No I don't need the Auto for the sites that I host. In the end I eventually saved all my conf files, erased every sign on Apache on the box and reinstalled and now I am at the same point! Only difference is that the directive below is now listed in the commonapache2.conf file as opposed to the apache2.conf one.
The directive now stands as:
### Restricted set of options:
Options -All -Multiviews
Allow from all
I have yet to add in the document root, but am trying to take things one at a time. Also, I have chmod -R 755 the entire document root. What permissions do you give for your DocumentRoot?