A final tally on the new year’s project:
Mac mini upgraded & XBMC installed. Old Mac mini hard drive turned into a 100GB portable drive by adding a $20 SATA-to-USB adapter / case.
Desktop repurposed as a server with a new 1TB drive and Windows Server 2008.
All media – videos, music, photos, books, comics, etc – copied to the new server, with about 300GB left for expansion.
This creates a single point of failure, which gives me the screaming heebie-jeebies, so I’m also running a backup RIGHT NOW to an external 1TB drive. It’s taken about six hours so far and will probably be done in another two.
Network access rights set up. Everyone on the network has read-only access to the media folders. The music folder is writable from my user account so I can rip CDs to it, but adding video / etc has to be done from the server console.
The old NAS is in the process of being repurposed as a data volume and I’ll be setting up automated backups of our desktops to it.
My desktop moved from XP Pro to Vista Pro. This is the first time in quite a while that I’m starting over from a fresh Windows install, so instead of just going through and installing everything I THINK I’ll need, I’m installing software AS I need it and keeping a log of what I install as I do so. It’s an interesting experiment.
All in all, a very productive time.