Let’s Get Started

cropped cloud impactThis  (the picture next to this text) is what my brain used to look like when thinking about home servers.  Maybe you know the feeling? If this picture looks familiar, then Advanced Home Server is for you.

Everyone has a different idea of what their home network should look like. Some people just want to share a few files, tunes, or videos. Others want a small home office that can support industrial strength needs, but still serve a few files, tunes, or videos for others or just to relax. I’m somewhere in the middle.

It was difficult to learn how to build an advanced home server. There’s a lot of basic information available, but it’s not easy to put into context and it’s even more difficult to figure out what you need to know and what you can ignore. And then you have to pay for what you decide to buy. Hopefully, it works as you as expected.

The internet has a lot of free information that’s easily available. Some of it is great. A lot is fragmentary, wrong for you, over-complicated, incomplete with respect to your needs, or too tedious to finish reading.  There’s a YouTube video for everything. Advanced Home Server adds context and offers  the site I wish I had found when I first tried to figure things out.

This blog is a chronicle of what I learned along the way. It doesn’t include tables of feeds and speeds for anything. There are no product reviews. I’m not selling anything. A lot of  how-to information is included. It’s not intended to be the only resource you’ll ever need. Think of Advanced Home Server as providing basic and next level education while trying to organize the word cloud. My intention is to help out, steer you in the right direction for you, help you avoid a few mistakes, and make it easy as possible to read.

Most of it was written from 2013 through 2015, but some of it has been updated. A lot of the information here is timeless in that it will still be current and useful for years to come. Other articles show their age a little.

The full Table of Contents is posted on the right. The menu at the top organizes the posts by topic. Click on one menu heading and you go to a page that covers each title in the menu in more detail. Technically speaking, this is a book, not a blog. At this time, there are no regular posts or RSS feeds. There’s nothing to subscribe to.

Most readers go directly to the topic they are most interested in. Several are very popular. Feel free to look around. There’s a lot of fundamental information on SSL, certificates, and networking in general. The projects offer many useful diversions. Or you can build a secure VPN or a secure WebDAV server in your spare time.

The web site (as of January, 2015) is available from Amazon and Google as a e-book. More about that here.

Emails may be sent to advancedhomeserver at gmail dot com. Please don’t ask me to design a system for you or tell you if your plan is a good one. The best emails offer suggestions about what to write about. What’s confusing you?

Comments are open and I reply to most that get through. WordPress spam filters are active and they catch a lot of junk daily. I delete the spam they miss. I will most likely reply to any comment that makes the writer look like they actually read the article.

Now, get started.


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