Taking Stock

Quite some time ago I started a series of posts on setting up your own home server from scratch using a desktop PC running Ubuntu. The series was fairly popular and provided a good detailed look at just what it takes to get a home server going.

Well the server I built is going away and I find myself planning, once again, how best to address the computing needs of my household. It seems obvious to me that I **need** a server. I’ve had one for the past few years and it’s been very beneficial for a number of reasons. But times change, people change and computing needs do, in fact, change.

This series of posts is going to be as much for me as anything else. I figure if I write down my thought processes I might have a better chance of actually arriving at a decision because I’ve had a chance to externalize and review my own opinions about this project.

The first question I started to consider was one of hardware. It seemed a logical step — I have hardware going out, I’m going to need to bring some hardware back in. The real question is: what to buy? The answer, as any technology consultant will tell you, is: “it depends.”

The real first question, as I covered off in my first post about the last home server, is “what do you want the machine to do?” Until you can answer that, everything else is nothing more than a guessing game. So that’s where things sit for the moment. I need to ponder long and hard just what I need out of this replacement machine. There are a number of possible computing functions in my household. It’s undoubtedly time to take stock of the technology that I’ve already acquired and see where it all fits in relation to the needs and wants that I have.