Hello, and sorry if the title isnt the best, I wasnt really sure how to word it I'm afraid. Having used search for the last couple of hours, and seen many threads its clear I'm in the right place. You all have a lovely forum! I'm looking for a solution to a rather annoying problem in our household. We have upwards of 8-10 computers/laptops in our house, and documents/media are fast becoming a nightmare! We've decided to go along the route of purchasing/building a server to basically use as a fileserver, to centralise our documents/media and thus enable access to either user account from any one particular computer we have. Below is what I'm looking to be able to do: 1. Fileserver (mainly comprising of centralised documents on the server itself accessable by each person individually but private from others) 2. Central backup of all crucial computers to prevent data loss (stored on the server, and done by the server on a regular basis) 3. A dedicated server firewall to place in front of the internet, before the network. 4. A web server, so I can run image copies of my own personal forum/websites and test any changes BEFORE doing them to my live site. 5. To download torrents/large files etc directly on the server. Like an automated nightly backup of my web hosting server online for example. 6. Stream full HD from the server to our media centre pc (and onto a HD TV). I was thinking along the lines of using 3 older, seperate servers. the first being the firewall server. The 2nd being a fileserver/backup server, and the 3rd being a intranet only web server to test new software etc on. I plan to wire the entire house with cat6 cable, and run everything at gigabit speed (all computers have gigabit capable hardware already) I have been reading online for weeks now, but unfortunately the answers I seem to need aren't explained in posts I've been reading. The servers (whether built or bought) will run Ubuntu Server 10.04, and we have a mixture of Ubuntu 10.04/Vista/W7/MAC OSX operating systems. Shortly it will be only Ubuntu 10.04/MAC OSX and no Windows at all. Basically, what I need to know is: 1. Can a fileserver/backup solution/firewall/web server be all run from the one server acceptably? 2. Am I wiser to split these up into seperate servers for security reasons? 3. If I seperate them as above, can I just get away with using old servers, say with twin xeon or Opteron 2.0-2.5ghz CPU's with 2-4GB RAM? 4. I have a now spare Dell Vostro desktop PC with a Intel Q8200 Quad core, 8GB (non ECC) RAM, and 4TB of storage (4x 1TB), as I now use an Imac I recently purchased. Would this be stupidly overkill for use as a server above? 5. I would be sincerely grateful if someone could be kind enough to explain about the required specs should my idea be well off. I don't want to spend thousands, but I don't want to waste money on something thats useless either. I plan to purchase a rackmount cupboard to house these into, along with the gigabit switches so rackmounted servers would be an advtange. I can put my pc into a rackmount 2U case if needed. Any advice is welcome. If you need more explain please do get in touch. Thank you for your time. Lee. EDIT: Not sure if it needs mentioning or not, but we use a Virgin Media 50mb broadband connection, so whatever solution needs to be able to utilise this speed fully.