Hi guys. I'm relatively new to Mac and have some queries I wonder if you might be able to shed some light on my murky darkness. My partner and I run a small business from home. Previously we used Windows SBS and Exchange Server. To be honest, this was much too complicated for our needs. After much discussion with the Apple Business Team we've ordered a Mac Mini with Lion Server, and also have 2 iPhones on order (needed to upgrade the phones anyway, previously had one running windows mobile and the other Android, both on last legs). We'll be using the server for a combination of things. Home sharing (streaming photos and music to 2x MBP, with an "always on" capability) Shared and collaborative work documents. (This is very important) Shared calendars and email. Remote access/VPN. I need to be able to view/access my partner's calendar and be able to schedule appointments, etc. For this reason, we didn't think that having just a standard mac mini and using icloud would be suitable - the ability to share/store large amounts of data and have them synced to a multitude of devices and to VPN is also quite important. With regard to the shared calendar, the Apple Business Team suggested that we both have one work calendar (rather than 2x separate work calendars), that we both can access and view at any time from our devices. Does this sound feasible. In addition, we'd have individual personal calendars. Both of us were completely out of our depth with the windows server, and realised it was too sophisticated for our simple needs. Not to mention, we have only a beginner's understanding of servers. Hopefully that will change over the upcoming months! My main question is: when we set up the server and iPhones, will icloud interfere with our syncing? Ideally we want contacts, email and calendars synced via the server. The server is arriving a week after the phones. Ideally we want to also upload all photos to iphoto on the mac mini and share it to the 2x MBPs. I'm not sure how the new icloud photo stream will work with this. I guess (after much waffling), can anyone advise what the best method would be of setting up user accounts and syncing with devices? Should we wait configuring icloud on the phones and set up accounts on the mac mini server first? I want to make sure that all accounts are set up correctly from the offset on the server, and to ensure that when initially setting up the iPhones, I don't configure them incorrectly. I don't want them geared up for icloud, if they should be geared up for lion server (or can the 2 be set up simultaneously on devices?). Please excuse my simplistic and basic question. I'm at the very beginning of my mac journey and hope to gain more knowledge as I go along. Thanks in advance for any help. ps, the devices involved will be 1x mac mini lion server, 2x MBPs, 2x iPads and 2x IPhones.