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06-24-2019 05:17 AM
parityboy
Quote: Originally Posted by Dopamin3 View Post
Great build! I really like that motherboard with dual LAN and dual NVME when it's only mini ITX. Also that case with the 8 hot swappable bays! Good stuff.
Thanks! The dual-LAN was a hard requirement for me; the dual NVMe was a nice bonus though. The case is nicely laid out but the build quality leaves a lot to be desired, unfortunately. Still, 8 3.5" drives in a mITX form factor is a beautiful thing - if the likes of Fractal Design or IcyDock came out with a similar case, I'd grab it in a heartbeat.
06-23-2019 02:48 PM
Dopamin3
Quote: Originally Posted by parityboy View Post
Nah, it was built in kind of a hurry so I didn't log any of it. Specs:

Gigabyte H370N WiFi
Intel i5 8400
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
(2) Samsung SM961 128GB NVMe in MD RAID 1
(5) Western Digital Red 8TB in MD RAID 6
LSI 9211-8i
Norco ITX-S8
Seasonic SS-350M1U

The host runs Proxmox VE with the LSI controller passed through to the NAS/iSCSI VM. I haven't built out the rest of the VMs or containers yet; part of the reason for choosing the i5 was that at least one of the VMs will be a Jenkins build server; if AMD did an 8C/16T Ryzen APU I'd have picked that instead.
Great build! I really like that motherboard with dual LAN and dual NVME when it's only mini ITX. Also that case with the 8 hot swappable bays! Good stuff.
06-22-2019 07:16 PM
parityboy
Quote: Originally Posted by Dopamin3 View Post
Nice! Did you do a build log or any thread about it? Would love to check it out.
Nah, it was built in kind of a hurry so I didn't log any of it. Specs:

Gigabyte H370N WiFi
Intel i5 8400
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
(2) Samsung SM961 128GB NVMe in MD RAID 1
(5) Western Digital Red 8TB in MD RAID 6
LSI 9211-8i
Norco ITX-S8
Seasonic SS-350M1U

The host runs Proxmox VE with the LSI controller passed through to the NAS/iSCSI VM. I haven't built out the rest of the VMs or containers yet; part of the reason for choosing the i5 was that at least one of the VMs will be a Jenkins build server; if AMD did an 8C/16T Ryzen APU I'd have picked that instead.
06-22-2019 06:58 AM
Dopamin3
Quote: Originally Posted by parityboy View Post
@Dopamin3

I've just completed a mITX converged server build myself, running Proxmox VE. Proxmox has its (well documented) faults but overall it's really quite nice.
Nice! Did you do a build log or any thread about it? Would love to check it out.
06-18-2019 06:21 PM
parityboy @Dopamin3

I've just completed a mITX converged server build myself, running Proxmox VE. Proxmox has its (well documented) faults but overall it's really quite nice.
06-07-2019 07:52 PM
Dopamin3
Quote: Originally Posted by reezin14 View Post
Every time I want to increase my storage I don't want to have to buy x4 or x5 hdd's.
Whether going to bigger drives or adding another pool.
I just want to increase as I see fit. If I was running 50TB's to 100TB's then sure.
I'm still under 13TB's at the moment. And that's with a pool size of 20TB's
That's the part of ZFS I don't like, adds unwanted expenses IMO.
Yeah that's the biggest flaw of ZFS and I totally understand where you're coming from. RAIDZ expansion will be coming out at some point. There is actually an alpha out right now: https://github.com/zfsonlinux/zfs/pull/8853 but it's basically for testing only and I would never ever use it on actual data. Hopefully it will become stable and integrated into all the OSes that support ZFS. As much as I'd like to think that it will be "soon" it's still probably going to be a couple years realistically.
06-06-2019 08:48 PM
reezin14 Hmmm, I'll have a look at Proxmox sounds interesting I was entertaining XCP-NG also.
I've looked/ran Unraid but it just didn't seem that impressive to me.
Especially the $$ part, when there are many viable/better free alternatives out there.
I agree with you that FreeNas is excellent overall, used it in the past.
At this time it doesn't fit my needs/wants specifically with storage.

Every time I want to increase my storage I don't want to have to buy x4 or x5 hdd's.
Whether going to bigger drives or adding another pool.
I just want to increase as I see fit. If I was running 50TB's to 100TB's then sure.
I'm still under 13TB's at the moment. And that's with a pool size of 20TB's
That's the part of ZFS I don't like, adds unwanted expenses IMO.

I'm thinking in the next couple of years or so I'll be moving to SSD's for bulk storage.
I've been using Win 16/19 with Stablebit drive pooling for a few years now, it's been solid so...

But yeah, I was impressed with the Asrock line-up of boards.
Not only IPMI but dual M.2 and optionally 10Gb plus support for 7nm on top.
So in a few years, I could throw in a 16c/32t CPU for relatively cheap.

No biggie about the power the consumption I have a kill-a-watt here.
It's just this server will be running 24/7 and don't want a power hog.
My current setup uses under 65w at load. I'll be hitting you up now & then for info.
Sorry so long winded.
06-06-2019 06:36 PM
Dopamin3
Quote: Originally Posted by reezin14 View Post
Looks and sounds like an excellent build. I was thinking along the same lines once the new Ryzen 3 CPU's come out.
Transferring over some of my sig rig components and I'd be good. Seeing your setup convinces me to go this route.
Except I'll probably go the Linux or Win Server 19 route and use Emby for my media needs.

I have also been on the lookout for the Asrock Rack x470D4U2/2L2T line of server boards.
Would love to get the 2L2T version for onboard 10Gb but just may go with an add-on card depending on prices.
Add a gtx1060,1660 or use my RX 470 for transcoding and that's that.
I'm also planning to add some VM's just for pen-testing too. Anyway thanks for your insight.

EDIT: I'd also like to ask what are your idle and load watts usage. If you happen to know/care.
I would recommend checking out Proxmox. It's Debian Linux based and is an awesome hypervisor. Would be great for you to run Emby and a bunch of VMs, etc... I wouldn't recommend Windows Server for media/VM, as with any Linux/Unix there is less overhead, more stability, and better licensing (usually free! and you can view the source and/or modify it). Avoid unRAID. I encourage you to explore the benefits of the ZFS filesystem (technically OpenZFS but everybody it's usually just called ZFS) and try to work that into your build for storage. Proxmox supports it and here is a guide that might give you some good information: https://forum.level1techs.com/t/how-...ictures/117375 Although this video is old from 2008, here is a great presentation about ZFS:

The Asrock Rack board looks fantastic! Having dedicated IPMI is a huge plus. I was even thinking of buying the Lantronix Spider so I could enable that for this build, but ultimately it's a little too expensive. I run it headless and dread the day I have to go upstairs and lug a monitor to do any troubleshooting. With IPMI that's 100% mitigated. Also with the Asrock Rack I wouldn't have to have a 5450 just plugged in doing nothing. My X370 Taichi probably only had about 6 months of power on time with a very moderate overclock, so fingers crossed I expect it to last a REALLY long time with good airflow and no overclocks going on.

Unfortunately I don't know power consumption and don't have a reliable way to test it. Maybe one of these day's I'll get a Kill-A-Watt, but honestly it's a very low priority for me. Sorry I can't comment on that.
06-06-2019 04:39 PM
reezin14 Looks and sounds like an excellent build. I was thinking along the same lines once the new Ryzen 3 CPU's come out.
Transferring over some of my sig rig components and I'd be good. Seeing your setup convinces me to go this route.
Except I'll probably go the Linux or Win Server 19 route and use Emby for my media needs.

I have also been on the lookout for the Asrock Rack x470D4U2/2L2T line of server boards.
Would love to get the 2L2T version for onboard 10Gb but just may go with an add-on card depending on prices.
Add a gtx1060,1660 or use my RX 470 for transcoding and that's that.
I'm also planning to add some VM's just for pen-testing too. Anyway thanks for your insight.

EDIT: I'd also like to ask what are your idle and load watts usage. If you happen to know/care.
06-05-2019 05:06 AM
Dopamin3
Quote: Originally Posted by parityboy View Post
@OP

45C - that cooler is certainly performing. On that note, as much as Plex transcodes in real-time, does it cache its transcodes so that it doesn't have to process the same stream repeatedly?
It does do some caching, but it's very aggressive at cleaning them up. In the folder /usr/local/plexdata/Plex Media Server/Cache/Transcode/Sessions there will be a folder for each stream that's happening with a bunch of files like chunk-stream0-00001.m4s, chunk-stream0-00002.m4s, etc... But they are automatically deleted shortly after the user ends the stream. So essentially, everything is transcoded on the fly. Most of my media is 720P HEVC for optimal file sizes, and surprisingly some clients can direct play them without transcoding, like an Xbox One for example. I also get a lot of direct plays on older TV shows or cartoons that I could only find in 480p so that doesn't tax the CPU too much. I had my peak streams last night, 6 in total with 2 direct plays and 4 transcodes. CPU briefly hit 70% but other than that it was a lot lower. I'm impressed by the 1700, my Xeon quad core would've been pegged to the max. I noticed no slowdown for my VMs, jails, or SMB/NFS shares during this time either.
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