Re-purposing an old server

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Re-purposing an old server

Postby Michael Walker » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:19 pm

I've just installed a 716+II for a company. As a result of the general office upgrade, I do now have an old SBS 2003 server machine surplus to requirements. It is quite a well-specced machine and, rather than consign it to the skip, I'd like to use it as a back-up machine (just general file-storage, not another NAS as such) for the new Synology box. I have Hyper Backup installed on the NAS, but I note that it only really seems to like talking to other RSYNC enabled devices. Of course, the old server is not natively RSYNC enabled. So, this is what I'm thinking of doing: Removing SBS 2003 from the computer and replacing it with a Linux distro - which does, I believe, natively support RSYNC. Putting it back on the network and pointing the Hyper Backup at it.

My question is: Anyone see a problem with this approach, or maybe know of a better/simpler way of doing this?

Many thanks in advance for any help or pointers.

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