I am fortunate to have a 40TB Solaris/ZFS server for home storage (and other things), plus a switched 1000BaseT network throughout the house.
I'm finally ready to dump my Comcast DVRs (almost $40/m just for 2 DVRs!)...my plan is to build a new HTPC with the Ceton InfiniTV4 tuners...connect that do my main TV...then have two XBox 360 4GB as media extenders to drive two other TVs in bedrooms. Are these Core I3 builds spiffy enough to handle recording multiple streams and/or playback to 2/3 TVs simultaneously?
I suppose in the worse case scenario, I could be recording 4 streams *and* doing playback of pre-recorded streams to 3 TVs...thus 7 streams in total.
Since I already have a massively scalable, massively redundant storage server, I would like to iSCSI boot Windows 7 from the ZFS server (this I think will be pretty easy to do). But then I want to present a ZFS file system to Windows 7 either via NFS or CIFS. I like the idea of running diskless to keep costs, heat and power down.
I'm sure I can mount via CIFS pretty easily, however, I thought I read somewhere that WMC won't let you save recordings to a network share?
I googled for hours and can't find that discussion any more. Not sure if NFS might be a better solution...however, you apparently need Win 7 Ultimate ($$$) for NFS client support.
Anyone doing this?