As it stands, I have a server (WHS - but I use none of it's features as I found them just awkward) sat in my office. On this server I store all my media (music, movies, photos, etc).
This is all shared over a standard windows share (Samba?).
In my lounge I have a slimline PC that connects to the server (wired network). This PC runs XBMC and scans the content of the server into a local library. The library/database itself lives on the client PC.
I am toying with the idea of re-doing the entire setup...
My idea is as follows:
1) Wipe the server (data is on other drives) and reinstall a very bare setup.
2) Run XBMC on the SERVER. Have it scan my movies, etc, and host the database itself.
3) Wipe the client and reinstall a very bare setup.
4) Run XBMC on the CLIENT but have it connect to the server for its library.
Well, I am getting more clients in the future, in other rooms and also my cellphones/tablets. This seems a better way of having one source of information/data/library.