SFF Unraid - Separating XBMC from server

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patseguin Offline
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I hate unRAID. Why not try FlexRAID, FreeNAS, or even WHS 2011 with stablebit drivepool?
(2012-03-23 15:06)spencers Wrote:  
(2012-03-22 22:27)eskro Wrote:  well did u Prime95 your defective CPU??
Yes, seemed fine. Didn't run it all night, though.

Pictures update!
I've also updated the original post with new figures, expenses, and HDD outlines.

My SSD cache drive is temporarily up in the top bay. I have one extra port on my RAID card to add one more HDD. I will probably do some shuffling around and add my Seagate 3TB drive as parity since I haven't set one yet.
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Backside
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In other news, I've set up a couple of shares and transferred 1.2 TB to one of those shares using Midnight Commander. Went pretty fast without the parity drive set (6-ish hours)! I've also installed SAB/SB/CP as well as Plex Media Server. Can't wait to fully test these out!

Thanks for all your continued help. It's been a hardware roller coaster!

Boy I envy your cable management. I can never seem to make it that neat!

Server: Synology Diskstation 1511+ with 8x 3TB drives and DSM 5.0
Main HTPC: Home built Intel core i3, 8GB RAM, Corsair 128GB SSD, nVidia 630GTX, Rii micro keyboard remote, Pioneer VSX-53, Panasonic VT30 65" 3D TV, OpenElec 4.1.2
Bedroom HTPC: Zotac-ID 41 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Rii micro keyboard remote, Samsung HW-E550, Sony Google TV, OpenElec 4.1.2
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(2012-03-23 16:15)patseguin Wrote:  I hate unRAID. Why not try FlexRAID, FreeNAS, or even WHS 2011 with stablebit drivepool?

Probably because he's already purchased an unRAID license. Also how would have FlexRAID, FreeNAS or WHS worked any better on a bad CPU? Many people have had positive experiences with unRAID, myself included.
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(2012-03-23 16:15)patseguin Wrote:  I hate unRAID.

Thanks for your wonderful insight! Wink
But honestly, I went with unraid because I wanted a cheap build. I also jumped the gun on the unraid license purchase. After that hardware crapshow, I really envy the new Synology DS412+ (just not the price)! Either way, I do think unRAID will work great for me.

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Quote:patseguin
I hate unRAID.

Don't know why you choose to spread your uneducated thoughts on this but I will gladly point out the "uneducated" part whenever needed

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eskro Offline
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i love unRAID!!!
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spencers Offline
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Couple more shots of the overall case. iPad is pictured to give some size perspective.

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Awesome Little Box.....should serve you quite well!

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(2012-03-23 19:44)bigdog66 Wrote:  
Quote:patseguin
I hate unRAID.

Don't know why you choose to spread your uneducated thoughts on this but I will gladly point out the "uneducated" part whenever needed

Since when is an OPINION an uneducated thought? I can't say I hate something? Is free speech not a right on these boards?

I simply found FlexRAID to be a far superior product and have heard so much good about FreeNAS and I personally had great experience with WHS and Stablebit Drivepool. I just felt safer going the hardware NAS route.
(2012-03-23 16:59)Sureguy Wrote:  
(2012-03-23 16:15)patseguin Wrote:  I hate unRAID. Why not try FlexRAID, FreeNAS, or even WHS 2011 with stablebit drivepool?

Probably because he's already purchased an unRAID license. Also how would have FlexRAID, FreeNAS or WHS worked any better on a bad CPU? Many people have had positive experiences with unRAID, myself included.

I didn't read the whole thread, my bad.

Server: Synology Diskstation 1511+ with 8x 3TB drives and DSM 5.0
Main HTPC: Home built Intel core i3, 8GB RAM, Corsair 128GB SSD, nVidia 630GTX, Rii micro keyboard remote, Pioneer VSX-53, Panasonic VT30 65" 3D TV, OpenElec 4.1.2
Bedroom HTPC: Zotac-ID 41 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Rii micro keyboard remote, Samsung HW-E550, Sony Google TV, OpenElec 4.1.2
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patseguin....I will pm you

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mint spencers!!
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So, after a weekend of setting this sucker up, I'm pretty happy with this setup!

I set up two shares and transferred all my data to my array. Right now I'm working without a parity drive set so transferring data to the array would go quicker. I'll set a parity drive this week after it pre-clears. I still have my data saved on a couple external 2TB drives if anything goes awry. Wink

I've removed SAB/SB/CP from my XBMCLive box (Acer Revo 1600) and installed it on unRAID. IT'S MUCH MORE STABLE!!! Not to mention, the XBMC box can finally breathe easy! I'll consider moving XBMCLive to something smaller/lower power consumption in the future (if such a thing exists).

I've disconnected the external drives from the XBMC box and set up the shares to point to unRAID. IT'S SO MUCH FASTER!!! The movie posters now load instantaneously! I've always had an SSD installed in my Acer Revo, but I guess external USB drives are much slower than gigabit ethernet.

I've removed Plex Media Server from my Macbook Air, and set it up on unRAID. That'll free up resources on my main machine. Smile

iStat is pretty convenient for on-the-fly information.

I've enabled AirPlay on my XBMC live box (running Eden), so I can finally ditch the AppleTV2. I never really used the mirroring feature on it with my iPad/iPhone. When I did, it was unbelievably slow/laggy, especially when playing RealRacing. And I have an Airport Extreme Base Station to boot!

I have an APC UPS 550 ES so I'll be setting that up today.

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Got the APC UPS ES 550 up and running. Did a test by unplugging the power to it and letting the server run on battery. Did a safe power down after 300 sec. Works great!

Code:
APC      : 001,036,0911
DATE     : Wed Mar 28 10:16:41 CDT 2012
HOSTNAME : Tower
RELEASE  : 3.14.3
VERSION  : 3.14.3 (20 January 2008) slackware
UPSNAME  : Tower
CABLE    : Custom Cable Smart
MODEL    : Back-UPS ES 550
UPSMODE  : Stand Alone
STARTTIME: Mon Mar 26 09:49:34 CDT 2012
STATUS   : ONLINE
LINEV    : 120.0 Volts
LOADPCT  :   4.0 Percent Load Capacity
BCHARGE  : 100.0 Percent
TIMELEFT :  39.5 Minutes
MBATTCHG : 10 Percent
MINTIMEL : 5 Minutes
MAXTIME  : 300 Seconds
SENSE    : High
LOTRANS  : 088.0 Volts
HITRANS  : 139.0 Volts
ALARMDEL : Always
BATTV    : 13.4 Volts
LASTXFER : No transfers since turnon
NUMXFERS : 0
TONBATT  : 0 seconds
CUMONBATT: 0 seconds
XOFFBATT : N/A
STATFLAG : 0x07000008 Status Flag
MANDATE  : 2007-01-12
SERIALNO : 3B0702X62502  
BATTDATE : 2000-00-00
NOMINV   : 120 Volts
NOMBATTV :  12.0 Volts
FIRMWARE : 840.B2.D USB FW:B2
APCMODEL : Back-UPS ES 550
END APC  : Wed Mar 28 10:17:21 CDT 2012

I also set up a ~320gb user share for Time Machine backups. Freakin' awesome!

Currently doing my MacBook Air

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How's everything running? I'm thinking of building something similar. Would you recommend all the same parts?

Thanks
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I'm curious to know too, it's a nice box he built and set up. I'm a strong proponent of hardware NAS with it's own OS, but that's just my opinion.

Server: Synology Diskstation 1511+ with 8x 3TB drives and DSM 5.0
Main HTPC: Home built Intel core i3, 8GB RAM, Corsair 128GB SSD, nVidia 630GTX, Rii micro keyboard remote, Pioneer VSX-53, Panasonic VT30 65" 3D TV, OpenElec 4.1.2
Bedroom HTPC: Zotac-ID 41 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Rii micro keyboard remote, Samsung HW-E550, Sony Google TV, OpenElec 4.1.2
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(2012-04-25 00:07)mattchapman Wrote:  How's everything running? I'm thinking of building something similar. Would you recommend all the same parts?

Thanks

Running great! After playing with the config, setting up startup scripts, setting up the APC battery backups, and testing all of the above, I'm up to 24 days of uptime.

It's a really silent machine. Thoroughly happy with it. Very stable. No problems to speak of.

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