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Posted something very similar in the HD forum, but given it is geared towards a server build I thought it was best to post it here.

Alrgiht.... so I have access to Windows Home Server (legit) and of course a plethora of free Linux Servers.

The goal is to backup my data from my computers (documents folder with any changed data). It would be nice if I could set it up to automatically backup any additional data nightly that I have accumulated. I want to do this with 2 or 3 computers. There will probably be 250GB+ of data.

This does not include programs, games, and such, but I don't have any concerns with that as I will most likely setup RAID 1 on my two main desktops (SSD with OS + 2 1TB F3 drives on both of the computers, and thus the SSD will be OS and main apps while everything else is on the RAID 1 F3 drives).

Also, I want to be able to access that information and stream it if I like. Further, I want to be able to log in remotely from anywhere in the world and grab a file if I need it. Lastly, it would be nice to be able to host some minor websites for testing (I will be getting a real host soon such as bluehost, web hosting pad, or something similar).

I have considered online backup sites, but my current internet speed is 3mb and 750kb upload. So that seems quite slow. And I am fairly certain the best way to set this up is to RAID 1 my 2 F3 1TB drives on my main rig (will be a sandy bridge) and eventually my wife's Bulldozer build when it comes out (same HD setup, 1SSD + 2 1TB F3 drives), while I have an SSD and two 2 TB F4 Hard Drives for the server build.

Let me know your thoughts. Thanks. Trying to be as practical, logical, safe, and smart about this as possible. And I don't know if using a software server raid is equal to or better than a hardware RAID or what is best to do.

My experience lacks in this department although I am very tech savvy (multimedia design/dev. degree, build my own pc's, and am a web manager by day).
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Amahi Home Server will do literally everything you want with minimal setup. Want a web site? MediaWiki, WordPress or Joomla is a single click away. (WHS comes nowhere close.) Or write your own web pages. Want to login and download a file? They give you free dynamic DNS. Streaming media to your HDTV? No problem. You can use either RAID, drive extender (Greyhole) or a mix of the two.
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Amahi Home Server will do literally everything you want with minimal setup. Want a web site? MediaWiki, WordPress or Joomla is a single click away. (WHS comes nowhere close.) Or write your own web pages. Want to login and download a file? They give you free dynamic DNS. Streaming media to your HDTV? No problem. You can use either RAID, drive extender (Greyhole) or a mix of the two.
Seconded this recommendation,I've been running Amahi since it's inception and it just keeps getting better & better.Backups can be done via Crash Plan online or networked(automatically),rsnyc also works well.While the rest can be installed with a few clicks and minimal configration,I'd look into getting a laptop drive/drives (less power consumption than standard drives) for the os and throw the ssd into one of your gaming rigs.
 
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For the record you can use "XAMPP portable" on WHS and host all your wikis and WP blogs all you want (I have a WP thing going on an old XP laptop right now). You're right, a web interface with a plug-in one click install is a lot easier.

If you have a router which is tomato firmware compatible there is a variant that incorporates NeoRouter. You can then use that to access your home PCs from outside your router without port forwarding. There's even a NeoRouter portable version you can use any machine from a thumb drive. Has a facility for various dynamic dns services as well.
 
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For the record you can use "XAMPP portable" on WHS and host all your wikis and WP blogs all you want (I have a WP thing going on an old XP laptop right now). You're right, a web interface with a plug-in one click install is a lot easier.
Don't forget the App Store. WHS doesn't have one of those.
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Pretty much any Server operating system can do that, and on really cheap hardware. I do all that (no RAID though) plus many other things on my 3.33ghz Celeron D. I like to integrate 2K3 server and Red Hat
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