To preface, I am familiar with the iTunes Home Sharing which is very nice, but does not allow for a couple of things to the connecting computers (I'll get to that in a bit). I have a Mac Mini that is set up as a home server. It has an attached USB drive that houses all of our music, photos, videos, and files. From that Mac Mini, I have iTunes setup to point to the "music" folder on that drive in the iTunes Advanced Preferences as the "iTunes Media Folder Location". In that folder, it also has the iOS app backups and backups for all of my family iPhones/iPads/iPods (I prefer the USB backup vs iCloud). Everything works great when connecting to this machine. While I have it temporarily placed in my office (via WiFi to my network), I'd like to return it to the basement where I have this Mac Mini ethernet connected to my network. I moved it to my office primarily because of a lot of jockeying with new iPhone upgrades and so on between the family. One thing that I cannot do with the iTunes Home Sharing when connecting a MacBook to the network is to plug in the iPhone to the MacBook and back it up over the network to that Mac Mini external hard drive. For the rest of the family, this is fine. But since I'm the one that manages all of this "tech" in the house, I'd like to be able to do 3 things. 1.) Backup my iDevices from my MacBook via USB without requiring me to be in the basement connected to the Mac Mini. 2.) Be able to use iMovie and add music to my videos from the MacBook (cannot do via the iTunes Home Sharing method). 3.) Edit playlists on the Mac Mini iTunes library from my MacBook. I haven't risked it yet because I don't want to screw things up. But can I somehow share the library folder and library file between the Mac Mini and MacBook without issues? I would be the only user in the house with this setup. And then theoretically would solve my 3 issues in the previous paragraph. Has anyone tried this successfully? Any risks or tricks that I need to be aware of? Thanks!