Hello, This is my first post. I'm running into some troubles when using multiple Mac computers (at home) and I'm wondering whether Mac OSX Server would be a good solution. My situation: Me, my wife and 3 daughters are users. I have a Macbook Pro, a Macbook and a mac pro will be delivered tomorrow to my doorstep. Everyone wants to use whatever computer they can lay their hands on for creating documents and reading, sending and archiving mail. This means that everyone works on all of them depending which one is free or convenient to use. The problems: 1. I get mail archives scattered around on 3 different machines. People start complaining they can't find their sent messages, because they forget which machine they sent them from. I have one machine (the MBP) that holds the mail archives of me and my wife. The Macbook can send mail, but I have a copy sent to the Macbook and archive it there as sent mail. Note: it's mainly the mail archive that seems difficult to tackle. I could use IMAP for the mail accounts, but I like my mail archive to be on a hard drive, not somewhere in my ISP's office. 2. Documents are created on all 3 computers and are stored on each computer's hard drive, in "documents". It's a mess and even when I clean it up, it will be a mess in a couple of weeks or even days. My hardware: - Fritzbox (router) with NAS attached (Conceptronic CH3SNAS) - The router has a USB port to attach a FAT32 formatted drive - Macbook Pro - Macbook - Mac Pro I'm not a Mac OSX Server wizzkid. I'm sure I'd manage to install it, but it would cost me a lot of time. I'd like to avoid it actually. But how do I handle the problems without the server software? I could think of the following: - put all documents in a sparseimage file for each user (5 sparseimage files) and store them on the NAS. Then create users on each computer and connect to each particular documents folder at login. - email: really don't have a clue. Any suggestions? Thanks! Eric Edit: almost forgot, I have about 10 email addresses, one for each user and some aliases for myself. I like to be able to control the access to those mailboxes per user. For instance, I want each user to be able to access his/her personal mailbox, and I want to give my wife access to mine and vice versa. The kids cannot read my personal mail and so forth. And I want parental control for the children's accounts.