Sadly, I woke up this morning to messages from my family that my server was unreachable. When I went to find out why, I discovered the server was not on. Alas, pushing the power button did not remedy the situtation. Nor did checking all the connections and toggling the surge protector and then trying the power button again. I am however, getting a heartbeat light on the board, so I am not entirely sure what is going on. I should have an answer on that by later this evening, since I am getting it in front of a tech first thing this morning. Still, there will obviously need to be some sort of repair. I figure there are three scenarios at this point.
Best case, the power supply or something similar needs replacing, and I'm back up and running with minimal effort or expense.
Bad case, something has happened which has caused the board to die, but has left the HBA card and processors intact and still useable.
Worst case, whatever happened, one or both of the processors will need replacing, meaning I likely wind up with a whole new sytem instead.
With the best case, obviously I won't be replacing the server, just a single part. It is with the other two cases that I am in need of some help. Mostly, I am not savvy enough to know how best to allocate resources when building out the server. I haven't yet researched what a new board will run me, but since the processors are getting a bit up there in age (dual Xeon L5520), I am assuming the board will be a little on the pricey side. If that turns out to be the case, then I may still simply be better off replacing instead of repairing. Or will I? Therein lies the rub. I don't know enough about the technical side of server performance, to know which specs I should be worried about. Sure, bigger and faster across the board is always nice, but not always necessary. And, in this case, it may not be possible to go bigger across the board.
So, since I do not know how Emby does its thing, I have a few questions.
- Am I better off with the dual L5520 (2.26 GHz and 4 cores each) or a newer, core i7 (probably quad core) that runs at a higher speed?
- If I go with a new processor, am I going to notice a difference between an i5/i7 and the Xeon E3s that look to be from the same series?
- Since the only thing I will be running on the system is Emby,will it make much difference if I continue using the 24 GB of RAM I have now, or if I wind up with only 8-16 GB (assuming I have to rebuild and need to save money)?
- Since the metadata is in the media folders, will making the OS drive an SSD really do much to improve server response for library browsing, or will it just improve my boot times?
Regardless of which direction I wind up taking, the new machine needs to be abale to fit/handle a dual port SAS adapter and a M1015 SAS HBA. So if I go with a totally new system, I still need a decent-size board. I can go with prebuilt or not, it really doesn't matter. There is nothing wrong with my current case, so I am probably better off just dropping the new guts into it, but I am open to suggestions..