We use a Sharepoint site at work, and would love to have something like this for home. Various members of my family have their own computers, and it would be great to share documents… photos… calendars… weblinks… etc. I’m looking for something similar to Sharepoint, but for use on our computers and accessible via our network. Either web-based of software-based.
Well, you have quite a few options.
1. Go with the free Sharepoint itself. There are plenty of places on the web who can host Sharepoint for you (though they will charge a fee).
2. Go with a plethora of “social networking” sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn … the advantage of this is that a lot of people are already on there and the connection is always on. Depending on the site, you can adjust who can see what.
3. If you just want to share files, make one of your computers a “file share” computer. You can share entire drives or just specific folders. Apparently you can do something like this with windows itself, and I’m sure you can find something else online that can do this.
4. Depending on how big “your network” is and if you are willing to have a computer on 24/7 (or whenever you want the family to access this portal), you can set up one of your computers as a server with a “virtual pc” installation. In this virtual pc, you can purchase and install windows server 2003/2008 and download free WSS 3.0 from Microsoft website, administer your own Sharepoint, and nurse it like a baby (after a while, it will be self-sufficient). That is the set-up I have at home.
on: 17th February 09