Hi Guys, Firstly I must state this is my first time with a home server, I have however taken the plunge and purchased a HP Microserver N54L to address, hopefully the following needs: My wife is an architect and has over 1TB of very import files. She currently uses an iMac for all her work. We need a solution where this data is securely stored periodically but preferably regularly to not only minimise loss of old files / work but also to backup current projects as much as possible. She currently keeps old important files on an external USB3 Drive. We live in Thailand and as you can imagine there is little good TV over the air so we rely on our Acer ER1402 eMachine to act as a HTPC to my HDTV. I have Win 7 installed and although bit clunky use a Keyboard and Mouse and mainly torrent constantly and watch HD movies on it. It is starting to lag up on HD 3D movies however. I have a Samsung UA46F7100DKXX LED TV that has wireless connection, not sure if that can access networked HD movie rips? I personally use a Mac Air for most of my work and I would like to safely keep all my pictures, and documents some place that can be shared with the wife. I would also like to be able to store my vast MP3 collection centrally so I can play it on iPad, computers etc and not have to rely on a larger HDD being plugged into the laptop like I do now. Summary: Backup important work files Backup current files being worked on iMac. preferably automatically Central storage for Music, and HD Movie Rips Shared Access to Photos Ability to stream HD content to HTPC, preferably wirelessly. Always on torrenting which can be easily accessed to add new torrents to download etc. At present my HTPC works well with Win7 and it is nice having the familiarity of the Windows OS. I tried XBMC and although looked nice it was a pain to pull in all my movies, episodes correctly and automatically etc and as it was on top of Win7 wasn't as responsive as I wanted. I would be open to trying something again though if I fixed the niggling issues. Unfortunately my TV is not in an area of the lounge where I can have wired network access so I am currently using WiFi from my router in another room to the HTPC. As files are on the HTPC they generally play well unless huge 3D HD movies which stutter. I guess I will need homeplugs to stream HD content that would be on the N54L? Through work I have access to the following: Win 8.1 Windows 7 Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (Datacenter, Essentials, Standard, Storage Server and Foundation?) Could anyone advise on my best approach to meeting as many of these as possible with my current setup? What physical setup would you recommend? (Add RAM?, Wifi Card? Which RAID?, Replace as HTPC? Plug into router in spare room? HDD Size and brands that work well, is largest best? Homeplug for networking?) What OS would you recommend? (Win 8.1? Windows Server 2012? Which Distro?) What software would meet the needs of secure backups, and regular automatic backup of current projects from the Apple iMac?) Thanks in advanced guys, I am IT literate and learn fast but just thought this might give me a bump start and put me on the right track.