbook (I chose a Dell Mini 9 ($129 at the time))
    Step 3: Grab a spare HDD
    Step 4: Download an image of Ubuntu desktop edition

    Go ahead and blow away that crappy pre-customized Ubuntu distro first off. Then once you have successfully installed Ubuntu go to Synaptic Package Manager and install Samba (smbserv).

    Once completed, open up terminal and root in.
    Type "cd /etc/samba"
    type "gedit smb.conf"

    Copy and Paste this in there...just blow away all that is in there

    Quote:
    global]
    panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
    workgroup = "INSERT-WORKGROUP-NAME-HERE"
    netbios name = "INSERT-NETBIOS-NAME-HERE"
    invalid users = root
    security = user
    wins support = no
    log file = /var/log/samba.log
    log level = 3
    max log size = 1000
    syslog = 1
    encrypt passwords = true
    passdb backend = smbpasswd
    socket options = TCP_NODELAY
    dns proxy = no
    passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
    passwd chat =*Enter\snew\sUNIX\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\sUNIX\spassword:* %n\n .
    obey pam restrictions = yes
    pam password change = no
    null passwords = no
    usershare owner only = false
    #Share Definitions

    [homes]
    comment = Home Directories
    browseable = yes
    writable = yes
    security mask = 0700
    create mask = 0700




    (Note this is mostly shared code with a few lines inserted in. I cannot take personal credit for it)

    Save and exit

    Type "/etc/init.d/samba restart"
    Insert new smb passwd
    Type "smbpasswd -a INSERT-NETBIOS-NAME-HERE"

    Once completed....

    Open up Nautilus and right click on the directory you wish to share. I am far from proficient via terminal so I prefer the GUI option. Click 'Share Folder' insert the obvious information-here boxes. Go to your main PC (I use Windows 7 and not Linux for Gaming) and map the drives as such:

    \\your-ip-address\share-name
    enter your credentials

    YOU ARE 1/2 WAY DONE!

    This part is easy...

    Open up preferences and click on Remote Desktop
    Click enable and "do not sent authorization"- this way you don't have to click YES on the Netbook every time you want to obtain access.

    Go to your main PC (if you are using Linux moot this step)

    Download VNC viewer.
    Enter the IP address of the device
    done.

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