Originally Posted by TornadoTJ
Have you found that WHS needs 8 GB? Even with all the other junk I have running (BlueIris, MB3, Plex, StableBit, Subsonic Streamer, and some other apps) I only sit right at 4GB of RAM in use. The machine has 8GB installed, but it doesn't seem to ever need it.
I set it for 8 when I was running MBServer, PHP (for a couple of web apps I used personally), uTorrent, and a few other things. I moved MBServer and removed PHP, but now I'm running Quickbooks and Quicken on there, with two users using Quickbooks on occasion. I haven't actually monitored it to see what is being used, but since the rest of the VMs didn't need it, I figured I'd give it to it. The last thing I need is my business partner calling me up in the middle of the night because he gets some memory related error when he's trying to use Quickbooks!
Originally Posted by AVTechMan
ESXi is awesome!
I recently set my machine up and here's what I have running so far:
pfSense running as my new router in a VM setting, and got all the IP and DNS stuff working nicely with my network.
That's hopefully a project in the near future for me!
Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer
Hopefully you at least noted I said IMO in my post, so here are the reasons why those are either replaced by something I found to be better or not missed
I did! Thanks for posting your reasons, I'm always interested in seeing what other people think.
1) I disagree. My home setup is exactly what I want. All of my wife's documents and pictures from her w7 laptop are server shares. I removed the local folders from her w7 libraries. The laptop is almost a decade old and I definitely don't want bare metal backups of it taking up HDD space on my server. She's not concerned with the setup at this point, only the files. If it dies we will replace it with something else anyway, it's had a good run. The other windows computer is my gaming htpc. I keep all of my special tweaked files and xbmc add ons in a server holder along with the serials and installer files of my programs. Then all my games are either steam or origin except for the retro packs which I have on the server already categorized by console
My setup is a bit different, so I found value in the backupo in these scenarios:
1) I replaced the hard drive on my 5 year old laptop with an SSD. I found it better to use the WHS backup than the include software
2) While I also store all the 'client files' on the server anyway (and backup there), I had an issue on my Surface Pro where a game I was playing stopped working after a patch (Baldur's Gate EE). There was no way to uninstall the patch or to reinstall without the patch. I was pretty ticked, but then I was able to just restore the game files from one of my nightly backups before the update (and then backed them up to the server manually for future installs!)
3) Twice my HTPC hard drive has required a full rebuild. The first time was a drive crash (lovely 4 months after buying), second was when Cinavia hit and destroyed my sound drivers. Sure I could have just rebuilt the HTPC (and I've gotten to a point I can do it in just a few hours), but since a lot of our recordings are copy protected, we'd lose the ability to play all of them. By using the WHS backup, we were back up and running in about half an hour as if nothing had happened (contributes to the WAF!)
2) really disagree on using rdp. I think teamviewer is much better and simpler to setup. No port forwards, and accessible from windows, mac, Linux, android, iOS, etc
I haven't tried that before, but I'll check it out, thanks!
3) I don't understand this at all, because for the brief time I used whs the dashboard and dashboard connector were the bane of my existence. I think this stems from my outside access being limited to either plex, mb3, teamviewer (full control), etc. I use a ddns provided by Asus on my router for the mediabrowser dashboard
I've used it mainly for adding new folders (which admittedly since use FlexRAID, I still have to go into the dashboard of that), user permissions (not huge but since we use one of the folders for my business, I want to limit my partner from what he has access to) and with the RemoteLaucher, a few other apps (uTorrent, starting/stopping FlexRAID array, etc.). Also since I use RemoteApps, that's pretty huge (I looked for an alternative, but couldn't find one)