I have an older Mac Pro that I am trying to figure out how to get the most out of.... I really just use my MacbookPro and Ipad, and Iphone for 99% of everything. So I am wondering whats the best use I can get out of it. Btw its a quad core 3.0 with 8GB of RAM 2 300gig Raptors in RAID 0 I really don't care about any of the hardware in there, so if I need to upgrade or change something let me know. What my goal is to have in my house, that is fully networked with gigabit ethernet is to be able to use Open Directory, and possibly VPN access. I also want to be able to not have 5 copies of my 60 gig music collection all over the place, same goes for iPhoto. I would love to be able to store all those items in a home folder that I could access no matter what workstation in the house I am at. I would even want to be able to access it via VPN, when I am at my office. (Bandwidth is not much of at issue I have dedicated 35/35mbit lines in both locations). The other purpose I want this server to do is fileshare my collection of Bluray rips to my htpc(mac mini). I haven't yet started ripping my collection (200+), but I fell in love with the Plex interface and can't wait to be able to play all my HD movies. This is where I don't know what the best/most cost effective/upgradable solution is. Since the Mac wont be handling any of the gateway services(NAT, VPN, firewall, DHCP...ect) and all it will really do is probably run Open Directory and I guess VPN authorization (Kerberos?) I am confident it has the hardware needed to get the job done. Just where the eff am I going to store all my media. Is it best to go with a NAS? Will be hard for me to justify use of the MacPro when I can connect directly to a NAS....? Cram as much as I can internally inside (12tb w/ 4 3tb drives)? Some kind of esata solution....RAIDcard with 4 estata ports with port mulitpiers would let me go 20 drives....60tb....that'll get her done. Any other ideas.