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About KingCollins

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  • Location
    Cork, Ireland
  • Occupation
    Software Engineer


  • CPU
    Intel i5 4690k 4.2Ghz
  • Motherboard
    MSi Z97S Krait SLi
  • RAM
    16GB Samsung 1366Mhz
  • GPU
    Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX970 4gb
  • Case
    NZXT H440
  • Storage
    OCZ RevoDrive3 500Gb PCIe SSD 2x Seagate Barracuda 500Gb, 1x WD Green 1.5Tb
  • PSU
    Antec 750W High Current Pro
  • Display(s)
    3x Samsung LS24E390HL 24"
  • Cooling
    Corsair H100i GTX
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview
  1. Windows Server storage pool size

    Wow looks like my thread got alot of attention/feedback! Just so everyone knows, I am a noob when it comes to Windows Server, this is my first time using it and I am only using it because Plex Media Server seems to transcode my files a little more brisk compared to FreeBSD or Linux. I was using FreeNAS before and I quite enjoyed it! I am only learning Yup you are absolutely right, I have a separate SAS drive for my OS. Am I right in saying that the performance is quite good? I personally have maxed out (almost) my gigabit home network connection transferring files from an SSD in my gaming PC to my server. Write speeds were 900-950 Mbits/s to my storage pool which is mechanical disks. I think that is fantastic? There is nothing important on this server, only some movies and TV shows, "IF IT DIES, IT DIES" (insert meme). Was just looking to buy some more storage and was wondering if I just added a 4Tb HDD to the pool, would I loose a lot of space. Thanks again guys for the feedback and lesson
  2. Windows Server storage pool size

    Wow, thanks for the explanation guys, makes total sense! Is there any way possible to create a storage pool in Windows server without having to use Raid? For just a bunch of disks? JBOD
  3. Windows Server storage pool size

    Hey guys, I have a noob question, if you see my screenshot below, you can see from a storage pool in a test machine I have running Windows Server 2016. I have a 2TB and 1.5TB HDD in a storage pool, raid 0. Capacity does say 3.18TB, but the final storage pool capacity is 2.73TB. I know there is some sort of calculation doing on regarding the pool, but is it always as bad as 300GB? Please do not roast, I am noob, rush B
  4. Windows Hyper-V Virtual Switch issues

    It's fixed! As all of you said, and most recently @Blake , something was up with my Hyper-V virtual switch. My main ethernet interface was assigned an IP address, but my virtual switch could not contact the DHCP. All I did was delete the existing virtual switch, created a new one and reconfigured my VM's and now everyone can ping everything! My connection details are exactly as Blake's screenshots above. Thanks again to everybody for the help! Will be back soon with my next screw up
  5. Windows Hyper-V Virtual Switch issues

    Not too sure really! Force of habbit, I always hide everything.
  6. Windows Hyper-V Virtual Switch issues

    Well maybe that's my problem! My server only has one NIC, and as you can see from the screenshot below, it's actually the other way around, it's the host ethernet adapter that the IP address is configured on. The virtual switch does not have a IP address. Server interface: Virtual Switch Interface:
  7. Windows Hyper-V Virtual Switch issues

    So, to start from the beginning, I have: A physical Pfsense machine with a dual NIC, WAN and LAN: WAN is DHCP from my ISP as we don't have a static IP address A static LAN address of LAN range is - 256 LAN DHCP IP address range is from - 200 - 256 is reserved for "reserve IP addresses" (PFsense does not allow you to reserve IP address that are within the DHCP IP address range) A physical Windows Server 2016 with 2 VM's: Ubuntu 14.04 running in Windows Hyper-V (Static IP address) Ubuntu 16.04 running in Windows Hyper-V (DHCP) Unfortunately I am in work at the moment and I am connected to my home network via a VPN so I cannot test an actual physical machine on the network to the VM's or the host, but this is what I have so far, bare in mind my Work PC is connected via VPN: Work PC to Windows Server = Sucessful ping Work PC to 14.04 VM = Sucessful ping Work PC to 16.04 VM = Sucessful ping Windows Server to 14.04 VM = Destination host unreachable Windows Server to 16.04 VM = Destination host unreachable 14.04 VM to 16.04 VM = Sucessful ping Both VM's to Windows Server = Destination host unreachable Again I appreciate the help guys, sorry if I am a network noob.
  8. Windows Hyper-V Virtual Switch issues

    This is where I become quite the noob. I recently built a pfsense firewall/router a few weeks ago which is the DHCP server. I have a funny suspicion this is where the problem lies, but I haven't changed anything or applied any obscure rules. Simple setup using the wizard with a firewall rule to PASS all traffic on the LAN network
  9. Windows Hyper-V Virtual Switch issues

    Ok so, what I've done is removed the static rule from one of my Linux VM's and set it to DHCP, I also removed the reserved IP address in the firewall so that it request a IP address from the DHCP server. After a reboot, I can see that the VM was successfully able to assign an IP address from the DHCP server which is on the same subnet as my other machines. For example, both my server and VM is 192.168.0.XXX. But still, I cannot ping my server from the VM and vise versa. Here is a screenshot of my Virtual Switch Manager: Would it have anything to do with the IP range of the DHCP server? More information that might be helpful: LAN IP range is DHCP range is IP Reserved Range is (Router reserved IP addresses) Thanks again for the help
  10. Windows Hyper-V Virtual Switch issues

    Also when trying to ping, I get a: PING 192.168.XXX.XXX (192.168.XXX.XXX) 56(84) bytes of data. From 192.168.XXX.XXX icmp_seq=1 Destination Host Unreachable
  11. Hey guys, trying to keep this as short and simple as I can. I am having an issue on my Windows server where my Hyper-V vm's cannot reach other machines on the network (ping). When I created the vm's, Windows created a virtual switch with a preferred address of 169.254.XXX.XXX, but my subnet is When I assign a static IP address for my Linux vm's on the same subnet (, I can see them as online on my Firewall (pfsense). I added an IPV4 rule on my firewall to allow all traffic for the hyper-v switch (168.254.XXX.XXX), but still nothing Anyone have any experience with Windows Hyper-V that can help me out? Stumped on this one.
  12. Best PCIe x16 Riser Card/Ribbon?

    This looks like a good place to start! Thanks guys
  13. Best PCIe x16 Riser Card/Ribbon?

    Hey guys, was just thinking about wall mounting my gaming rig for a new house I will be moving into in a few months. Shouldn't be too big of a project but I have some concerns about using a PCIe x16 riser card. I would really like if my GPU and SSD could be mounted flat beneath my motherboard, is there any decent riser cards out there that wont affect performance? I need two. One for my GPU and one for my SSD (it's a OCZ RevoDrive PCIe x16). More specs can be seen bellow. Any thoughts?
  14. Windows 10 for "NAS"?

    If you have a Windows 10 license and all of those spare parts, I would defo go down the route of a fully built PC. If you look in my specs below, I built that machine mostly from old parts from work (including the license), and all I had to pay for was the HDDs. I just wanted new WD Red's because I have alot of family and friends that use my server as there main source for entertainment. Plex is an absolute breeze to set up on Windows, super simple, also has apps available for Chromcast, iOS and Android so you can watch stuff outside of your home network when your travelling. I am also using Sonarr and Radarr to automatically download movies and TV shows. Server downloads content and organizes it automatically, haven't touched it in weeks.
  15. DNS timing out every hour exactly?

    That was just a fluke But . . . looks like you're right again on the 2 hours: Still weird though that the DNS is failing. I'm just gonna add a IP address reserve for my servers MAC address, I'm sure this will bypass the lease time? Or am I wrong? Thanks for the replies btw!