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I have many questions and so decided to break them down into individual posts to get more response.  First of all, this server will at first be built with existing hardware using either an AMD A85 board with 7 Sata III ports and three PCIe x8,x4,x4, i.e. standard gaming board with an A8 four core APU so no extra GPU card.  Maybe RAID cards in the future, but not now, as I am content with on-board RAID10.  OR and Haswell based G3258 that I picked up on an impulse buy that don't really have a use for right now.  I like the upgrade path of the 1150.  Motherboard for that not purchased yet but would probably go with a Z97 with lots of on-board SATA III.

 

I want to use this as a mail server with 4 x 2 or 3TB WD REDs, (maybe Seagate desktop drives instead to save the REDs for a real RAID card).  My use is basic home server needs like mail exchange server, general file backup and possibly a connection to HD Home Run mCard cable box, (which I may put on a separate system) with a 2TB WD Purple.

 

I also have an 850 EVO 1TB that plan on using for the main data drive on this server for low latency.  I have a 2 x 4TB WD RED RAID1 ReadyNAS Pro for backup.

 

Software:   I also have student access currently and have downloaded copies of Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2 and 2012 R2 Essentials.  I also have a copy of WHS 2011 that I was originally going to use.  Any advice on server software?  There are other server software in the student software store that I can pick up for free so any advice there would be appreciated.

 

TIA

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I'd just run the Server 2012 R2 since you already have it. thumb.gif
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Well if you are going to run exchange you're going to need at least one Windows Server. If you plan to setup an AD Domain I'd recommend another Windows Server for that. Then a lot depends on what other kinds of applications you plan to run. You may want to consider running different OS's inside of a hypervisor like ESXi/Hyper-V although from the looks of it the hardware you've got really won't support that.
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Well if you are going to run exchange you're going to need at least one Windows Server. If you plan to setup an AD Domain I'd recommend another Windows Server for that. Then a lot depends on what other kinds of applications you plan to run. You may want to consider running different OS's inside of a hypervisor like ESXi/Hyper-V although from the looks of it the hardware you've got really won't support that.

I don't think I want to get that far into it with the hypervisor bit.  Please forgive my newbie questions, but is that not one of the main reasons most server hardware run dual multi-core xeon processors?  I don't see the need for that kind of power for home use with just me and my wife.

 

For your AD Domain statement; Are you suggesting a separate domain tree for each of the different applications?  If so, why can't a single instance of Server 2012 handle that?  Is that where multi-threaded core processors come into play?  I'm not running a business here, but I would like to be able to watch cable TV in three rooms simultaneously, maybe switch over to video cameras if someone rings the door, record these cameras 24/7 (built in function of camera DVR which has ethernet connectivity, btw) and do backups of system files.

 

My line of thinking is this: Run the HD Home Run/mcard plus an over the air HD tuner to a single machine that has two 2TB WD purple drives (or some kind of RAID (10?) using the on-board controller) to work like a cable tuner and DVR.  Should I use the dual core Pentium for this?  What kind of MB?  H97 or Z97?  The thing I like about the Pentium is that it is 1150, thus upgradeable.

 

A second unit would be my main mail server with a small 240GB SSD for the OS and a 1TB 850 EVO for the bulk of everyday mail and documents.  Have either an additional RAID card for a RAID10 or 5 to use as bulk storage for backup of videos/music/pictures/docs along with system backups from 4 or 5 PCs OR just use the onboard Sata III controller.  Should I use Server 2012 and the 4-core A8 for this system?  What software do I need to administer the MS exchange server for email or will Server 2012 handle that?  Or am I barking up the wrong tree?  It's just 5 or 6 email accounts.

 

I already have a NAS with 2 x 4TB REDs RAID1 for backup of the important stuff like photos and documents that can't be replaced.  Also a 2TB external in a safe deposit box for extra backup of this irreplaceable data. 

 

I might add another box for backup of a video surveillance system that has a built in WD Purple 2TB along with some indoor D-link cameras that connect to the D-Link DVR using an external HDD.  I could just get away with stashing those in a safe place in case of break in and provide an access point to attach to my main router for remote viewing.  So that may not need a PC at all.

 

I do also have two separate 4 bay Cinneraid enclosures with built in RAID0,1,10 with eSata and USB3 but they seem underpowered when I try to spin up 4 HDDs at once.  I couldn't get one to work with 4 x 3TB REDs using USB3 but haven't tried eSata yet.

 

TIA Guys


Edited by Haswelled - 5/22/15 at 3:17pm
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