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Hey all,

Let me just by saying thank you ahead of time I'm a super noob when it comes to servers/software! Try to bare with me as I've been doing a lot of reading online (wiki) and I have some questions. Let me know if any of this is not possible as well.

So my main goal with the server is to have it as a large storage system (file server?), media server (plex?) and, I don't know if this is possible, but run Mac iOS and Linux (Ubuntu VM?) off of it as well.

I do a lot of filming, most of it is in 4k and a good portion is with GoPros. I want to be able to store the recordings on the server and access them remotely, either locally or remotely from different devices. From what I've gathered Windows Server should be able to handle this? Would that be the best solution?

In the same line, when I edit the video's I prefer Mac OS, but don't want the actual Mac hardware. Would it be possible to run a VM of the Mac OS off the server as well? From what I've read Ubuntu is a good source for virtual machines, but I'm rather inexperienced with these types of things. The other question related to that is, would it use the servers hardware or my main rigs hardware if I run applications off of it?

Lastly I want to make it a media server that I can access remotely, and from what I've gathered is Plex is the best way to do that. Is there a better solution? It will be cross platform, so iPad, Computer, iPhone, ect.

As far as the hardware is concerned, this is what I've gathered would work well.

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157582

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113347

Ram: I'm currently up in the air about this, as I'm not sure how much RAM I'll need.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139045&ignorebbr=1

Or if going Micro isn't a good idea
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133278&ignorebbr=1&cm_re=PPSSBERLNQLARU-_-11-133-278-_-Product

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236970
I'm thinking about running 4 of those in RAID 10.
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207032

Is it possible to do what I want with what I've listed? Thank you again in advance for the help!
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@OP

A few notes:

1. You won't be running iOS off of any VM. iOS is built for ARM processors, not Intel's x86. If you mean Mac OS X, you won't be running that in a VM either, unless the host machine is also running OS X. It's a condition of Apple's EULA, should you choose to comply with it.

2. How many videos do you have? What's the average size of each one? What's the rate at which you are accumulating video?

3. Blacks are nice, but Western Digital Red 6TB is a good alternative.

4. You do not need an 8-core processor (unless AMD CPUs really are that bad), since the server machine will be serving media, rather than processing it. However, if you intend to transcode video on-the-fly before it hits your iPad, I'd recommend a 4-core unit. Also, did you notice:
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Vishera (LIQUID COOLING REQUIRED)

5. Windows Server 2003 will do the job, but there are also alternatives such as Amahi Home Server and Open Media Vault.
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Thank you for the reply! I've done a ton more reading since my first post.

1: Sounds like a plan, I'll just need to drag my Mac Book around then!

2: As far as video's go...I record with 6 go pro's @1080P 60FPS and a Sony PXW-2100 that I use for 4K work. The Go Pro's are usually around 20-30Mbs and the Sony can be all the way up to 550 Mbs in 8-10 minute chunks. Usually when I dump a days worth of work on to my computer it's anywhere from 250Gb's to 1TB. Currently I keep a lot of work on external hard drives, but dragging them around is a super pain.

3: I noticed the Blacks have a longer warranty, but the reds seem to be directed at NAS Storage. Which seems a bit confusing...

4:I think for now I'm just going to repurpose my current computer in my sig. I ordered a x5660 off Amazon for the lower power consumption. No plans to overclock it. If I run FreeNas it looks like I'll need to add a ton more ram.

5: I think FreeNas might be a bit more than I can handle. I'm super noob when it comes to software and it seems a bit over my head. Amahi looks really user friendly. Would you suggest that over Windows server 2003?
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