Need help in setting up linux file server pls
I'm thinking of setting up a file server in the house. The machines will be running linux and Windows. I've read up on Samba and think that it'll do the job. I've got 2 questions:
1) The server (and old-ish PC) will be under the staircase so access and space is limited. Is there software that I can run on the server which will allow me to operate it remotely? Would prefer to be able to have at least some GUI capabilities.
2) I saw that there is a utility which helps reduce energy consumption of a linux machine by slowing down the harddisk etc. when it's under light load. What is it and where can I find this pls?
Thanks in advance.