Wow lots of info in the past 24hr
Originally Posted by avesdude
So I don't mean to be rude, but can I ask why your current server needs replacing?
My HP ex495 Mediasmart server is getting very slow and not being very reliable anymore. I have the new hardware already, just re-purposing it.
I was thinking of using Server 2012 R2 because I have the key and figured it be nice to have it up and ready should I want to do research into windows features settings. I'll look more into FreeNAS. I read that when using ZFS with FreeNAS it is HIGHLY recommended to have ECC memory. I do not have ECC memory. I do however plan on restarting this once every couple weeks. Am I still ok to use ZFS?
Yes I plan on using this as a desktop... maybe a handful times a year. Its main goal and purpose is a server. The only concern when it comes to desktop capability is I want to have Win8 on a partition on one drive, that is all. Desktop snappiness is a VERY low priority.
Originally Posted by Plan9
Secondly, don't run two RAIDs (media and data); just have them merged into one RAID. You will lose a lot of disk space when one RAID fills but the other is empty, and frankly it's easy to assign the same separation you're after from within the OS anyway (SMB* shares, ACLs, storage quota management, etc).
As for my personal software recommendations, I'd suggest throwing FreeNAS on and running your drives as ZFS (file system) with either raidz1 or raidz2 (ZFS RAID model) depending on whether you want 1 or 2 disk redundancy (ie how many disks can break concurrently before you lose your data). ZFS is, in my opinion, by far the best choice for any NAS or file server short of buying your own SAN. It supports snapshotting, live file system checks, and all sorts. More than I have time to mention right now
And ZFS is a bloody hard file system to break (and trust me; I've tried to break ZFS a number of times)...
My mindset for wanting the two raids might of been misguided. It was my understanding that drives in RADI1 may be accessible outside of Raid. Example: If my motherboard and its onboard RAID controller died, i could take one of the drives in the RAID1 array and put it in a secondary PC to recover the data. I was trying to prevent my motherboard being my single point of failure for my critical data that was going to go on the RAID1 array.
Any other ideas on how to prevent my motherboard being a single point of failure without needing to by an identical RAID controller to recover the data?
Thanks for all the info so far guys, been very helpful