I am very new to all this but am trying to learn a lot in a short time. Trying ubuntu server for a home network and some web site alterations at home. At 60 years young it is a lot to take in.
I am a young swiss guy trying to learn as much about Linux as possible. I'd consider my self as a very enthusiastic hobbyist. I started using Linux in 2006 using Ubuntu. Since I have moved from Ubuntu over Debian to Gentoo.
I have been running ubuntu for 7-8 years now but I don't claim to be great. I get by fine. Recently I managed to use No-ip (my IP is dynamic) to get remote access to my home computer via remote desktop sharing, some port forwarding, etc. Works great.
This prompted me to want to setup my own home server and use something like the WD-TV live box for my TV to stream files on my home network.
I've got a LAMP/Tomcat Ubuntu Server install running, and I also installed Railo and Mura CMS. I performed all of this installation at home with the server on my home network. Everything worked great including the Apache proxying to the Tomcat instance running Mura.
Then I took the server to it's new home at work and changed the IP on the NIC to its new public IP.
I have been a Linux casual user for the last six years, but recently have been using it more and more. I just finished building an Ubuntu server for our summer home. I envision having the capability to integrate my weather station and household controls for external access.
I need to access my home internet connection from work time to time. My work and home connections are in same network. As I stated in the question both computers use different operation systems (work win 8.1 home Ubuntu). I read somewhere you can use one of your machines as VPN if both are under Windows OS.
So here is what I have going on at my home guys. Currently I have Ubuntu Server 12.04 installed on my home computer. This server is hooked up to the Internet, but I don't have a FQDM. This is not a problem because this server is being used on the local network only at my home. Currently I have LAMP installed it is working fine.