Well there more i read the less its helping me, today im more confused on what to do from day 1. I only use my server to store my blu ray iso and rips legally owned, and i did use some transcoding for mobile phones and tablets, but its not as popular as i though it would be, so the transcoding is not a big deal atm, i could live without if its needed.
I been running WHSv1 for about 5 years and been really happy with it, started with a small prebuilt server that in less than year ran out of space, and decided to build my own server but was sure to go with WHSv1 as it has been very good to me, the following is what i own atm,
MOBO: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C204 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard
MEMORY: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333 Server Memory Model KVR1333D3E9SK2/4G
CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 Sandy Bridge 3.2GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 80W Quad-Core Server Processor
CPU Cooler: Thermalright AXP-140 RT Low Profile HTPC Heatsink
CPU Fan: Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPro PK-1 140mm x 25mm Ultra Quiet Fan - 700 RPM - 9 dBA
Case fans: 7x Noiseblocker NB-Multiframe M12-S1 120mmx25mm Ultra Silent Fan - 750 RPM - below 6 dBA
OS drive: Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH120G2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HDD: 8x HITACHI Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 (0F12117) 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
HDD: 6x SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD154UI 1.5TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
HBA: 2x Intel RAID Controller Card SATA/SAS PCI-E x8 8internal ports (SASUC8I)
Sata cables: 4x 3ware CBL-SFF8087OCF-05M 1 Unit of .5M Multi-lane Internal (SFF-8087) Serial ATA Breakout Cable
Sata power: 4x Silverstone Four-in-one SATA Power Connectors with Power Stabilizing Capacitors Model CP06
PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
CASE: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
HDD Cages: 4x COOLER MASTER STB-3T4-E3-GP 4-in-3 Device Module Hardisk Cage
OS: Windows Home Server v1
Now i have reach the point where the 22tb of storage is not enough, and i have two limitations, my SASUC8i and WHSv1 dont support higher than 2tb, so i have to change both, i been reading lots and lots of forums for almost server os/software, and still not sure what would be the best for me. When i built my server i was kinda thinking on going into ZFS down the road for the silent data corruption, but im older now, with less desire to learn something that complicated. The only thing that im sure is that im going to buy 8x Seagate 4TB ST4000DM000
and 2x IBM m1015 flashed to 9211-8i IT firmware, seems all OS work well with them and not as expensive.
My first though was just go with WHS2011, then it doesn't have a drive pool like WHSv1, but there are 3rd parties that do this as addons.... like stablebit drivepool, So i though.... yea thats my route, same functionality than my WHSv1 just with 4tb support.
But then i watch assassins blog on servers and paid the $25 to see more on the server, btw well worth the money spend, his guides are terrific, so good that he made want to go with FlexRAID, on paper seems great, there is a parity drive(s) that can restore the array in case of a drive failure, the array is not stripped in all disks so if you lose more than the parity you only lose what was on the disks. I understood very well what assassin posted on the WHS2011 and the flexraid install, i dont think i need much more. Buit it worries me a little in terms of development and i seen some people that have had issues.
Then i come back to unRiad, i though i wouldn't go this route, as it has limitations on disks and limited hardware compatibility, so kinda has to be built into what the community has tested, but incredible forums so much information there, very helpful community also... that for a pure media sever has a well proven history. Seems similar to flexriad in some aspects like the none striped disks, but with better record, i have seen monster unraid servers with 80TB+ that havent had much issues for years, so it seems like a good option also.
Finally, i bought a Synology D111 a couple of years ago, about a little before when i decided to build my own serve, to test the synology software, and to my surprise it was really nice, easy to setup and very easy to run, but at the time i though it was too expensive and the best was 8 hdd solution with that was like $1k and you could add an expansion for another 8 disk... but my server was capable of 16 also so i though wasn't worth it. Now there is the DS2413+ that has 12 disk, with an 12 Synology DX1211, but its very expensive, above $3k for both, and having all the hardware owned atm, seems like the most expensive solution for me, but i really liked the synology software. But still have it as an option mostly i get more confused the more i research.
Either way, im positing here since most of you use the servers very similar to what i do and will in the future, so maybe you can post what do you recommend for a pure storage media server that multiple computers will have access to reproduce the blu ray isos / rips, specially
WHS2011 + FlexRaid / SnapRaid
WHS2011 + Stablebit
Thanks for your time,