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New home server - setup and advice?

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I've decided to get a dedicated server, it will be used for the following -

- NAS storage server
- running VMs for various uses
- Emby

I am mostly a Windows person and want to use DrivePool to manage storage. I also have a Server 2012 Essentials license. Questions :-

  • Server 2012 as main OS and hypervisor. Is there any advantage to using Proxmox/ESXi instead?
  • DrivePool storage will be shared to other vm's - NFS or SMB?
  • What are some useful vm's for home use?
  • Instead of many vm's it seems Docker is very popular. Which Linux host should I use and is there an easy way to manage these?
  • What's a good way to manage the server remotely, see performance etc over the web? For Linux I found netdata but nothing for Windows
  • How much memory is recommended for a bunch of VMs, transcoding etc. Which cpu? I plan to buy a server off ebay, probably a SuperMicro with multiple hotswap bays
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Server 2012 as main OS and hypervisor. Is there any advantage to using Proxmox/ESXi instead?

-ESXi has a large install base and tons of online help. Hyper-V is a little more limited. That being said I've used Hyper-V for a lot of things and it works well.

DrivePool storage will be shared to other vm's - NFS or SMB?

-If it's all consumed at they hypervisor layer or from windows VM's remotely, SMB. If you're presenting linux remote storage, probably easier to do NFS.

What are some useful vm's for home use?

-depends on what you want to do. I segregate roles (fileserver, plex media server, active directory, etc). Whatever you want to learn on and blow away is good to go in it's own VM

Instead of many vm's it seems Docker is very popular. Which Linux host should I use and is there an easy way to manage these?

-can't really comment, haven't had a lot of docker experience

What's a good way to manage the server remotely, see performance etc over the web? For Linux I found netdata but nothing for Windows

-MRTG, Solarwinds, ZenOSS.

How much memory is recommended for a bunch of VMs, transcoding etc. Which cpu? I plan to buy a server off ebay, probably a SuperMicro with multiple hotswap bays

-the more memory the better. Systems can be had with lots of RAM for not a ton of money on Ebay. Dell C series systems are abundant. C1100 or C2100's have lots of capabilities. CPU - I transcode a lot on my systems with dual e5520's and have not had any issues with CPU usage.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 Asus Maximus Formula Zotac Geforce 8800GT 8GB Kingston DDR2800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Intel X25M G2 Ben-Q DVD+-RW Windows 7 Ultimate Dual Dell 19" Trinitrons + 1 Hanns-G 19" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MS Natural Multimedia Rosewill RX750-D-B Antec 900 Razer Diamondback 
Mouse Pad
Razer eXactMat 
CPUCPUMotherboardRAM
Intel Xeon Intel Xeon 440BX Desktop Reference Platform Kingston ValueRam - 72GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Seagate Barracuda ES.2 Hitachi HUS724040ale640 Micron M500DC VMware ESXi 6.0 
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