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Hi all,

I am in the process of building my home server/NAS to stream videos to my HTPC (Raspberry Pi) as well as serve as a file storage unit. This thread will track (with updates) the progress from picking out the parts all the way to assembly and setup. To begin, the list of the current idea I have for my server and my requirements as well...

Requirements:
Quote:
  1. Stream HD videos/tv shows to my Raspberry Pi as well as all tablets/laptops/PCs/smartphones (ie...real-time video transcoding)
  2. Must be silent and energy efficient
  3. Perform nightly/weekly backups of all data from every computer in the house
  4. Serve a central file location for non-sensitive documents including photos (all sensitive material will be housed in a external HDD & off-site)
  5. The ability to provide FTP access from anywhere in the world (thinking FileZilla)

Components:
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MoBo: Biostar H77MU3
CPU: Core i3-3225
RAM: SAMSUNG MV-3V4G3D/US (8GB)
PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE-450-M
Case NZXT S210-001
Cables Internal Mini SAS 36pin (SFF-8087) Male w/ Latch (x2)
Cables 18inch SATA Serial ATA cable (x4)
HDD Cage Norco Technologies Inc. SS-400
SATA Expansion Card SuperMicro AOC-SASLP-MV8
OS HDD: OCZ Technology VTX4-25SAT3-128G
Storage HDD: Western Digital WD30EZRX (x12)
OS: WHS 2011 with FlexRAID

Any help to begin this process would be greatly appreciated!

-Geran B
Edited by Geran - 11/15/12 at 6:28pm
    
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Drop Windows 7 and go with WHS 2011. It does what you need out of the box.
    
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Drop Windows 7 and go with WHS 2011. It does what you need out of the box.
I can do that...what about the rest of it though?
    
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I'm running on a G630 with only 2x4GB DDR3 1600 RAM on a H61M-S2H with WHS 2011 and it's fine...the load up of the server isn't as fast because I have yet to get an SSD for it...

 

Your specs are fine except the OS, just make sure when you switch on your FTP server to make sure you've got your network secured. :D

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I'm running on a G630 with only 2x4GB DDR3 1600 RAM on a H61M-S2H with WHS 2011 and it's fine...the load up of the server isn't as fast because I have yet to get an SSD for it...

Your specs are fine except the OS, just make sure when you switch on your FTP server to make sure you've got your network secured. biggrin.gif
Are you streaming videos (blu-ray quality) from your server? If so, I would definitely look into the G630 or the like from MicroCenter.
    
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Are you streaming videos (blu-ray quality) from your server? If so, I would definitely look into the G630 or the like from MicroCenter.

 

Yes, I've had it transcode on the fly via PS3 Media Server and stream 4gb video files to my PS3 before getting a dedicated HTPC. I've had it serve 3 PCs and a Media Player all at once accessing files over the network.

 

Honestly those are my only experiences with the G630, I have no experience with it serving Blu-ray ISOs but blu-ray quality 1080p video files converted from my collection...they're around 4GB per video file, it works fine.

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To be honest, I would have gone with a Linux or FreeBSD solution over Windows (in that I did got for a *nix solution when I set mine up).

Whatever OS you choose, don't run FTP on it. Use SFTP instead. Regular FTP is insecure and just generally crappy.
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To be honest, I would have gone with a Linux or FreeBSD solution over Windows (in that I did got for a *nix solution when I set mine up).
^^ This will give you bang for the buck
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Yes, I've had it transcode on the fly via PS3 Media Server and stream 4gb video files to my PS3 before getting a dedicated HTPC. I've had it serve 3 PCs and a Media Player all at once accessing files over the network.

Honestly those are my only experiences with the G630, I have no experience with it serving Blu-ray ISOs but blu-ray quality 1080p video files converted from my collection...they're around 4GB per video file, it works fine.
Thanks mate! I'll go that route as it seems to be exactly what I want with keeping a low power and silent machine. smile.gif
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To be honest, I would have gone with a Linux or FreeBSD solution over Windows (in that I did got for a *nix solution when I set mine up).
Whatever OS you choose, don't run FTP on it. Use SFTP instead. Regular FTP is insecure and just generally crappy.
I would use SFTP when that time comes. Why would you go with Linux/FreeBSD over WHS w/ FlexRAID? My main reason to go this route was because I already have the TechNet subscription and the software is free to me except for FlexRAID which is only $60.
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^^ This will give you bang for the buck
Why?
    
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For my experience Plex over Linux runs smoother and consumes less resources than Windows which consumes more resources translating in more heat, more TDP and one of your priorities is to be energy efficent.
Edited by vpadro - 11/16/12 at 3:21pm
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