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Can't really say personally as I've never used a Win server version,

but I think @Whaler_99 should be able to help you out with that.

 

 

Couple of questions first. What do you do with your "home server"? What version is it running now? Is it really Windows Home Server 2008 and you are using drive extender?

 

Then MAIN difference is that desktop version is geared for that, desktop/application use, customization, flexibility, etc. Windows Server is more designed around "serving", so better background performance for apps, better file sharing support, but not all the support for expandability and devices that the desktop version might support. Windows 8.x and Server 2012 R2 share a lot of the same common components as well, so are very similar in the back end, but what services and extras each has is tailored to the "server" class or "desktop" class.

 

Windows Server 2012 and R2 edition have support for Storage Spaces, but this is very different from the old Windows Home Server drive extender. Before using it, there are some very pitfalls and issues people need to be aware of.

Thanks for the info.

Well, my home server is currently running FlexRAID Transparent RAID on top of Windows 8. It acts as backup for multiple Windows Computer(Just using Windows Backup), serves Music to multiple computers(through iTunes, as well as MinimServer), also serves Video(through default network sharing, as well as BubbleUPnP, and Emit for Android, and Airplayit for iOS). I doubt I'd move to Storage Spaces anytime soon, and when I do decide to upgrade, it would likely be to hardware RAID, or a more storage focused OS.

 

I have also been using it as a web server for a while, with Apache, MySQL and PHP, but I'm trying to move this to another computer to reduce the load/generally better security.

 

The main thing I see in Windows Server 2012 that may interest me is some of the remote access. I currently use Teamviewer and FTP for remote access to the server, but am open to considering other more stable solutions, like setting up a VPN. I'm assuming that Windows Server 2012 is a lot better for setting up a VPN.

 

I think the most I'd ever do with this server is have it to backups and storage for my family at home, and then remote storage/access for friends/family while outside. Not really sure that's enough to make a server OS viable

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Thanks for the info.

Well, my home server is currently running FlexRAID Transparent RAID on top of Windows 8. It acts as backup for multiple Windows Computer(Just using Windows Backup), serves Music to multiple computers(through iTunes, as well as MinimServer), also serves Video(through default network sharing, as well as BubbleUPnP, and Emit for Android, and Airplayit for iOS). I doubt I'd move to Storage Spaces anytime soon, and when I do decide to upgrade, it would likely be to hardware RAID, or a more storage focused OS.

 

I have also been using it as a web server for a while, with Apache, MySQL and PHP, but I'm trying to move this to another computer to reduce the load/generally better security.

 

The main thing I see in Windows Server 2012 that may interest me is some of the remote access. I currently use Teamviewer and FTP for remote access to the server, but am open to considering other more stable solutions, like setting up a VPN. I'm assuming that Windows Server 2012 is a lot better for setting up a VPN.

 

I think the most I'd ever do with this server is have it to backups and storage for my family at home, and then remote storage/access for friends/family while outside. Not really sure that's enough to make a server OS viable

 

Honestly for remote access to your local systems, something like teamviewer is still pretty sweet and easy. Setting up a VPN in Server 2012 is the same as 2008 and older. You need to open firewall ports, setup IP pools and such. It's not hard per say, but not easy either.

 

Since you are in the storage show off, this should give you a good idea what people are using. Hardware raid is very expensive and really only needed for enterprise and businesses. A decent raid card will start at about 250 bucks and up and then only do like raid1. For raid5, 6 and above, you need cache modules and mucho bucks. For home use, most of the storage based OS'es running software raid are more then enough. Myself I use unRaid which is very good. Great community support and lots of plugin's for things like web hosting and such. I also have a plex plugin installed to distribute all my media to my family and friends, regardless of the device they use. Very nice. :)

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Softraid is only raid!  :angry:

Hehe... :D

 

 

I could do software raid initially. It's going to start off as a back up server, so if the motherboard fails or something happens that stops me rebuilding the array it shouldn't matter. There won't be anything critical on the server. I have been looking at some second-hand enterprise raid controllers on ebay. Something like a Dell PERC would be nice. They seem pretty cheap.

Well, if your motherboard fails, both hardware and software RAID

will in most scenarios be affected the same way. The RAID array

will probably still be intact, but as long as your machine doesn't

run, you obviously can't get at it.

Aside from cost, the main advantage (to me, at least) of software

RAID is that you're not dependent on a RAID controller to get access

to your data. Any machine will be sufficient as long as you can

plug in all the drives from your array and have the right software

on it (which is usually pretty easy to install).

And yes, getting a server pull component from eBay is not a bad

idea actually, I have done that with a few components of mine (CPUs,

RAM, motherboard, and although my host bus adapters were new, they

were significantly cheaper than at my local retailers).

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Update: ZEUS has been given two 3 TB WD Greens, thus putting that system

at 10.25 TB total, and once again in the actual ranking list! :D

So, two milestones:

1.) We now have sixty ranked systems!

2.) We now have a total combined storage capacity of those systems

of more than 1600 TB!

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Update: ZEUS has been given two 3 TB WD Greens, thus putting that system

at 10.25 TB total, and once again in the actual ranking list! :D

So, two milestones:

1.) We now have sixty ranked systems!

2.) We now have a total combined storage capacity of those systems

of more than 1600 TB!

Yay! wohoo.gif

How long do you think it will take to get us to 2000 TB? Maybe you could graph that :P

 

quick, everyone go out and buy 8 8TB drives

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I need to update my posts at some point. I've done a lot of rearranging of hardware and have had a second box with 62TB of raw storage for some time now. It is mostly cold standby though.

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How long do you think it will take to get us to 2000 TB? Maybe you could graph that :P

 

quick, everyone go out and buy 8 8TB drives

A timeline for this is actually on my TODO list, and if I get

that done, projections for future milestones should be feasible,

but I'm not sure how long that will take as it will be quite

a bit of work.

Also, I will take your old smaller drives if you get 8 TB ones :P

 

I need to update my posts at some point. I've done a lot of rearranging of hardware and have had a second box with 62TB of raw storage for some time now. It is mostly cold standby though.

Nice! Looking forward to that update then :)

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I need to update my posts at some point. I've done a lot of rearranging of hardware and have had a second box with 62TB of raw storage for some time now. It is mostly cold standby though.

 

So you tell me you have 132TB (+?) for private usage at home...HOW? I mean I only have 5 drives and even those cost me way too much  :huh:

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So you tell me you have 132TB (+?) for private usage at home...HOW? I mean I only have 5 drives and even those cost me way too much  :huh:

The main box is actually down from 70TB to 64TB now. The 3TB disks were moved to the backup machine and I am now running 16 4TB HDDs. Total between the two builds would be 126TB.

The setup is expensive but didn't happen overnight. I almost always buy disks on sale and only ever buy the cheapest desktop drives. I'm also more of a server guy than a desktop guy so this is where all of my PC funds have been going for some time.

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Nice! Looking forward to that update then :)

Finally updated

http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/21948-ltt-10tb-storage-show-off-topic/page-25#entry1009417

 

It was pretty outdated. Please update the data when you get a chance :)


Hardware:

Main

See this post.

Backup

CASE: Supermicro SC846BE26-R920B

PSU: Built-in redundant 920W

MB: Supermicro X9SCM

CPU: Xeon E3-1220

RAM: 16GB ECC

RAID CARD: LSI 9211-8i flashed to IT mode. Chassis backplane has built in SAS expanders.

SSD: Intel 710 100GB (OS)

HDD: Seagate 4TB x8, Hitachi 3TB x10 (62TB raw)

Software and Configuration:

Gentoo Linux

ZFS with 2 raidz2 vdevs (about 48TB usable on each box)

Usage:

ZFS, NFS, KVM hypervisor

See for details:

link

Photos:

Main above, backup pulled out below:

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Backup:

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vm1 ~ # zpool listNAME   SIZE  ALLOC   FREE    CAP  DEDUP  HEALTH  ALTROOTz2    56.2T  41.8T  14.5T    74%  1.00x  ONLINE  -
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needed separate post for backup system for ranking purposes
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Updated. :)

I've added the backup system to your post above because I need to

have systems added on different dates in different posts for ranking

purposes. I've left your original post unchanged though, no need

to remove info, just added it to your update post.

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I have updated my post as I have just installed the 4TB Seagate which is replacing the 3TB which started throwing up tons of damaged blocks.

 

I will update the screenshots once the drive has finished being added to the volume in a few hours.....

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I have updated my post as I have just installed the 4TB Seagate which is replacing the 3TB which started throwing up tons of damaged blocks.

 

I will update the screenshots once the drive has finished being added to the volume in a few hours.....

Updated the list, thanks for the notification. :)

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Well I don't know what on earth my Synology box was doing, as I have just done a full surface test on the drive I had to pull and it has a single bad sector! not 25k as my NAS was reporting!

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Hardware
CASE: Fractal Arc Midi R2
PSU: EVGA 500W
MB: Biostar A88W 

CPU: AMD A8-5500 Quad Core
HS: Xigmatek Dark Knight
RAM: 16GB Corsair DDR3 1600
NIC: Built in gigabit + dual port Intel nic

HDD 1: 4X 2tb (1 WD, 1 Hitachi, 2 Samsung)
HDD 2: 4X 3tb (2 Seagate, 2 Hitachi)




Software and Configuration:
Running Freenas in two seperate ZFS1 raid arrays. The 2tb hard drives array is for my movies and software. The 3tb hard drives are for my tv shows. Gives me 20tb of raw storage, 11.4tb usable.

Usage:
I use majority of this for media storage using the plex plugin to host to all of my other devices throughout my home. A small portion of this is for large software iso's so I don't have to keep downloading them or loose track of what flash drive they are on. 


Additional info:
CPU and motherboard were originally from HTPC that's why they are a weird choice for freenas.

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Well I don't know what on earth my Synology box was doing, as I have just done a full surface test on the drive I had to pull and it has a single bad sector! not 25k as my NAS was reporting!

Oh, the mysteries of the IT world! :D

 

 

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Sweet machine man, welcome to the list! :)

 

Well.... Time to get rid of those 8TB drives cuz 10TB just hit the fan! 

http://www.eweek.com/storage/hgst-includes-first-10tb-hdd-in-new-product-rollout.html

Welp, and here I had just ordered 500 8 TB drives... :P

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I finally took the step up, and I'm now finally a real man xD

 

 

Hardware:

Case: Halfway home made: (http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/29613-home-made-case-server-build-blue-lightning/page-19#entry2938083)

CPU: I7 860 /w some Zalman cooler

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5

RAM: 4GB

PSU Corsair CX600

2x 3 Drive 5.25" Hotswap Cages

 

Storage:

SSD: Intel 520 240GB

HDD1: Seagate 2TB (7200RPM)

HDD2: Seagate 2TB (7200RPM)

HDD3: Seagate 2TB (7200RPM)
HDD4: WD AV-GP 3TB
HDD5: WD AV-GP 3TB
HDD6: WD AV-GP 3TB
 
That puts it at 15TB
 
Software and config:
No hardware controller, everything is done Within Server 2012 R2
 
Usage:
Storing random stuff like movies, TV shows, and backup

Photos:

 

Check this thread: http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/29613-home-made-case-server-build-blue-lightning/page-19#entry2938083

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I finally took the step up, and I'm now finally a real man xD

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Awesome, welcome to the club! throw-happy.gif

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Have an update coming very soon that should move me a bit up the rankings. Had a 3TB die on me(which means all Seagate Drives I purchased 2011 or after have died). Just bought two new 4TB Red Pros to replace it and have a small upgrade too. Moves me from 14TB total to 19TB total(which will be reconfigured to be a 17TB array with 13TB usable, as well as a 2TB drive outside of the array for downloads/misc use). Quite amazed that the 2TB Seagate Drive is still going strong after some 41000+ power on hours.

 

Anyway, will update my post when I finish all the FlexRAID reconfiguration required to change the parity drive and swap the drives around. I'm currently doing Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostics Extended Tests to check the drives before i put them in the array, and wondering if this is really necessary. What do you all do to properly test new drives before use?

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Quite amazed that the 2TB Seagate Drive is still going strong after some 41000+ power on hours.

Not bad, not bad at all.

My oldest HDD has 35,550 power on hours at the moment, and I have three

in total which are above 30,000 hours.

Looking forward to your update then. :)

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Hardware

CASE: Crappy case I got for free

PSU: Corsair CS450M

MB: ASRock C2750D4I

CPU: Intel Avaton C2750

HS: Stock passive heatsink (with a fan laying across the Ram)

RAM: Crucial 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 ECC Unbuffered

RAID CONTROLLER: onboard Intel&Marvell

OS Drive: 16GB USB Flash Drive 

HDD: 6x 4TB WD RED WD40EFRX 

 

 

Software and Configuration:

My Server is running FreeNAS. The main reason for my NAS is that I had various internal and external drives with all of my data strewn over all of them and it just frustrated me (besides not having any parity). So I decided to build myself something I can dump and organize everything on, something that has plenty of room for expansion, something with parity. I have all 6 drives in one giant ZFS Raid-Z2 array which leaves me about 16TB of usable space.

 

Usage:

I use the space mostly for Movies and TV Shows, but it obviously also houses my Audio Books, eBooks, Comics, Music, and anything else (ISO's, steam backups, personal photos, etc.) . I also have the Plex Media Server plugin installed, and am working on setting up rtorrent so it can function as my Torrent machine too.

 

Backup:

I have no backup yet. I don't have the upload to make daily updates to offsite backups, so I'm planning on making daily backups of my more manageable and important files (read everything except Movies and TV Shows) to an external HDD.

 

Additional info:

I love my ghetto build, but eventually I would like to build something to make it rack mountable. 

 

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Hehe, loving your ventilation setup, ghetto fan mounts

for the win! :D

Also, welcome to the list, awesome to have you here! :)

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Additional info:
I love my ghetto build, but eventually I would like to build something to make it rack mountable. 

 

 

Almost any computer is rack mountable, for your case all you need is a shelf : http://www.racksolutions.com/rack-shelves

Pick a  shelf that works with the rack you have. Remember almost any case works as long as it can cool the CPU/drives, till it doesn't cut it then just place it on a shelf and have fun.

I roll with sigs off so I have no idea what you're advertising.

 

This is NOT the signature you are looking for.

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