Originally Posted by Spec4
Hypothetical question here, if you had the choice between WHS 2011, Win7, Win8 and Win 8.1 for your server, which would you choose? And expanding on that what would you suggest for an HTPC? Personally I'm at the point where I need to finish my home server build and would like suggestions on the path forward. I know it's been suggested the front page stickies need updating and thought maybe a grouping of scenarios might be advantageous? Each category could be broken down by cost, performance, etc. and then linked to current builds? For example, here's my proposed scenario and could use some help deciding which software is needed.
Windows ? (OS)
FLEXRAID (pooling + redundancy)
MediaBrowser3 (server - backend)
Win7 Pro (OS) with WMC
MediaBrowser3 classic (client - frontend)
Win8.1 Pro (OS)
Would it be better to have Win7 on the server as well if I were to use WMC, since it is included with Pro?
I really like using WHS2011. Works like a champ, no extra bells and whistles to turn off (which means no extra bloat-code that you won't use anyway which makes for greater stability and performance - at least in theory), and the backup functions are nice.
I like FlexRAID, but it does have its quirks. Nothing major at all, and since I didn't have to buy a dedicated card for a hundred bucks or so, I will take the flexibility it offers and the minor quirks too. Things like when mapping a drive to a shared location on the server, if the files and folders in that drive change at the server or from another computer's connection to it, it doesn't refresh for a WHILE on all machines. Hitting F5, or clicking the refresh icon, or even closing out Windows Explorer and reopening won't help. Probably a setting, but again, minor, and it does catch up on its own. Shares to non FlexRAID drives are updated almost instantly. For a media server <--> HTPC setup, especially a server/client setup like MediaBrowser, this doesn't matter as the MB server handles the files, data, and streaming of data for you.
Speaking of MediaBrowser - I love it. I tried Plex, toyed with XBMC, and looked at J River, but many of them have the ability to "look" the same, and MediaBrowser seemed like a great long term candidate since it was getting a whole new version which means lots of excitement from the development community and lots of plugins and enhancements early on, vs. other products that seem to be on the verge of becoming "stale."
I am using Media Center Master, and paid for a lifetime license, so I will keep using it until it no longer does what I need it too. Maybe try out the built in scraping tools for MediaBrowser before trying MCM.
I think that you are on the right track.