Ok, so I'm setting up my first home server and I've been reading tons and now I need some advice. Here is my build so far:
Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB SATA III Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD20EARXx2
I also have various <500gb hard drives that I can use as a boot drive if I need one. If this boot drive fails with window home server, is it as easy as replacing the drive, reinstalling windows, and I have access to all the data again?
My intention is to create a (mainly) media server for about 3TB worth of media (allowing at most 3 PCs to connect and grab media at the same time), along with an HTTP server (for less then 10 users). I have 9 hard drive slots and only 7 hard drives, so I would like to be able to expand in the future if I need more space.
- I would like this to be as 'green' as possible, thus my processor choice. Suggestions welcome here.
- I have been considering the windows home server OS because of my lack of experience with anything else. I would like to be able to locally and remotely access files as well as setup something like LAMP for the HTTP server, and this seemed like the best way to do this. Suggestions also welcome here!
- Do I need a raid controller? I was thinking that RAID5 or RAID10 would be the best setups, but I'm not really sure. I only have 6 SATA ports on the mobo, so I'll need some sort of solution here to connect up to 9 drives.
- Does windows (or something else) tell you when a hard drive fails somehow? Can I use one of these drives as a hot swap that automatically takes over in case of failure? How does all that work?
- Does anyone have any suggestions for a 'green' power supply? I saw some but I'm not really sure how large of a PS I'll need for this build. Should 300-400w be sufficient?
- Suggestions on what RAM to use? I was just going to pickup 8GB of the cheapest I could find.
- Will my laptop be OK streaming a 1gb movie file over wireless N? Not a whole lot of my stuff is HD (because I had serious space limitations, thus my building this thing) and I am assuming a good wireless N signal should carry it, but I have no idea..
- It'd be awesome to be able to have 'instanced' clients that I could login to and assign various computing tasks, but I've got no idea how to do this (like how running XP under Windows 7 works now). Can Windows Home Server do something like this?
Thanks for the help!
Edited by marketermac - 10/3/11 at 9:24am