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I would like to thank everyone involved in this thread. It has been extremely useful in my research. I've been a lurker, and occasional poster, in many of the NAS threads but my needs simply couldn't be met with what I saw there. It's an understatement to say I was excited when I found the 48TB build log, and then this thread! I am currently still in the research phase, and am hoping many of the fine posters here will help me out in designing a system to fulfill my needs.
So first thing's first, I must find myself the proper OS. Having given some serious thought to my needs, I've decided at least at this point HW RAID is just not in the cards right now for several reasons. My top two picks are Windows Home Sever and unRAID (and to a lessar extent, SW RAID either via Linux or WinServer of some variety). I'm hoping you all can help me make an informed decision on what would match my needs the most.
First off, I really love the idea of unRAID having parity. While obviously it's not a perfect defense, I really don't love the idea of having to replace a disc worth of data; and this obviously makes it a bit less likely. That said, I really like some of the extras that come with WHS. Easy scheduling of backups for networked PC's, remote access, etc all things that I would be inclined to use. Here's the problem though, part of the reason I have chosen to go with a dedicated server versus a NAS solution is that I would like to use my PS3 as one of my extenders. While it has some decent codec support, it certainly is lacking in many areas. One way around that is by using a DNLA server that offers transcoding (I current use TVersity, as well as PlayOn). To support it, not only must it run on the OS, but I need something with a level of computer power that I just can't find in the NAS market.
I guess my first question to everyone is whether they think it's really even worth it to consider a PS3 as a viable extender? I do plan on building an HTPC in the future (and am likely getting a Popcorn Hour before then), but for the short term I was hoping to employ the PS3. Part of my problem is that I'm not entirely familiar with what the many alternatives really offer, so it's a bit difficult for me to make an informed choice. It boils down to do you people think it's worth having a server than can run stuff like TVersity and PlayOn (and SlimServer for audio) or should I just give up on that, and go with alternative extenders?
Related to this, can anyone actually confirm said software will run under WHS? They all are Windows-based, but I haven't received confirmation they work on WHS/Server2003.
I guess if the answer to either of the above questions is no, then maybe unRAID will fit my needs better but if not, then I will likely go with WHS, even though the lack of parity is a bit distressing.
Thanks in advance. I expect to have many questions while walking my path to building a server. Hopefully along the way, I'll also be able to contribute.