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  1. You can't use port numbers in DNS entries as far as I am aware. But if I am wrong, please send a link to where you can because I would like to see that.
  2. That doesn't really work. not unless you add the port to the domain (eg plex.example.com:32400). In which case there is literally no point to using different sub domains because plex.example.com:32400 would go to the same place as ts.example.com:32400 Also if services need specific ports to be open, these will need to be open regardless of whether you use a reverse proxy or not.
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    Multi User Steam Library?

    A caching server is a good way to go about this, probably the only way to go about it really. As far as I know, you can't use the same files hosted on a server to serve the game to multiple client PCs. So you would still need to download the game onto each PC in the LAN party. The caching server can take some of the strain off your internet connection, so you would need to have a dedicated machine that would act as a cache. Basically you would download PUBG on your computer and the server would save the files as they came from Steam. Then in theory, anyone else that needs to download the game on your network would pull the files from your server rather than the steam servers. With the correct setup you can get some stupid speeds from the cache server. But a word of warning, I tried to do this with a Virtual machine, and you actually needed to dedicate a large amount of resources to the caching server in order to get really fast download speeds.
  4. Depending on how comfortable around PC hardware and building your own PC you may be better off building something rather than buying. I built my first Plex server for about £250. There are some advantages to buying a NAS but unless you spend a little more you will be missing out on the more advanced features. I started off with a pentium dual core and 8GB RAM (RAM was cheap when I built my machine) The idea was that I could scale up various parts as and when my needs grew. And since then I have gone from a small 4TB tower PC to a rackmount beast with 52TB (40 usable). You just don't have that scalability with a store bought NAS Also, unless you are spending money on a very good CPU, you should get the idea of transcoding 4K footage out of your mind. You can optimise the media ahead of time, but I - as well as most people I think - have found that it is generally best to have both a 4K version as well as a 1080p version. Then if you do need to transcode, you can do so from the 1080p copy and have a much better time. Also most 4K files have HDR colour toning, and as soon as you transcode this you will loose it and your file will look very washed out and flat.
  5. A reverse proxy is what you're after. I have a single static public IP address then a load of services running on different virtual machines. Here's a brief list of some of them: Plex Organizr Monitorr sonarr radarr ombi nextcloud hastebin gitlab homeassistant Bookstack wiki There are probably more but you get the idea. I have a single VM dedicated to being the reverse proxy. So all my traffic is forwarded to this internal IP address then it separates it out and forwards the traffic to where it needs to go. It can be quite a daunting task at first but it gets a bit easier as you go and there are a shed load of tutorials online.
  6. Depending on how much of an issue aesthetics are for you, you could always buy a rack-mount case full of hot-swap bays, take the rack ears off and store it on its side. They are roughly the same sort of size of a desktop case, they are usually a little longer though. Most rack-mount cases look alright from the front but are usually bare metal on the sides as you usually wouldn't see this in a rack. But I got a rack-mount case for my white-box server long before I ever got a rack to mount it in.
  7. The problem with workstation equipment is they can often have not a lot of room for expandability. The HP Z Series workstations for example only have enough space for something like 5 drives in the 840 series. So whilst they are very powerful and very quiet, you can only add a few more drives. Compared to some of the rackmount equipment where you can fit 24+ drives in a case of a similar size.
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    Redundant Ubuntu webserver

    you need to include a bit more information. Are you hosting this at home? What level of redundancy are you aiming for? Do you want full redundancy? This will cost way more money than you think as involves a minimum of 2 of everything. 2xinternet connections, ups, generators, minimum of two servers etc etc, What's your budget? Once we have a better understanding of what it is you are trying to do and what sort of tools/budget to work with we can help more than we can now.
  9. I use Transparent Raid from FlexRAID. From what I can gather, it works in much the same way that unraid does in terms of storage. But it runs on windows, as well as other platforms. I have 40TB usable space with 2x6tb parity drives. Although I'm considering removing one of these as I need the storage space. You can pool random disks from different vendors and different sizes. You can delete and recreate the array with no data loss. You can add a write cache using SSDs if you want. It's worked well for me for a couple of years now. Having said that in that time I haven't lost a disk so I'm not sure what the rebuild process is like. But because everything is stored on normal ntfs drives you can pull the drives out and read them on another computer.
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    2 gamers 1 cpu with Hyper-V?

    I think on the newer hyper-v you can pass through a graphics card but you need to pass through the entire card to a single VM. So you would need to have a GPU per VM.
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    Ark Survival Server

    I ran an Ark server on a windows 10 Virtual machine with 4cores and 8GB RAM. This was only for a handful of friends so wasn't a huge server, but it wasn't that resource intensive. The VM was running on Windows server 2016 using Hyper-V. Hardware was a Dell R710 low powered Xeons, I think L5630 or something similar. Ran perfectly.
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    Reason for not buying PC instead of prebuilt NAS

    the same reason people go to best buy or PC world and buy a desktop computer there. Most people aren't comfortable building their own systems and buying pre-built usually comes with some sort of support system as well as a single place to return the hardware if there is a fault or dealing with warranty etc.
  13. If he's an indie film maker I'm going to assume he only really works/edits as a one man team. In which case I wouldn't get a nas. I would get a DAS. If a NAS is needed, Qnap do one that I have used on a feature film before that had 2x10GB rj45 and 2xThunderbolt2 as well as a couple usb3 and 1gb ethernet. I can't remember the exact model as it was a couple of years ago now. It was about $2500 for the NAS and then the disks were extra. It had 8 x 8tb disks and in a raid array it had a throughput of around 700mbps.
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    What's the best/easier way to make a VM machine

    There is also a Hyper-V OS that you can install for free. The catch is that I think realistically you need another windows PC to manage it. But it is completely free, no limits, no trial. Just free.
  15. Wildcards are the best.
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