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  Reply # 1836778 3-Aug-2017 18:59
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I will really have to get a UPS also.  Just thought then again nah wont be that. Tauranga had large power outage but that cant have done it as nothing else affected. I haven't worried too much about UPS as everything is backed up with 2 backups





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  Reply # 1836802 3-Aug-2017 19:26
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If storage is the goal then I think it's hard to go past a combo of mdadm and lvm. I've tried most of the solutions out there and keep coming back to this either through a custom ubuntu build or openmediavault.

Any other apps you need the server to run?



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  Reply # 1836830 3-Aug-2017 20:19
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PANiCnz: If storage is the goal then I think it's hard to go past a combo of mdadm and lvm. I've tried most of the solutions out there and keep coming back to this either through a custom ubuntu build or openmediavault.

Any other apps you need the server to run?
no. All I was doing is Plex server for 2 TVs and storing movies and tv series and then home records and car repairs etc.  Don't record tv on it or download on it and my movies and TV series I use handbrake on my laptop to convert and then transfer to server. Each TV has a small computer connected to record TV and use plex client to watch content from server





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  Reply # 1839839 6-Aug-2017 13:32
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I looked at a server build in 2013, but in the end I thought it was too much of a hassle and I just bought an off the shelf NAS instead. It's possibly a little underpowered now (2.1 Ghz Atom) but runs Plex server just fine.

 

While it's not as flexible as a server, it was no more expensive (circa $900 for an 8-bay model at the time). The negatives are slightly underpowered and less flexible going forward. The positives have been low hassle (it "just works") with minimal admin work, and solid as a rock in terms of reliability.

 

If all you want is to store files and run Plex, I recommend considering a NAS instead. Maybe with a better processor than I got if you have any 1080p, 4K or HEVC material that might need transcoding in Plex.




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  Reply # 1845564 12-Aug-2017 14:15
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In the end after trying OMV and looking at others, I just rebuilt my WHS2011 machine. Didn't have to reload any data. Just another motherboard/power supply etc. Loaded WHS2011 and stablebits. Stablebits picked it all up. So okay for another couple of years when security updates finish and then have to look again.  I love the simplicity and just works and works well for my needs with WHS2011.





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  Reply # 1845565 12-Aug-2017 14:22
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I looked at a server build in 2013, but in the end I thought it was too much of a hassle and I just bought an off the shelf NAS instead. It's possibly a little underpowered now (2.1 Ghz Atom) but runs Plex server just fine.

 

While it's not as flexible as a server, it was no more expensive (circa $900 for an 8-bay model at the time). The negatives are slightly underpowered and less flexible going forward. The positives have been low hassle (it "just works") with minimal admin work, and solid as a rock in terms of reliability.

 

If all you want is to store files and run Plex, I recommend considering a NAS instead. Maybe with a better processor than I got if you have any 1080p, 4K or HEVC material that might need transcoding in Plex.

 

yeah may do that later. Had 2 Netgear an Asustor which had heaps of reliability problems (I am family jinx). That's why I like to build then something goes wrong then I can generally rebuild or build something new without hassle of going through warranty process on NAS. But possibly look out for Synology as people seem to rave about them. Probably save pennies and get an x86 model not an Arm processor model.  





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Reply # 1932384 8-Jan-2018 20:23
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Update. Tried Windows 10 and server 2016 and also tried Openmedia vault and Freenas and Nas4free and last was unraid.  Liked server 2016 but way too expensive for my purpose.  Finally came between OMV and unraid. Advantage OMV is free.  BUT for my purpose and overall ease of use (not that others were complicated) I found unraid best for my needs. So far loving unraid, time will tell overall. Also big advantage with unraid is later on when I want to increase storage I can add different size hdd. 





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  Reply # 1932404 8-Jan-2018 20:57
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Gilco2:

 

Update. Tried Windows 10 and server 2016 and also tried Openmedia vault and Freenas and Nas4free and last was unraid.  Liked server 2016 but way too expensive for my purpose.  Finally came between OMV and unraid. Advantage OMV is free.  BUT for my purpose and overall ease of use (not that others were complicated) I found unraid best for my needs. So far loving unraid, time will tell overall. Also big advantage with unraid is later on when I want to increase storage I can add different size hdd. 

 

 

unraid is pretty good man, I would say majority of the people here running server 2016 at home are Microsoft partners or students with access to free keys :)


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  Reply # 1932426 8-Jan-2018 21:24
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so my current build is a HP ML350 G6

 

Dual E5670 6 core cpus @ 2.9ghz

 

96gb DDR3 Reg ECC ram

 

dual 750W Power supplies

 

8x 146gb sas disks

 

10x 4tb WD RED drives

 

3x 120gb Intel SSD's

 

2x P410 Raid Controllers

 

1x P410i Raid controller

 

i run VMware ESXI 5.5 on the machine and it is a part of Our data center that a few mates of mine have, but i went through all the testing and trialing of the OS's and so on until my mate showed me ESXI.

 

Esxi is awesome for trialing things and testing things as you can just run up a VM and if its not going to work just delete it and try something else,

 

i try all sorts of things like one machine runs plex in a windows VM alongside Radarr and Sonarr while another handles downloads like SAB, Nzb get and Transmission and so on,

 

i also have a few servers (vm's) running for the things like a unifi controller running on ubuntu server and UNMS which is also a ubuntu server that handles all the upgrades and monitoring of my ubiquiti gear at a remote location, a 3cx VM running debian and many more.

 

for storage i have the disks as listed above configured  so that 4 of the WD REDS are in a 10tb raid5 array for meida and the remaining 6 have just been installed to make a 18tb raid 5 array to move my media to and free up the 10tb for files,

 

the 10tb array is assigned to a windows 7 vm and the 18tb array is assigned to a new windows server 2106 Datacentre vm

 

the ssds and sas drives are in 2 separate raid 5 arrays and all the vms are stored on these

 

it took a few years to get up to this build after a lot of trial and error, testing and working out what i wanted in a server but so far im happy with the result and it has plenty of room for expansion, and the ability to run up a vm for what ever reason,

 

if you are looking for a windows 2016 Data centre key and the downloads i suggest you try EBAY! they are cheap as!

 

heres a few pics of my server 

 

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  Reply # 1932472 8-Jan-2018 22:50
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Gilco2:

 

Update. Tried Windows 10 and server 2016 and also tried Openmedia vault and Freenas and Nas4free and last was unraid.  Liked server 2016 but way too expensive for my purpose.  Finally came between OMV and unraid. Advantage OMV is free.  BUT for my purpose and overall ease of use (not that others were complicated) I found unraid best for my needs. So far loving unraid, time will tell overall. Also big advantage with unraid is later on when I want to increase storage I can add different size hdd. 

 

 

 

 

Have been using my unRAID NAS for 5 1/2 years now and have been very happy with it.

 

Currently have 11 storage drives (51 TB in total - mix of 3, 4 and 8 TB - and could get it to 88 TB if 8TB HDD's used in all slots) and 1 x Parity Drive. Haven't bothered with the 2nd Parity or cache drive.

 

Have added 6 drives to the original 5 drives, replaced 2 that failed, had a couple of power cuts - and still runs great today.

 

(Note: Did get a UPS as power cuts and brown-outs can be a semi regular occurrence out our way - and that has been most helpful in terms of ensuring clean shutdowns ever since.)

 

Main stress moments have been:

 

     

  1. When the MB Bios got corrupted somehow - but managed to get this sorted; and
  2. One of the HDD's reiserfs file system got corrupted - but sorted this too with a new drive in xfs

 

And not 1 incidence of data loss in all this time.

 

Limetech forum members/mods have been very helpful with advice - which was most useful as I know nowt : )

 

Primarily use it for media to stream to multiple SPMC installs around the house - incl 4k files over wired Cat 5 - and it handles multiple streams without issue. Also run daily back ups of photos, key docs etc to it using Syncback.

 

 

 

HIGHLY RECOMMEND it and will build another one if/when this one is totally full.

 

 

 

Note: You can also trial it using leftover hardware which is handy and is what I did and they had a sale within 24 hrs off the back of that trial.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1932964 9-Jan-2018 16:23
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Chipping in with my 2cents as a storage minion/admin ...

 

I guess you want something cheap to run as well yes ?  Look at a prebuilt Synology or QNAP save the headaches of DIY, keeping it a simple setup makes life easier if you ever have problems.

 

I run a simple Linux based machine (a Thecus 4200Pro I got in 2011) at home for my Plex and file storage, it's an Atom D525 (my phone might have more horsepower) with 3GB of RAM (not ECC) and just uses LVM across 4 disks in RAID-5 and ext4 filesystem on top, it runs 24 hours a day for weeks on end in a hot and stuffy garage (power outages longer than 10 mins will make it shutdown, auto restarts when power comes back) performance wise it can max out both it's gigabit LAN ports for file transfer stuff, Plex transcoding above 720p is beyond it but it passes through with no issues.

 

ZFS .. to do it properly you need to build quite a meaty setup in terms of cpu power, RAM and UPSs, but also have to resist the urge to use boards with smart controlers (ZFS wants to bang the disks directly, no RAID or smart stuff like VMware between it and the disks), and then it needs to be configured/patched 100% perfectly or it'll eat your data :-)

 

 

 

 


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