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  1. I went towards a standard tower pc build rather than something like a PowerEdge solution mainly for noise and standard parts reasons. It still looks like a decent option though.
  2. Thanks everyone for the build suggestions. A lot of what you guys have recommended using falls in line with the list ideas I’d come up with, with the main difference I’m seeing is a more powerful cpu. If anybody could provide any more insight into freenas and its capabilities, is my goal of automated migration of old files to the hard drives reasonable?
  3. I'm part of an engineering design team at my university (Formula SAE for those who may be familiar) that is constantly running into storage limitations with the amount of server space the school will allow us to have. They provide us with roughly 1.5TB while we currently use approximately 1TB every year. Our current "solution" is moving older files to various external drives where they then become next to useless and impossible to find. For a more sustainable solution, I've started looking into options for us to build our own NAS and customize it to best suit our needs. While I have experience with PC hardware and building, and watch LTT religiously, this is not my area of expertise so I'd appreciate some help from the community. Here's a quick list of the current goals I've come up with: 2-3TB of SSD storage for files being actively worked on and frequently accessed Another 10 or so terabytes of HDD storage for "cold storage" of older files that are less likely to be accessed SFTP or similar setup for remote access At least 3 Ethernet ports for connecting to the heaviest used computers (a switch may be used to connect to a few more lower priority systems) Ability to upgrade down the line to host at least one VM to offload some simulation (not a priority for now) Hopefully fairly inexpensive ($1000-$1500) And here are my thoughts on setup so far: ATX or Micro ATX form factor to use standard PC parts Ryzen 3200G (good price-performance and upgradability) 16 GB RAM 2 2-port 10Gbit/s network adapters FreeNAS OS (free and easy to use from what I gather) Having never worked with it, I'm not sure exactly the capabilities and requirements of FreeNAS. For instance, is there an easy way to automate offloading old files from SSDs to mechanical storage and would it allow us to set up VMs in the future? I'm probably completely overlooking several things as well. Thanks in advance for any advice and criticism