how to enable root:
sudo passwd root
sudo passwd -u root
should see "passwd: password expiry information changed"
how to restart networking:
sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
how to enable ssh:
sudo apt-get install openssh-server
update /etc/ssh/sshd_config to change listenaddress to your IP address
samba server. set it up then use sudo chmod -R 777 /folder path/ to allow write and execute access
open vpn will be in the open vpn section. with the networking setup, the idea is to use the router to define the systems IP address then use the /etc/networking/interfaces document to set everything to auto.
mod security on apache?