I want firstly to use a Raspberry pi as a general NAS server holding system backups, videos, music, pictures etc, I’m going to use samba for these purposes.
Secondly I want to have several folders that I work on often, synched between my laptop; my desktop and my NAS server. So that when I save a file in my uni folder on my laptop, it updates my NAS server uni folder, and when my desktop is switched on, the NAS server will update the desktop uni folder. Most of the time the files I’ll be working with will be small excel,word,pdf etc files, no large media files being synched constantly. One thing I would like to clarify is that I’m not content to just save it to a single shared folder on my server as I’ll need to access these files on my laptop when I’m out of town at my uni campus/don't have internet access, also I like the idea of important work being backed up of three different hard drives.
My question is can samba do this? Is it somewhat straightforward to setup? Is there an alternate solution that does what I require? Thanks a lot.