Originally Posted by fg2chase
Originally Posted by PuffinMyLye
I think the point being made is that you've got this extremely long thread, much of which is based on all the troubleshooting you've been doing. Much of that could have been avoided by going with server grade hardware and software. One thing people often seem to undervalue is their time. You may have saved money on hardware but how much time have you spent working on this server to get it "stable?" Server grade hardware and software is more expensive for a reason, it is intended to be set it and forget for the most part. This server may be "only" for a Plex server, but if you want that server running 24/7 with few hiccups the best way to do that is to build a system designed for just that.
And just a side note, while my "home" plex server is used for a lot more than just home use, I've grown to rely on it for 80%+ of my media needs so it being down is just not acceptable to me. Just my personal anecdote.
Troubleshooting is part of the fun tbh, I may complain at the time but really I enjoy fixing problems which believe it or not are not that common. This server has been running continuously for years and usually breaks when I am tying something new or I have screwed up something or like a power supply starts dying. Which happens to "server grade" ones too.
Totally agree. I do not think it's worth spending more on Xeons when AMD chips already support ECC just for the sake of having Intel so you can claim 'compatibility'.
I recently switched from Win 8.1 to Mint 18.1 on my media server and it ran wonderfully for a week until it crashed. Oddly the machine was actually still running but I couldn't remote connect to it and the screen I have connected to the server said that there is no connection so certain services crashed while the VM's running the Plex and Torrent sections were still running.
Personally I no longer like Windows as server OS and think Linux is far more stable, smooth and light and I use a regular desktop distro. If my server crashes again in a few days time I will look into another distro, maybe Ubuntu server, Manjaro or even CentOS. I am not averse to experimentation as Plex runs in its own dedicated VM so I only need to install VBox and Plex is back up and running. It would be less resource intensive if I ran Plex in a container but I think a dedicated VM offers more redundancy and security.