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  1. I plan to use Chelsio T520CR cards between two computers. I have the cards already but one computer has parts on the way still. I jumped ahead and tried installing one of the cards in my Windows 10 pc and ran into issues right away. I bought them used from Ebay, so maybe they're shot or maybe it requires being connected to another computer. There aren't any SFP+ cables connected yet, since those are also still being shipped. Mobo is a Gigabyte X299 Designaire EX Rev 1. I first stalled the card in the bottom PCI slot, it lit up and computer powered on
  2. My only issue with this is if I make a mess of my system and need to do a clean install to reset configurations, those bad configurations would be carried over. And if I get updated .exes, I could replace them on the server so the automated process reads the updated .exe. I can work with your suggestion, though. Can make a sysprep with a clean install + program installations. But I'd like the workflow to be using MediaCreationTool to get the updated W10, format drives and install W10, batch install work software, and then continue working on a like-new system. It's a small differen
  3. I looked into Task Scheduler and some apps for recording mouse+keyboard actions and repeating them, but I thought I'd ask for some recommendations to speed up the research process. After yet another clean install of Windows, I need to install 50+ work-specific programs. Not stuff like Chrome, Office, etc., so some of the automated install programs out there won't work here. Each .exe I run has certain settings I need to tweak while going through the installer. Then afterwards, I move some of the files to different folders, and delete files I don't need. So, I'm looking for an autom
  4. ping ms 12 download 63.58 upload 10.80 Any files I download online at ~60Mbps would be hosted on physical servers somewhere, right? So the internet connection on the server's end should be matching that in upload speed. Is getting an upload speed as fast as a download speed as simple as upgrading my internet to the fastest package an ISP provides?
  5. You mentioned on my other thread that TrueNAS wasn't the best for storage performance, and to look into a linux OS. Do you think TrueNAS could bottleneck download speeds when customers are downloading files through nextcloud is setup? Would my internet's upload time also be a bottleneck?
  6. Once I have a file server built and operating on TrueNAS, is it possible to essentially create something like DropBox? I don't mean accessing my file server from an IP sensitive URL for private use at home, but creating links to files on the server that can be shared with customers instead of using services like DropBox, Google Drive, etc. It would be great to also create a shared folder that customers can upload work files to, so we have everything organized in once space. I'd prefer it not have more steps to accessing the file or folder than simply using Dropbox, like complicated
  7. But is there an OS that is better for storage performance, generally speaking? Linux? I'm not stuck on FreeNAS since the system isn't built. And the 40gbe NICs are more available than 10gbe, and prices aren't that different so going 40gbe isn't much more. And it futureproofs my setup when I'm ready to upgrade. I also haven't bought hardrives yet, so I could still go with Sata SSDs to occupy more than 10gbe worth of throughput if I can learn the hardware/os requirements to do that. The only reason I settled on HDDs was cause I wasn't finding enough information on how to
  8. I'm looking into the Chelsio: T580-SO-CR T580-LP-CR, or T580-CR I'd prefer the mellanox ones, too. But an article that will no longer load suggested the Chelsio stuff is best supported in FreeNAS, Intel second, and Mellanox is hit or miss. But maybe it boils down to the right hardware and configuration within the OS and protocols. The card itself is 40gbe, but since I'm using HDDs, I'm only expecting 10gbe from them. If I wanted to experiment with throughput later since it'll be there (maybe a second vdev of sata ssds), what's the first component that nee
  9. Both clients run W10 Pro. A bit confused by your last statement about no support for SMB Direct, you mentioned not supported on home or pro, but supported on server or pro. Are there 2 pro versions, one consumer one server? Either way, I was able to find SMB Direct in my W10 in the Turn Features On/Off area, so I guess it's supported? Other than that I'm ready to finally move forward on this. My last question is with the Chelsio NICS. There are 3 variants: -CR -SO-CR -LP-CR The LP-CRs have better prices, so I'll probably grab those. Do you know if any are more/l
  10. Okay, I've humbled my approach and will stick to HDDs. Maybe in the future I'll look into a more awesome nvme based rack server from ebay after changing workspaces, if I feel I even need that after some experience with 1gBps. I tried cutting the expenses on the spec list a little more and started wondering if there are 10gbe requirements within the cpu and other components, and ended up learning about RDMA, SMB, LLDP and some other protocols. Can you let me know if this sounds rational, @Electronics Wizardy? NICS/CPU/RAM: It looks like the Intel X550-T2 doesn't sup
  11. I use my C drive for active projects (3 x 1tb raid 0 nvme), then move it over to a HDD for storage which is the first bottleneck since I'm not already using an ssd there. And I'm constantly sharing files between 2 computers since I use both simultaneously for work and they do different tasks. Right, I was writing 'ssd' but meant 2.5 ssd sata (870 evo for eg.). There's still the noise factor with server cases, even if it's easier to work with and cheaper than an XL tower. I see the benefits of buying a server with 24 bay U.2 readiness, but I don't have a dedicated machine room fo
  12. None over the network. It's strictly for file transfers/storage for my business. The OS on my PCs are Windows 10 Pro, and the server will have TrueNas - unless I learn of a reason to use something else. My understanding of protocols is nonexistent, so I don't know how to provide more information on that specific question at the moment. I don't have anything in place of the server right now, so I'd be building everything from the ground up. Wouldn't that require 1 for every drive? And a motherboard to house adequate PCI slots? It looks like the costs grow exponentially with nvme
  13. I'm not sure what the network/protocols details are. I was thinking I could just install faster dual-port NICs in my two current PCs, connect those to each other for direct file transferring between them, then connect the open ports to the NAS so each pc has access. Basically one connection away from needing a switch. I'm not sure what further settings or tweaking I'll be up against. My thinking was 10 x 1TB SSDs would get a theoretical speed of ~5.5+ GB/s, so the 50Gb nics would become a bottleneck. I know to expect half the combined speed in actual application. I'd like to avoid HDDs because