Description

Decided to build a FreeNas box. My data storage was a mess. I started researching back in November. Reading guides, the official doc, watching YouTube videos. When I felt I was finally ready I started ordering all the parts, and put it together. OS runs on 2 8gb flash drives running in raid 1. Using Stock cooler on the processor, may some day upgrade No Video card, it's running headless through the dedicated IPMI NIC, in a corner. I never expect to touch it physically again until I move. Unless a hard drive dies of course. Running raid Z2(2 parity drives) Usable space about 16.25tb

Storage needs included -- Media, Local Steam Cache, Virtual Machine storage, Video and Film editing raw files, and local backup(Yes I know Raid is not backup important stuff is saved in cloud and in a safety deposit box) Running FreeNAS-9.3-CURRENT-201503130047

Jails running Plex(6 concurrent 1080p streams before we see stuttering) Sickbeard Couchpotato Mylar Sabnzbd Owncloud *Murmur

Build Diary https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t18JwWe2Ia_k4_pdnhf5gNjCPuf96s_tIy-pYqf5aDQ/edit?usp=sharing

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  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Holy Terabytes batman..

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I was going to question why you needed such a powerful CPU until I saw in the description you are running multiple HD Plex streams. Have you thought about putting in an SSD cache drive in increase write speeds in the short term, or is that not a problem for you.

Other than that, lovely build!

How did you setup the Flash Drives in RAID, thinking about it that may not be an option for me as I am not running the most up to date FreeNas software.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking the SSD cache, but haven't seen the need for it as of yet. I'm keeping a very close eye on performance this first month to see if I need any changes/upgrades.

In the latest version of Freenas when you install you can pick 2 drives to install off of. One drive is the master and it automagically makes the other a slave.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the info, I might have to look at updating my freenas version to the latest. Not sure I want the hastle atm though, mine is running, and I dont want to screw something up!

If you drop an SSD in, could you post the write speed you are then getting vs your current?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I bought the same R4 case for an X99 build that didn't happen, so I may follow your lead. That said, your build diary is a little scary. Not plug and play from the get-go, eh? :)

More of us should be using Xeon CPUs and ECC RAM, especially in applications like this. Good choice.

BTW, you have an extraneous '8' (and trailing slash) in your RAM kit model number, which is why it didn't auto-populate.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I had a lot of fun putting entries into the Diary. I knew it was going to be a huge learning experience to begin with. I did re-learn much of what I had forgotten about Linux(which wasn't a lot to begin with, ls, rm * -r at the root) and learned a bunch.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build! It appears that you are using SATA disks in SAS controller. I know that SAS ports can take SATA drives, but does FreeNAS perform without issues in this particular case?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Since Installing back in March, I have had no drive issues or performance issues, I am still able to stream 3 local 1080p streams and 2 remote 720p without performance loss or excessive drive read/writes

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build. Thinking of building something similar to this with the Xeon E3-1231 V3 and Supermicro X10SL7-F with the Fractal R5 case..

Quick question, did you have to flash the onboard LSI into IT mode?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

No It wasn't required

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Really an impressive build. Clean for the amount of hardware and wiring needed. Most storage other than a server that I have seen. 32 GB of RAM? Amazing for the price of the build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

With Freenas the rule of thumb is about 1gb of ram per 1tb of storage, and then about 2gb per Jail. I am maxed on my motherboard ram at the moment so If I wanted to get a SAS add on card and bay, I would need to get a new motherboard for more ram. I work Enterprise IT and we have a pretty hefty storage environment. so when building something like this you talk around the office and some of the guys wanted me to go full rack mount 2u chassis and pull out all the stops for a home file server in my office...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice - I run a Microserver with 4x 2TB disks for a file server myself. What is the power draw like on idle, and when streaming? Are the disks on all the time or do they take a moment to spin up?

I use Caviar Greens in mine, as the Red line wasn't around when I put my build together.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Power IDLE right now with nothing reading or writing is 66W(According to the UPS Output) full drive spin/3 Plex streams /Copying large files over the network it jumps up to 300W, I just installed the UPS today, so I will keep an eye on it. I may get a Kill A Watt and do a real in depth analysis.

The drives will go IDLE after 5 minutes of non use. However you can use WDIDLE3 to turn off sleep and head parking on the reds/greens. I'm pretty sure it's included in the UBCD(Ultimate Boot CD)

I found this article on the performance of Red VS Green that's a pretty good read. http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/tips/Disable_WDGreen_HeadParking.htm

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow what a storage build. That many hard drives off a chipset in such a big array really scares me. Maybe you should consider a raid card in the future? +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard itself has a LSI 2308 built in, also a highly recommended one for these Freenas builds is IBM ServeRAID M1015. I did evaluate it vs the onboard LSI and either way I have to turn off the hardware raid control and have Freenas manage it via Software raid anyway. So I kept with the Onboard raid and flashed it to IT mode.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I would have gone for a EVGA G2 or better if I was you and planing on running it 24/7. It would save you money in the long run.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

so when watching movies on an ipad or laptop, the actual decoding is done by the NAS server? I've debated for a while to whether get a cheap old system or build a new one from scratch. If server does all the decoding, then I guess I have to build a new server then, because I have lots of ripped native bluray movies and soon will be ripping 4k blurays.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the NAS server does all of the encoding for plex. I watch on my HTPC, Ipad, and Android phone. My sister watches from her husbands PS4. I think you will need a plex pass subscription though to do it. I got in before they raised the price