I have recently purchased myself an HP rack server for use as a personal fileserver. This server currently lives under my bed as I have nowhere else to put it. For those not aware (as I was not fully) this server is VERY LOUD.
I need to be able to access my files a lot of the time during the day, and due to the situation of my server, turning it off every night at the wall (it likes to suddenly spring into action for no apparent reason) isn't really an option. I would really like if the server could remain powered on all the time, but when not in use enter a sleep state such that the fans turn off, if nothing else, over LAN. The server also runs Debian.
If this kind of setup can't happen for whatever reason, I could settle for the machine shutting down at a certain time of day (or night) and starting up again in the morning, or something to that effect.
I have very little idea about how to go about such a task, other than to use wake/sleep-on-LAN.