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I have been toying with the idea of a dedicated server in my house to run all my entertainment through and so I set up a fairly straightforward file server on an old box. It is a e6600 with 4 gigs of ram atm. Little over 1.5t of hdd space. (wanting more but prices stopping me atm) The mb has dual gigabit nics that I bonded together to run to the switch. Am running ubuntu server w/ lvm to manage the drives. I mainly chose linux as it is a system I have been wanting to learn and I hear it is really great for stuff like this. The server as is works well enough. Have my pc's backing up to it and working on adding more movies/songs/files to it constantly. Now I want to push farther and get this stuff more secure and learn some more stuff while I am at it.

What I would like to do with it or another box I have is create a vm server as well. I don't want a dedicated pc sitting in my livingroom. I want to be able to access it through a very slim interface upstairs. But thus far have failed miserably at getting a vm to work properly. Also is there a way to actually stream the movie from the server vs. reading the file? So that the file is all transcoded ready to go and broken down better to go over the net. My movies play ok over my home network but would eventually like to be able to access it from anywhere. Is this something that a vm server would help with and handle?

Next is it possible to use the same box for a firewall as well and what would I need to add? I would imagine I would need more nic's to handle the incoming traffic from the internet and out to the home network? I have another dual gigabit board I thought I would purpose for this possibly. But would like to toy with the idea of multiple incoming lines as the internet here is rather lethargic. But that can come later.

So how do I go about all that and what would I need to look at in terms of hardware to deal with it? Thought about maybe one of unix surplus's cheap servers to repurpose for maybe one of these tasks but would like to keep it all as cheap as possible and use what I have on hand first. Thanks all for the input.
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TVersity has a great transcoding feature built-in as well as remote access.
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OK first things first...

Since you're happy running Ubuntu server, creating VMs shouldn't be difficult for you. I'd say you'd need two VMs, one for the video streaming server and the other for the firewall.

I think the best approach would be to use a separate box for your VM server, which would also run Ubuntu Server as the host OS. For the VM technology itself, likely the cheapest and easiest route would be to use VirtualBox in headless mode, and for each VM enable the Remote Display server in its settings, which will allow you to do remote desktop to each VM. For storing the VMs themselves, I'd put them on a RAID 10 array for optimal disk performance.

Media Streaming Server VM. I'd use Amahi Home Server; it's based on RedHat Fedora and is very stable.

Firewall VM. For this I'd use pfsense, Untangle or Vyatta. You can bridge the VM onto the two NICs and provide DNS, DHCP and other network-level services from within the VM.
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@OP
OK first things first...
Since you're happy running Ubuntu server, creating VMs shouldn't be difficult for you. I'd say you'd need two VMs, one for the video streaming server and the other for the firewall.
I think the best approach would be to use a separate box for your VM server, which would also run Ubuntu Server as the host OS. For the VM technology itself, likely the cheapest and easiest route would be to use VirtualBox in headless mode, and for each VM enable the Remote Display server in its settings, which will allow you to do remote desktop to each VM. For storing the VMs themselves, I'd put them on a RAID 10 array for optimal disk performance.
Media Streaming Server VM. I'd use Amahi Home Server; it's based on RedHat Fedora and is very stable.
Firewall VM. For this I'd use pfsense, Untangle or Vyatta. You can bridge the VM onto the two NICs and provide DNS, DHCP and other network-level services from within the VM.

Thanks for the advice. Got my second box setup so will see how it goes with creating the vm's. Good idea on the raid setup. Would def consider that when I can get my hands on some more drives. For now would be happy to get it all working first.
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