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Wanting to build a home server, opinions.

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December 16, 2011 2:31:44 PM

hey community,

i am interested in building a home server, and while i am not a total newb, it would be my first attempt at something like this and i have researched a lot of options and am just not sure exactly where to start and am wondering if i am being too ambitious with what i want to do. I do run a realvnc server, currently, off of my home computer so that i can access my desktop on my cell and at my computer at my job so i am familiar with some very low-end server configuration on that level and i do build computers so i definitely want this to be something i build independently.

basically what i want is a machine that i can setup with multiple storage disks that i can access from anywhere and perform file transfers for multiple file types such as video and picture files as well as word documents. the whole premise is setup so that my family will have a kind of central hub for keeping back ups of pictures and the like that if they were to want to they could download to their machines by accessing the server. it would need to be an internet connection, obviously, and that is where i start to get lost on where to go. do i need to build a sort of linux based nas machine and then configure a secure ftp server? i definitely want security for my files so that is important. and i know there are multiple options like this already available through services on the internet, this is just something i want to do on my own however, not that i do not trust those sites i just want to do this independently. perhaps i am sounding kind of vague with all of this, although whatever help you guys could provide is greatly appreciated!
December 22, 2011 10:20:56 PM

Dying to do something similar like this my self, 6tb full, no space, see no point buying about 2 2tb hard drives as it's not worth it, better to have like 10-20tb of space :) 
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December 23, 2011 12:28:55 AM

Look at what I did base on FreeNAS.
This NAS offers: SFTP, CIFS/SMB, NFS, RSYNC, iTune Server...

if you dont want to DIY, then look at eBOX-N with couple changes in the settings like SMB services, rf.conf, loader.conf...

You can transfer back/forth to Win7 about 65~85MB/sec and access it ANY where if there is a internet connection
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