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Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials

By : Piotr J Kula
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Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials

By: Piotr J Kula

Overview of this book

There’s no end to what you can do with a Raspberry Pi – it makes a huge range of tech projects possible. This book shows you how to transform it into a multipurpose web server, able to store and manage resources that lets you build some truly innovative and impressive computing creations. You’ll learn how to use your Raspberry Pi 2 to host a website using a range of different languages, host a game server, store files, and run everything from a media center to a cloud network. If you want to take control of your technological world, start building your own server and find out what’s possible with the Raspberry Pi microcomputer. Begin by getting your Pi set up – follow each step as the book shows you how to prepare a network and configure the additional features that you’ll need to build your projects. Once you’ve done this you’ll dig a little deeper and set up your pi as a file server, making sure it’s built for speed using a range of different tools, including Python, Node.js and ASP.NET. Following this the book shows you how to extend your server to allow you to host games, and stream live HD video before customizing it even further to create a fully-fledged media center. It doesn’t stop there however – the book then dives into the exciting world of the Internet of Things (IoT). You’ll learn how to install Windows IoT onto your Raspberry Pi, the operating system that’s driving embedded software projects all around the world. Once you’ve done this you’ll be ready to explore IoT further, as the book shows you how to use your device to host a cloud network that can form the basis of a wider IoT project.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Installing OSMC

OSMC is a free and open source media center, which was originally known as RaspBMC; it is based on XBMC. In this section, we will burn a new image on the SD card. You can either use another SD card or wipe the one you have been using until now.

We can use a UI installer made for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux:

  1. Open your browser and navigate to

  2. Select the UI download link, which matches the operating system that you will burn the network from; download it and run it.

  3. Select your language and then select Raspberry Pi 2.

  4. On the following screen, try and select the latest version.


    Network image means that on the first boot, it will download the latest files, so it recommended to connect a wired network with Internet access for first boot.

The UI installer also gives us an option to install OSMC on a USB drive instead of an SD card. If you select this option, you will need a USB storage device connected during the first boot. You will also need a keyboard.