Configuring a Windows XP Notebook Server
For the past year or two, I've been running two home network servers on two notebook computer. To me they are the best computer equipment for home servers (see "24/7 Home Notebook Server" in the TrackBack section below). But to configure a notebook server correctly, you have to make some changes to the power options in Windows XP and the BIOS. You wouldn't want your notebook server to fall asleep or hibernate, right?
First thing to do is to turn off, or disable, all power saving options in the BIOS. You can slow things down, but anything that makes the computer un-responsive should be disable; like sleep mode.
Next, in Windows, click on "Start" button, "Control Panel", "Performance and Maintenance", and "Power Options". In the "Power Schemes" tab, change "System standby" to "Never". And change "System hibernates" to "Never" (see screen shot below). I set "Turn off hard disks" to "After 30 mins". If you need to have a high-performance server, you might considering changing that to "Never".
Next, click over to the "Advanced" tab. This tab contains some vital settings you need to change in order for a home notebook server to work. You need to change "When I close the lid of my portable computer" to "Do nothing" as shown in the screen shot below. There nothing worse than a notebook server that goes into sleep mode when you close the lid.
Once you are done with the settings, click the "OK" button to complete the change.
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