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So my home server setup right now is dismal.... I have a buffalo NAS and a plex server (running on my gaming computer)

I want to separate plex, expand my backups and integrate it all into a single place in my storage room (where the router and cable modem are)

I have 3 server cases, 2 norco rcp 230s (2u) and a logisys 4u. I want to use both norcos over the logisys right now because they can hold 4 hdds each and a matx board, the logisys holds 6 and is for a full atx board along with tons of pci mounts. I dont feel the need for the giant logisys case right now since the 2 norcos can do both things I need in the same space as the logisys.


So onto my needs.
Plex server, this one is easy, im only sending plex to one tv and sometimes my tablet... so no need to make this into a monster. I have a matx board, a i3 3225 a gt430 (not needed, but was laying around) three 3tb drive and a 1tb drive along with a tv tuner to setup auto recording from windows media center.


Now for replacing my NAS. My main needs are that I need to backup videos, music, files and pictures (wife is a photographer)
I would like a system that will auto backup every computer and phone that connects to my wifi so that even if she uses her phone to take photos of the kids, they are instantly backed up when she connects to the wifi.

The hardware will be four 6tb drive in a shared pool raidish thing that mirrors the data incase I loose a drive.
I would like for this server to backup the plex server aswell as the macs, pcs, phones (android and IOS).


Eventually I do plan to use the logisys case that will turn on, run auto backups of the plex server and the backup server weekly then turn off.


Really what It comes down to is what OS should I be running? Plex server will probably run win7 because I have a ton of win7 pro keys. But im not sure on the file server, should I run freenas, windows home server, or something else.
post #2 of 9
In terms of PLEX, if that's all or mainly what you'll be using that box for, I'd say to run Linux as it has less overhead.

As for the NAS/File Server, take a look at unRAID, it can do everything you're looking for and could even run PLEX for you as well since you'll only be running a couple of streams at a time.

You can run VM's inside of unRAID to perform the individual tasks you're looking for (i.e.: Backup) or run them in Docker containers.
post #3 of 9
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With that advice, do you think I should more or less just make both servers identical hardware wise? just having the backup server running the four 6tb drives and the plex running four 3tb drives(already have the 3tb drives) (then I can clone plex once a week) and run them both on unRAID

EDIT: actually reading up on unRAID, looks like I may have a use for that monster logisys case smile.gif I can load up a few GPUs, make a few VMs and create a rackmount 4 person lan from a single computer.
Edited by ejohnson - 1/29/16 at 1:11pm
post #4 of 9
Do you have the hardware already for the NAS?
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Originally Posted by ejohnson View Post

With that advice, do you think I should more or less just make both servers identical hardware wise? just having the backup server running the four 6tb drives and the plex running four 3tb drives(already have the 3tb drives) (then I can clone plex once a week) and run them both on unRAID

EDIT: actually reading up on unRAID, looks like I may have a use for that monster logisys case smile.gif I can load up a few GPUs, make a few VMs and create a rackmount 4 person lan from a single computer.

You can essentially run everything off of one box instead of building multiple servers.
post #6 of 9
Have you ever looked into FreeNAS? I use it for my basic server needs and i believe it has plex support using a plugin. Takes minimal hardware to run. Just a thought.
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Do you have the hardware already for the NAS?

Parts I have right now

2 lga 1155 matx motherboards (new, just been collection dust) both asrock, dont know the models, but one has a pcie x16 and a pcie x1, the other has 2 pcie x16 and 2 pci slots
1 i3 3225
1 celeron something
3 3(three) tb drives
1 1(one) tb drive
a stack of 2-4gb ram sticks ddr3
a pile of 2.5 inch hdds and 3.5 inch hdds ranging from 80gb - 1tb
lots of random psus, but nothing I think I want to use in these. (needs to have fan on back of psu because the cases have no psu intake holes)

2 norco rcp 230 cases
1 logisys 4u case

6u rack (ikea rast)


Im thinking with this hardware I should be able to get both running at least using the 3tb drives, then start upgrading drives as they fail while filling in the empty slots with bigger drives.


Is it possible to use unRAID as a middleman between my cable modem and my router so it pretty much saves everything that comes in through the internet connection? Would be nice for when I download something, then delete it, then forget where I got it from.
post #8 of 9
You're saying you want to expose the unRAID server to the internet? That probably wouldn't be a good idea. You'd still want it behind your firewall/router.
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It's not a feature that I must have smile.gif. In fact it would get used so rarely.
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