I am always looking for new projects around my house to do with my computers and projects to utilize the old equipment I have laying around. Lately I have been putting together a storage server that I'd like to use on my home network. The storage server has Xubuntu installed as the OS.
So far everything is moving along well. All of my computers on the network are linked to the storage server and storing files there, and my primary computer has it's backup image stored there too. Finally, a legitimate backup solution...
A couple days ago, I began thinking how much I'd like to have access to some of my home files from work. I found, installed, and was playing around with VNC, when I realized that this solution wasn't going to work for me. The problem is that I cannot install the VNC application on my work PC (user rights, blah blah blah). So here's what I'd like to do.
I'd like to add the necessary functionality that is needed to my Xubuntu storage server, build a website, and use the website to gain access to my files. I am willing to change operating systems as well (just as long as it's free). Of course I would like to have some sort of security features that would prevent unwanted individuals from gaining access to my files; maybe a user id & pw. So here's my question...
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I'd like to know what I would need to add to my Xubuntu storage server or what "FREE" OS I should replace it with to help achieve my desired result. Also, I'd like to know how to implement a security measure that would require me to login to the site before I access my files. I did see something once in php when I was playing around with forums and blogs, maybe there's something there.
My questions are not so much a "how to" type question, but more of a where should I look to find information and answers on how to implement something like this? I just want you guys to point me in the right direction for now.
I'd like to keep this as simple as possible, security not included, as it will just be me accessing my files from work. I don't need alot of flashy stuff. This project is simply to give me access to my home files at work and prevent the internet asshats from mucking around with my data. Any help all all of you mighty Experts are willing to provide is most appreciated.
Thanks in Advance,