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  1. Alright, thanks so much for the suggestions everyone. I have one final question then: I do need to have a priority on the gigabit internet connection being stable and high performance. What router solutions should I be looking for that can handle this? Actual, real, gigabit duplex. Needs to be able to handle PPPOE. Obviously you can spend the $800,000 on the Cisco solutions, is there anything out there that is more achievable on the prosumer or light commercial side of the spectrum? I think that using an actual dedicated SFP+ switch to handle 10 gig internal LAN would be the best, and leaving the dedicated router to do dedicated router things inbetween the fileserver and the workstation. I will be using the Ryzen CPU & legacy hardware I have solely for the fileserver\VMhost at this point I believe.
  2. Alright you gave a ton of insight, thank you. I just have a couple followups that I edited down: 1) This sounds like a pretty big no. I've seen... too many people recommending that you shouldn't visualize these things now. Especially when we're talking about hardware passthrough, network bridging... That does sound really messy. 2) So you can't add more drives to an existing vdev (or at least RaidZ-1 or Raid Z-2). Once you set that up, it's locked in. And the only way to expand the pool is to create an entirely new vdev. Got it. This sounds like I am leaning toward UnRAID at this point because it's easier to migrate and add additional storage in a... cleaner way. I just have one final question at this point: Dedicated box for the router. Where should I go here. Most people on most normal connections can get away with a cheap-o Atom or Pentium legacy processor in a 10 year old Optiplex. However, I am going to need something quite high performance - as I explained above - but I've been having a really difficult time tracking down the best way to do this without just throwing expensive hardware at the problem. My initial conclusion isn't far from my original plan: Dedicated box running pfsense with RJ45 add-in card with 4 1GB ports Does it make sense to run a router basically with PCI-e add-in cards? And how well would this setup scale if I were to add 10GB add-in cards in the future so that I can have a workstation <--> fileserver link be at the full 10gb speed. The pre-configured hardware from them has some fairly low routing bandwidth once you start getting into 10gb links and you need a pretty beefy quad core chip to properly saturate a 10gb link. Also thanks for your input. 4) As seen above, I think I am leaning more toward UnRAID at this point. 5) I can understand using one if you need a HBA because you've run out of motherboard slots, but why would you need a hardware RAID card on a software UnRAID system? 6) I am using media files, so it will be max sequential reads. A single platter can saturate a 1 gig link most of the time unless it's reading data on the inside of the disc. 5-6 disc benchmarks I've seen usually land somewhere in the 250-500 MB\s range for sequential read\write speeds. Especially since I have local NVME storage on the other end of this fileserver. But I think I will be going the dual-system approach. Existing Ryzen 1700 hardware for the fileserver, new hardware for the pfsense router. I think you guys walked me back from the edge of trying to combine them onto one system.
  3. Starting to run into bottlenecks\headaches on my "one computer to rule them all". I recently upgraded to 3rd gen ryzen, so I have some spare hardware sitting around to address these problems. My current solution + it's problems: Gigabit fiber + Cable backup operating in failover Edgerouter Lite Ryzen 3900x & 64GB memory 2x4TB and 2x8TB discs manually mirrored once a week. 2x1TB nvme SSD for boot & scratch disc Problem #1: The Edgerouter can't handle the loads I'm putting on it. It can do gigabit to a single host (Speedtest.net), but in the real world it falls apart. This screenshot is ~400mbps overall network load, yet my connection can handle symmetrical gigabit in both directions co-currently. Yes, I am running with hardware offloading enabled. That's why I bought this router, but it's still not enough. Problem #2: Local internet is only gigabit, and if I'm building a NAS, I'm going to need a 10 gig link to handle the media files I work with. Problem #3: My current backup solution is manually mirroring the data, and it sucks. And it leaves gaps. And it's space in-efficient. Problem #4: My current storage is filling up. I'm sitting at about 80% capacity on my spinning discs. Problem #5: I now have a Ryzen 1700, motherboard, SSD and power supply just sitting around. Oddball parts to sell, especially in this economy. Would be worth far more to me to put them to work rather than selling for 20 cents on the dollar. ____________________________________________ My proposed solution: I would build a new machine out of these parts. Run a hypervisor on a base OS to support FreeNAS and pfsense in their own VM's with hardware passthrough so FreeNAS can get the hardware access it needs to the discs. Get some add-in PCI-e network cards so the box can have the necessary ethernet ports, including 10 gig to my main machine. I don't want to mix\match the 1gb lines with the onboard NIC so I will be getting a 4-port NIC. Questions that I haven't been able to answer in my research for this setup: 1) For security reasons, I've seen that you want your fileserver as far away as possible from the internet. But this fileserver will only be hosting media, nothing sensitive. And since they are on separate VM's, they will be "seperated". People say not to run pfsense ontop of Freenas, but what about running them both side-by-side ontop of Ubuntu or some other distro? Will network & firewall configuration play nicely? 2) Is it going to be a problem running pfsense and freeNAS within their own VM's? The hardware is powerful enough to do it, but I'm worried about stability & disaster recovery. 3) How will disc partitioning work for running these layered systems? I have the 250GB SSD, will it be possible to partition part of that to the operating systems, and then leave the rest for a SSD cache to the fileserver? 3x 16GB partitions with the rest dedicated to the FreeNAS cache. 4) What "root" operating system should I use to host all of this, and what hypervisors would be recommended to host these two instances. 5) I'm looking to run RaidZ-2 for double redundancy. Using 4 new 8TB discs to start the array, migrating my data onto it, then expanding the array using my existing two 8TB discs. 6) If my whole network is 1gb, is pfsense able to identify the 10 gig link to my workstation and allocate that accordingly so that I can have higher speeds to the fileserver? Or... Do you guys think this a stupid idea and I should just build a dedicated box for both. Thanks for the input everyone.
  4. Moved to a different forum, idk how to delete threads.