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HI everyone.

I'm a photographer and i started working in a home server to store my files... so i can access through my Air Capsule from my macbook pro anywhere inside my house and from my PC (where i work on most of the photos).

The system is a dell vostro 200, an old PC i had laying around here...

E4500 2M Cache, 2.20 GHz, 800 MHz FSB
3gb (2x 1gb + 1gb)
2 x 2TB WD 7.200K (RAID 1)
Intel G33 (10/100)
Corsair 430w
WIN SERVER 2008
Air Capsule 10/100/1000

I have some questions about this system...

Will a 10/100 mb speed bottleneck me when working on photos or large files (50mb)?
Will I have problems with the low spec processor?

About my home network, is there any incompatibility with mac and windows server? Any troubles when storing files from mac to the server?



The other point is, i have an X6 @2.8 and a MB am3+ that can be used here too... but i'm concerned about the power usage on this system that will be much higher... or it won't?

Which system is better for this?

Please help and give advices biggrin.gif
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@OP

Should be good enough; the only unknown (for me) is if the RAM is enough for Server 2008, since I am unfamiliar with that OS. Other than that, you're good. 100Mb/sec Ethernet clocks in at around 10MB/sec, for reference.

One thing I definitely would do is separate the data drives from the OS drives. In your case, I would buy a cheap hard disk or SSD for the OS, and use the two 2TB drives for storing your photos.

Question: What's your off-server backup policy? What happens if you PSU goes bang and takes out your hard drives?
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@OP
Should be good enough; the only unknown (for me) is if the RAM is enough for Server 2008, since I am unfamiliar with that OS. Other than that, you're good. 100Mb/sec Ethernet clocks in at around 10MB/sec, for reference.
One thing I definitely would do is separate the data drives from the OS drives. In your case, I would buy a cheap hard disk or SSD for the OS, and use the two 2TB drives for storing your photos.
Question: What's your off-server backup policy? What happens if you PSU goes bang and takes out your hard drives?

Thanks for the fast reply!

About the RAM needed, do you know if MS Server 2003 is less ram hungry? Otherwise, i could buy a pair of 2x2 as they`r cheap...

I have spares HDD for the OS too that i could use... but i don`t if its really needed?

About the offserver backup, i do have a 1TB WD that will do the backup with Acronis software 24/7 too.. i do have another 2TB HDD on my Time capsule that ain't beeing used... i might adress something to it..
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How reliable do you think that hardware is (how old, what condition, etc.)? Have you considered going with a NAS such as Synology (my personal favorite) or D-Link? They will do everything you need and more efficiently and compactly.. It might be slightly more pricey up front but I've been much more happy with my Synology NAS than I was with our home server.
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3GB on Server 2008 is fine for your needs. I don't ever recommend going back as far as Server 2003 unless there's a specific reason for doing so.
    
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@OP

I always keep the OS separate from the data drives, it makes administration and upgrades safer and easier.
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How reliable do you think that hardware is (how old, what condition, etc.)? Have you considered going with a NAS such as Synology (my personal favorite) or D-Link? They will do everything you need and more efficiently and compactly.. It might be slightly more pricey up front but I've been much more happy with my Synology NAS than I was with our home server.

The point of this home server is using my spare hardware and of course help me dealing with my files... the only piece of hardware that i'm buying is the Corsair 430W


I just changed the hardware, i'm gonan use the X6 1055T, and the MSI 870-g45 (pure awesomeness 10/100/1000mb) that i have here. I'll propabaly downclock the x6 and now i can use another 2x2gb drr3 1333 thath i have here aswell.

So the setup:

Phenon X6 1055T (i can disable 3 cores it'll lower the power usage and heat. he question is how stable is it?)
2x2 gb corsair 1333mhz DDR3
1x 500GB samsung 7200K (for OS)
2 x 2TB WD 7.200K (RAID 1)
MSI 870-G45
Corsair 430w
WIN SERVER 2008/2012
WD 1TB (USB 3.0) for 24/7 Acronis HOME image backup
Air Capsule 10/100/1000 (2TB)


Is this OK? any advice or eminent problem?
Edited by Carlos Hilgert Ferrari - 11/18/12 at 3:14pm
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