Advice on choosing type of server software

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  1. digixpc

    digixpc MDL Junior Member

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    Hi
    I'm planning to build a storage server, but need advice on what OS to use
    My plan is to use 8 4-TB drives with a SAS card. This is a build that I'm going to use at home mainly for storage of media and 3D stuff that i work on.
    The thing I hope for is that it can be remotely managed from my computer and laptop.
    I was looking at different OS's but got confused. Is Windows Home server the right way to go? Or is it better with let's say FreeNAS or something like that? I see there is a Windows storage server 2012 also.
     
  2. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    cost wise freenas is better u dont need to invest in all that hardware.
     
  3. digixpc

    digixpc MDL Junior Member

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    I do have most of the hardware already, just need some hdd's and a new power supply, besides that cost is not an issue :D
     
  4. SOCRATE_MMXII

    SOCRATE_MMXII MDL Expert

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  5. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Nothing beats Server 2012 R2 on functionality for this purpose! No Linux distro, no WHS XXXX
    Of course one has to know a bit about networking etc to have pleasant experience, but knowledge only cost he time one wants to spend on it
     
  6. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    try 2016 is real nice....im testing it now and getting familiar with all the features......running on a old dell optiplex780 intel dual core 8 gigs of ram... runs real good....mite as well run the latest and greatest;)
     
  7. digixpc

    digixpc MDL Junior Member

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    I'm trying 2012 R2 right now. So going to check out 2016 later today :D
     
  8. digixpc

    digixpc MDL Junior Member

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    I'm not that into networking, but like to learn new things. Trying out 2012R2 as we speak :D
     
  9. SOCRATE_MMXII

    SOCRATE_MMXII MDL Expert

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    Weird thing to recommend a beta product...
     
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  10. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    yes is TP but sense hes running in a home environment is stable enough for him to test it.....i would never recommend it in a real commercial environment.
     
  11. SOCRATE_MMXII

    SOCRATE_MMXII MDL Expert

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    Expert advice...:doh:
     
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  12. digixpc

    digixpc MDL Junior Member

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    I'm going to test it anyways to see how it works ;)
     
  13. cengizhan

    cengizhan MDL Senior Member

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    if you want to make NAS Server i would recommend hardware raid. there are really cheap cards in ebay.
     
  14. T-S

    T-S MDL Guru

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    Better to write when you know what are you saying.

    WHS 2011 is still a great product and doesn't come with DE at all.

    There is DrivePool for drive pooling, which is a great sw which is the suggested choice even on srv 2012/2016
     
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  15. T-S

    T-S MDL Guru

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    Yes WHS 2011 (and the almost identical Windows storage server 2008r2 essentials) + DrivePool is probably still the best choice, given there isn't an exact replacement from M$

    The choice become even better now that I published the packages to run WMC and Hyper-V on it/them (see the holy grail threads on this room).

    WSS 2012 r2 comes in two flavors (workgroup and standard) and are very light and basic servers, very different from WHS 2011 and his twin mentioned above)

    But recently i found a third, almost unknown, version (Windows Storage Server 2012 r2 essentials) that one is the closest WHS replacement.

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...r-Repository?p=1189547&viewfull=1#post1189547
     
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  16. digixpc

    digixpc MDL Junior Member

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    #19 digixpc, Dec 28, 2015
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    This was interesting for me, so I'm going to try it out.
    If i make my own install ISO of this one and copy osimage.wim to a 2012 R2 standard ISO, do I have to rename osimage.wim to install.wim or do i just delete install.wim?
     
  17. catgirl

    catgirl MDL Novice

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    Agreed, with prejudice..
     
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