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I've been really interested on how I can use my ASUS tinkerboard (android iso) as a server instead of using a linux based OS. Iv'e tried many solutions and only found a few that works. I decided to share my experiences and what I came up with here. ( if anyone has any other working solutions I would love to see what you all have come up with.

VNC- the only VNC applications that seems to work reliably is the Alpha VNC application 
Link 
Code:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.abr.android.avnc.beta&hl=en

This will work flawlessly on your local network but I ran into connectivity issues when trying to vpn into the network then connecting to my server via vnc. But Alpha VNC seems to be the only vnc application that works for my purposes.
I picked up Xplorer smart file manager and editor from codecanyon which does not need a database installed on your local machine in order to use it.
Code:
https://codecanyon.net/item/xplorer-start-your-own-cloud-file-hosting-solution/20659362

with this I can setup different user accounts and each user in my house can have their own local cloud storage partition. 
(unfortunately at the time of this posting, this item is no longer available on codecanyon. Not sure why it got removed. I loved the fact that I just drop this onto my tinkerboard in a dedicated folder, spin up a webserver on port 8080 and go!!!!!!!)


Speaking of port 8080, I used the Bit web Server application to achieve this
Code:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andi.serverweb&hl=en

Again, after starting the web server I just pointed it to the folder where I have Xplorer installed and using any device on my local network I just browse into my tinkerboards iP:8080 and there it is.

My issue for the past month was that I was not able to login to server remotely from outside the network. I even thought about purchasing a fortinet firewall which supports remote login, but it was way to expensive. 

Just last night I happen to come across Teamviewer Host application which allows me to use my tinkerboard as a host and I can login to it from outside the network. Each connecting device has to be verified but aside from that this so far seems to be a pretty reliable solution. 
Code:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teamviewer.host.market&hl=en
 If anyone has found alternate ways to use their android rigged tinkerboard as a server please add your solutions to this thread. 

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Since the explorer application is no loner available on codecanyon, I found Webfile Explorer which does the same thing. No database needed.
----https://codecanyon.net/item/webfile-explorer/20366192?s_rank=4
if you need xplorer contact them via their email contact@xplorer.ml i have already brought it