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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.
Because Linux/FreeBSD is more versatile plus offers a number of different RAID solutions for free (I went with ZFS, but SnapRAID might be a better fit for your requirements).

Basically, if you want raw power, flexibility and control, then go with *nix. However if you just want something easy to set up then go with WHS. smile.gif
post #12 of 23
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Thanks mate! I'll go that route as it seems to be exactly what I want with keeping a low power and silent machine. :)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.Why?

 

Well in my household, everyone uses Win7 and Android, the only feature I use that is spread out on all the devices is SAMBA. So there are no problems there and everyone can see the server and files that are available.

 

Glad to have helped!

 

I have to caution you on one thing though, if you have to update your WHS 2011, do it ASAP because it screws up everyone trying to access the server and turn off automatic update because it is a PITA to restart the server because of the automatic updates, I went through about an hour troubleshooting my entire network because one of my clients could not access the server and what I needed to do was to restart the damn server because of the updates. ~____~;;

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I have to caution you on one thing though, if you have to update your WHS 2011, do it ASAP because it screws up everyone trying to access the server and turn off automatic update because it is a PITA to restart the server because of the automatic updates, I went through about an hour troubleshooting my entire network because one of my clients could not access the server and what I needed to do was to restart the damn server because of the updates. ~____~;;
I hope you're not running WHS in any professional capacity exclamation.gif
post #14 of 23
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I hope you're not running WHS in any professional capacity exclamation.gif

 

Nope, just home use, trying to learn other Server OSes though.

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Nope, just home use, trying to learn other Server OSes though.

But you said "one of your clients" in relation to that server?
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But you said "one of your clients" in relation to that server?

 

Client meaning one of the PCs attached to the network trying to access the server...

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Client meaning one of the PCs attached to the network trying to access the server...

hahaha oh yeah, that would make sense doh.gif


I'm such an idiot sometimes redface.gif
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by vpadro View Post

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.
I like Plex a lot (currently using it on my Mac) but I'm not very familiar with Linux and setting it up as a home media server unfortunately.

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Because Linux/FreeBSD is more versatile plus offers a number of different RAID solutions for free (I went with ZFS, but SnapRAID might be a better fit for your requirements).
Basically, if you want raw power, flexibility and control, then go with *nix. However if you just want something easy to set up then go with WHS. smile.gif
What is *nix?

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Well in my household, everyone uses Win7 and Android, the only feature I use that is spread out on all the devices is SAMBA. So there are no problems there and everyone can see the server and files that are available.

Glad to have helped!

I have to caution you on one thing though, if you have to update your WHS 2011, do it ASAP because it screws up everyone trying to access the server and turn off automatic update because it is a PITA to restart the server because of the automatic updates, I went through about an hour troubleshooting my entire network because one of my clients could not access the server and what I needed to do was to restart the damn server because of the updates. ~____~;;
Thanks for the advice...
    
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post #19 of 23
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What is *nix?
Shorthand for Linux/Unix-like
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What is *nix?

*nix is the easiest way to reference Unix-like operating systems. This includes all the various Linux distros, Unix itself, and Unix like (including AIX, A/UX, HP-UX, IRIX, Minix, Iltraix, Xenix, FreeBSD, Solaris, etc, etc) operating systems.
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