I want to use this site to create and buy a decent, expandable Home server. I want to use it for all the normal reasons,... Backup, file serving,movie serving, music serving...
I am trying to decide which parts work best together. Am I better off to pick piece by piece, get a barebones server and add memory, CPU and, etc or just purchase an HP or Dell server...
Any help with working configs would be helpful...
well since you dont need a godly cpu, just grab a pentium
An old computer lying around can be a server. All you need to do is just add big capacity hard drives and install FreeNAS.
But, if you don't have that: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/TechKat/saved/26t9
I've added a low-profile 8GB Flash Drive because you can install FreeNAS onto there and use it as a boot drive. The 4 drive bays in the case can all be used for the storage drives.
The motherboard has a gigabit ethernet for faster data transfer and RAID capabilities to mirror data over your drives for full protection from data loss. :)
Do I really want to use FreeNAS vs Windows Server 2012/8? I appreciate your selections..
Well, you want to just use it for media streaming, right?
FreeNAS is a linux-based operating system which is controlled through the web based management. It has the capabilities to support Linux, Mac and Windows sharing.
Can you please repost your parts list? I am ready to act on it
My apologies, I deleted it by mistake hoping you'd seen it already. I'll quickly fire up a fresh one.
Thanks muchly... do I need to add a cpu fan to this?
Since it's only a server build, it won't need an aftermarket fan. The CPU box should come with a stock heatsink and it should work just fine.
How bout this build?
Do I have to worry about Windows Server 2012 installing on it?
Do you really want to put Windows Server 2012 on it?
Or WIndows 2008
For a server you don't really need to spend on the OS. FreeNAS and unRAID both are wonderful and have data redundancy. I would suggest reading on it, or doing the free trial to see if you want either.
But does it have to be Windows? What exactly are you planning on doing with it?
But is the build ok? Will it work as well as an OEM product?
Do you have any old computers laying around? You could buy some new hard drives and simply load FreeNAS or whatever you'd like. If not, go cheap. A file server doesn't take much. A basic Celeron/Pentium based machine would do the job.
I wouldn't buy from Dell or HP for a number of reasons. Both business wise and politically wise. I don't want to digress too much.
I want something that has 6 drive bays
Can do Raid 0/1/5
Can expand to 32GB memory if necessary
will take all current processors.
Any other advice for me?
Can I get some opinions on this build?
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Do you have any feedback for this build?
I am considering buying a Dell T110 or a HP Proliant ML310e so I don't have to worry about OS support.....
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