what is it you will be using the server for...?
In house stuff or to remote into from another location like an ftp?
Well definitely not remote into one of our PCs.
Let me try to explain this as best as I can, because I myself am not sure what to call it.
Right now, my family has 3 laptops and all of them use 120GB ssds. Which is a decent amount of space, but my mom is a professor with a lot of 1GB power point presentations, my sister has an ungodly amount of crap that she feels is important, and I have a lot of everything on my laptop.
Normally I would just store it on my hard drive and move on. But lately my 1TB hard drive has been getting a little too cramped with RAW format pictures and .flac music to simply store other peoples files.
My end goal is to have a sever that can essentially do it all. Back ups, shared wireless drive so that we don't run out of ssd space, and still run as an OS that can web surf and run open office or something like that (this will be replacing out 12 year old PC (((believe it or not, but I surprised my mom with an i7 rig to replace the family computer and she thought it looked too big and scary, so I sold it for a profit and she told me that as long as I build something that doesn't look scary, we could use it........
Now, as for the "remote in" part, I do want to be able to get files off the server from school or something, but I do not want to like remote into my main desktop. One of my friends will have a field day with hacking my PC if I do that. But if my mom is missing a power point presentation or something, I want her to be able to get into the server and download the file.
Hopefully that makes sense. To be honest I am kind of rushing into this because I just recently learned how bad the rest of my family is at managing their data. After a few hours on the phone with my mom trying to help her find a missing power point presentation QUICKLY let me know that I needed a real solution for this problem if you catch my drift.
So forgive my noobness.