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OS and programs for multi use server

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey! Looking for recommendations on what to run on my multi use storage server.

Just built a new 7900x based audio workstation, so I'm turning my old FX9590 rig into a server.


Current setup:

Sabertooth 990fx R2.0

FX9590 @ 4.7

16 gig G Skill

Samsung 840 Pro 128gb (OS)

4x1TB RAID 10 WD Blue (2012)

1 Hitachi 3TB

R7 360


Planning on adding 1 more 3TB and 2 5TB drives



1: FTP server via Filezilla (using the current RAID 10)

2: Media Archive (mostly audio) on the 3TB drives

3: Nightly backup from my main workstation to the 5TB drives


What OS and backup utility would you all recommend? Linux is preferred. 



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Debian is my distro of choice for server use but tbh go with which ever you're most familiar with.


There's nothing you need to do that you couldn't do with Windows btw, you wouldn't even need server.

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1 hour ago, EMMST said:

I'll rephrase...Distro recommendations ;)

I'll assume distros are a personal prefrence. Some people like one other people not so much. So instead of getting a whole thread why and why not. I'd go with the one you like the most :P

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On 8/10/2018 at 8:53 AM, EMMST said:


Planning on adding 1 more 3TB and 2 5TB drives

Id just get the best bang for the buck drives you can(normally 8tb drives now) and add them as you go. Id make one large storage pool with something like zfs or btrfs and then make subvolumes for the different uses.

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