December 15th, 2012, 10:20 PM
Considering building a gaming server
And was wondering what is the better and most stable server operating system to use?
I`ve built a PC before, but never a server. Will most likely run up to 3 to 5 FPS games at the same time along with a dedicated TeamSpeak3 server.
This server will not be co-located. Just used for Lan Parties.
December 15th, 2012, 10:41 PM
Pretty much that depends on what games you're planning to host. A lot of games are Windows-only, so that pretty much limits your options.
December 16th, 2012, 11:21 AM
I was leaning toward a Windows based OP anyway.
Yhere have been many over the years. Which one stands out as being secure, and stable?
December 16th, 2012, 11:33 AM
Windows 8 or Windows 7, there's no reason to go with an older version.
December 16th, 2012, 12:33 PM
Arent the server OP systems better optimized to be used for servers? Meaning it`s OP dont have as many serices that want to connect thru an internet connection, keeping the server busy instead of concentrating on hosting the games.
Unless you mean to use a home pc OP and just shut down all these unneeded services.
December 16th, 2012, 07:20 PM
Actually no, the opposite is more likely to be true in your case. Optimization really has nothing to do with the difference between the consumer version and the server version, but it does deal with the services and programs that come with each.
The server version has a lot of extra networking services, DHCP, ActiveDirectory, IIS, multi-user RDP, etc. that come with it that are not included in the consumer version. So, unless you're actually going to be using those, the server version is actually going to have more services using the network connection. However, it actually doesn't matter because the amount of network resources those services consume when active but not being used is so minimal that it wouldn't impact your game hosting anyway.
Except for the largest of LANs, you would normally be relying on a router to handle DHCP and wouldn't have any use for things like AD and IIS.
December 16th, 2012, 09:23 PM
I`m running Vista 64bit now on this home pc. Never touched Win 7 or 8.
Originally Posted by E-Oreo
Think Vista would do well as an OP for the server?
December 16th, 2012, 09:29 PM
Vista would probably be OK, but if you're buying a new OS don't buy Vista. Windows 7 or 8 Pro OEM is only $140 and both of them are vastly superior. Vista is new enough that most games should continue to work on it for some time yet to come, but it was almost universally regarded as a bad OS, so support for it will probably be dropped a lot faster than support for XP was dropped.
The only reason you might choose Windows 7 over Windows 8 is because Windows 8 is so new and might not be fully supported yet, but it is still an improvement over Windows 7.
December 17th, 2012, 04:56 PM
Originally Posted by E-Oreo
I`m very comfortable with Vista, and yes, Vista did get a bad rap early in it`s age, but I think it has really come along since then.
Have you, E-Oreo ever tried Vista?
I`d almost rather use an OP that I`m familiar with rather then get familiar with a new OP when I`m trying to find/shut down services not needed when the server will only be used for Lan Parties with occationally being hooked up to a router and the internet while gaming.
Also, doesnt the PRO version have programs not needed for use as just a server?