01-30-2012, 02:15 PM
Your main problem is trying to have a work computer and a server at the same time.
If you migrate over the user it can act as a standard mac, but I have never tried having 2 users logged in at the same time.
Setting it up as a file server is fairly easy, but make sure you deselect its other functions if you have no intention of using it as a mail server or ical server
The external disk is not a problem, in fact the external firewire drive would be ideal as the main share. But you will also have to have a back-up drive as well, or 2 external drives set-up at one combined RAID 1 drive.
AS for VPN, that really depends on your DSL speed. A relatively slow upload speed will seriously hamper external computers accessing the server since the upload speed is crucial to VPN. Its fairly easy to set-up, bit you also have to open ports on your router to get it to work
I have set-up a Snow Leopard server, so for any help come back to the forums