Originally Posted by jiangshi
I realize that the services and types of servers to be set up are dependent upon the topology of the network. I would very much appreciate sort of a general run-down on a few common scenarios.
As you said, depending on your hardware and your needs...
I have an old eMac set up as a ftp file server and a network printer, along with various machines connected to a web router-switch-security bastion host device
You can usually purchase said bastion host
inexpensively and it is a good solution for networking a Small Office or Home Office. I have had little trouble in networking Windows, Mac and Linux machines together in this scenario.