Build Ubuntu-based home server for storage & VPN, possible?

October 16, 2013 at 07:40:00
Specs: Macintosh
Hi, do not be mad at me for my total emptiness of knowledge in this field, anyway, I would like to know if it is possible to build a home server for storage and for VPN. I currently use two externals HDD's (2TB+3TB) for storage and have a subscription for a VPN. I will for sure get another HDD (3TB) and a SSD. My budget is 500$ for hardware, plan to use Ubuntu as OS on this server, however I am wondering if there could be compatibility issues (my Ex. HDD's are formatted in HFS+), my main computer is under OS X, in the future, my next computer will run Linux, two other computers at home use Ubuntu. I would like these three computers to reach files on the server and of course use it as a VPN as well and if possible restrict access to certain files form the two Ubuntu computers and access files on the server from anywhere in the world.

As for hardware correct me if I am wrong but here is the list of parts I think I may need;
correct me if I miss something. I never build a computer by myself.

Thank you.

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October 16, 2013 at 07:53:38
I do have a question for you. You say above, "...and have a subscription for a VPN"

Please explain in a little more detail.

If you're simply looking for remote access to your LAN, a VPN may be overkill for your needs. If you need a 24/7 connection from a remote site, it's possible an inexpensive VPN device may be all you need or perhaps one of your existing Linux clients could be setup as a VPN endpoint.

I'm thinking you may not need to build a server when you could simply buy a RAID capable NAS (network attached storage). This would provide redundant, central storage for all your data that would be accessible to all your clients and most have built in permissions so you could easily control who access what.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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