File servers are increasingly becoming the norm as it gives location for shared disk access whereby various files such as media documents, databases folders and files. You need a file server so as to store your files.
Sometimes, file servers help to reduce the stress of copying folders or document from one computer to another as a network of computers can access shared information in the file server simultaneously.
File server can be run through several programs but in this post, Windows Report team have compiled this list.
Best file server software to install in 2018
Amahi server also gives users to stream and share media files all devices connected to the server. It also gives users the ability to create server from simplified context template. Users can also get various plugins from the app store such as SickBeard, SabNZBD, or Plex Media Server
Amahi server also enables cloud synchronisation, VPN and it also comes with an app store while the base system and some plugins are free, users will have to pay extra for premium plugins.
This ideal file server software has a wonderful and simple web interface that simplifies complex task for faster and easier handling by users. This software also comes with customizable features with the ability of users to add various plugins such as CouchPotato, bit torrent, Maraschino, HTPC Manager and Plex server
In addition, Free NAS also comes with advanced security features such as the snap shot and file replication feature. The software also allows sharing support such as SMB/CIFS (for Windows), NFS, AFP, FTP, iSCS. However, Free NAS comes with one of the largest app stores.
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Ubuntu server is one of the oldest and most popular file servers used in the world with its use of automated installation which makes it easy for beginners to use. You can integrate other file storage systems with Ubuntu Server. In addition, you can enjoy their friendly support courtesy of Ubuntu customer service program.
Ubuntu also gives regular updates to their servers and supports various computer languages such as python, PHP 5, Perl and others. It also supports database such as MySQL, DB2 (supported by IBM) and Oracle Database Express.
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ClearOS is an open source platform to give a nice interface which users find easy to use. Its open source technologies users to access the ClearOS home server experience, users can also decide to only pay for products and services they need.
You can expand this file server software with plugins. In addition, it has a user-friendly intuitive web-based graphical user interface.
Furthermore, ClearOS also has a nice app store with over 200 apps and plugins. Also, ClearOS is available in over 80 languages
In conclusion, the software we mentioned above are ideal for file server applications in your network settings. Ubuntu is my top pick although others such as free NAS and Amahi comes close.
However, Windows Home server is good, but it is outdated; hence, your choice depends on the functionality and features desired.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.