Home Server Setup

There are lots of reasons why you might want to run your own server.
For me, I have some modest needs that most people probably don't deal with, and some that are more widespread.

My server needs:

  • Place to share my Minecraft world
  • Constantly running file storage location
  • System within my home network that I can use remotely
  • Low risk practice environment for me to learn system administration

You may feel that most of those needs can be met better or more simply with other solutions. But for me, a home server is the best solution for the following reasons:

  • Security - a home server is completely under my control, so I would never have to trust my personal information security to some company.
  • Accessibility - all of the tools I have needed so far have been freely available from the open source community.
  • Education - since I work in IT, it is likely that I will have a need to know much of what I'll learn running my home server at some point anyway. It would be best to make my mistakes at home.
  • Flexibility - I'll never be subjected to some company's arbitrary limits on how I use my own server. I control it, so I make the rules on how I can/should be using it. (Except my ISP, they can still put a damper on things.
  • Reliability - I never have to worry that my self hosted storage system will send me an email telling me that I have 30 days to take my data down because they are going to shut down.

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