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    GarryWhevy
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    Building a Home Server

    First off, I'm not sure if this belongs in here or not, but I couldn't think of a better place for it. I've been contemplating getting a NAS drive for the longest time so that I can have automatic backups and storing of pictures and videos. I was mostly looking into Synology drives. More recently, I thought that it might be better to just build my own home server. I don't have any experience in this, so I was thinking Windows Home Server 2011 might be a good piece of software to buy. It seems pretty straightforward in terms of setting things up and getting it to automatically backup my files on my computers at home. It seems that Plex will also be able to run just fine.

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    Do you guys recommend building my own server from purchased hardware (which I can do) or buying something like an HP Proliant microserver and installing WHS 2011 on that?

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    If I'm building it myself, what kind of hardware would you recommend? Mostly, what kind of processor would be best? I understand it doesn't need to be anything beefy, but being able to transcode my video files with ease is a must.






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    DanielSoype
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    I setup my home server on a mac mini, decent bang for your buck, and good support. I prefer server’s as well, as a NAS can do some basic things (and there are even plex media server ports to lots of them, like sonology and certain drobo’s) But i wanted quite a bit more than that in terms of power.so mini in hand, i picked up a OWC raid:

    and hooked it up to the mac with a usb3 to esata adapter. I get about 250 MB/s from it. read, and 110-150 MB/s write.
    it’s currently working well using a hodgepodge of drives (all segate) and it’s built at 6tb. (raid 5 with 2tb disks)
    i use another two external drives (3tb each) to backup the computers on my network (2 laptops and a server) and the other one to backup the important parts of the raid.
    The mini was super easy to upgrade to 16gb, and i really want to do a boot SSD for it at some-point, but to be honest, the raid spinning up is the biggest lag really, so i have a hard time justifying it.
    Services my server runs are: (please note, most are only accessible via vpn, i don’t poke to many holes in my firewall)

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    OpenVPN, AFP, SMB, SFTP, WebDAV, HTTP (apache), IMAP/SMTP, Plex Media Server, iCam (ip camera software), SabNZB, SickBeard, Couchpotato, Siriproxy.
    it also powers my 60" tv @ 1080p.
    The power helps when you have a friend or two streaming from your media library, all transcoding, while your downloading something and you’re using the media center on the TV.
    The IP cam system is normally the largest resource hog however.
    All this stuff can be hosted on windows too, i just didn’t want to go through building something small, making sure power consumption was reasonable etc. The bad side of that is my intel HD4000. The upside is the setup doesn’t look out of place in my living room.

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    If you want to build your own, ask yourself what sort of pressure you want to put it under (is it going to be on 24/7, for example) or if you need specific performance out of it (Could RAID be useful? If so RAID can add to the price considerably, but does bring you benefits such as the ability to carry on if a drive fails (no more than one or two depending on the size and type of the array)). I bought the HP ML550 G5 servers when they were cheap enough and used these as RAID storage (using OpenFiler to create iSCSI volumes) a few years back and they were excellent for storage and vSphere, but the HP Microserver replaced them and I’ve heard nothing but good comments about them.

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