Can I accomplish the following with one old PC in a limited number of headaches:
- NAS device for back up/media serving.
- Game server.
- Mobile device media streamer.
- Access remotely.
The situation is as follows: I have finally replaced the clunky desktop at home with a sleek new HTPC box I built to handle all of my HTPC needs. The old desktop is now to be repurposed into some sort of NAS monster.
Here's the catch: I would like it to be put to use for the following purposes:
- NAS device. It will backup/serve of my media files, act as redundant storage, and so forth for my LAN. The HTPC will be tapping into it, as well as a couple laptops. I'd like to also use it for a UPnP, but I suspect that will be an easy trick.
- Gaming server. From time to time I use it as a host for various older game servers, ventrilo, and the like. I'd like to continue doing so, since the HTPC will be moved around and might be a bit inconsistant for this.
- Mobile media streamer. I have seen various software for serving across the net to mobile devices so I can listen to music and watch videos away from home.
- Remote access. I'd like to be able to access my files, watch videos, and back up from remote locations when I'm not at home. VPN is the first thought.
Is there a way to accomplish all this in one unit? Everything I've looked at thus far seems to hit one or two of these, but misses all of them (for example FreeNAS works well for a NAS device, but would prevent the other uses). I have access to XP and 7, and I'm willing to use *nix.