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    #1 vhariable


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    Posted 24 October 2011 - 02:55 PM

    I have been happily using an HP EX495 for the past year, but it is starting to show it's age and not be able to keep up with my needs. I am ready to move on to Windows Home Server 2011 also as part of the transition.

    Requirements (old & new):
    File Storage + Backup
    SVN Server
    Streaming Movies & Pictures (AppleTV 2, iPad, etc)

    The new NAS will not be sitting out in an open room, so the case doesn't need to be small and I really like the Antec cases. The proposed build is probably overkill, but I would like it to last for some time. I am thinking of using the following components for a build:

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

    1 x (OS drive) Western Digital Scorpio Black WD2500BEKT 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    3 x (RAID 5) http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136513

    The primary concern I have is how do I handle connecting the AppleTV 2 to this new NAS? Right now I have my iTunes library stored on the EX495. I then can use it from any of my computers. Obviously I can only have one instance open on any given machine because of the read/write issues. Now with having iOS5, though I am not sure if I will even really need to directly use iTunes since I can sync without connecting to the physical machine. Right now I have iTunes running as a service on my EX495, but I wish there was a better solution (one that doesn't require jail breaking my ATV2). Has anyone else cracked this nut with connecting their ATV2 to their NAS running WHS 2011?

    I am planning on using software RAID, unless convinced otherwise.

    Any thoughts, concerns, or suggestions? I would really appreciate any feedback!

    #2 pcdoc


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    Posted 24 October 2011 - 04:28 PM

    For starters, a case is personal thing but I can tell you from experience that Antec does not make very good cases. For $10-20 more, you would be better off with a Fractal or Lian Li. if you are talking about using the motherboard to create your RAID 5 I would recommend against it. Stability, lack of expansion, not to mention the wonderful Intel raid driver are just a few reasons not to go down that road. It is not simpler, and you will not be able to expand the raid as your storage needs grow. Considering you are using 1.5 inch drives, this will be a limiter going forward. As for the tougher question, playing to the apple TV is a bit of trick. Your best bet since you can now use wi-fi sync is to probably install iTunes on the server or any computer that is running all the time. You can run another copy of iTunes from another computer if both default libraries are remapped to the server. If you move the default music locations of each system that has iTunes on it to the server, the libraries will not get confused. So in essence, the server could stream to your apple TV even though one of your other systems is handling the syncing. I have mine setup this way and it works great. You will still need something line Air Video to stream various movies and recorded TV shows to your IOS devices.

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    #3 vhariable


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    Posted 26 October 2011 - 09:14 AM

    What would you recommend for a RAID card? Do the other components seem reasonable, other than the case? I might also step up to the 2TB WD drives instead of the 1.5TB drives.

    That is what I figured for AppleTV. I am doing that setup now for my various computers and they all are using a shared library that lives on my EX495. Do you have iTunes running on your NAS and can you still open iTunes on a different machine and interact with it there (the actual library, not a shared library). How I have it setup I can only have one instance of iTunes opened up at a time since the "shared" library won't allow simultaneous access, but maybe I just have it configured incorrectly.

    #4 ikon


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    Posted 26 October 2011 - 10:41 AM

    I concur with pcdoc re: Antec cases. I bought one years ago and recently threw it out. I was going to reuse it when I realized that the only way to change the PSU is to remove the mobo, because the PSU can only be installed from the inside, which is just lame. It went into the recycle pile on my lawn on garbage day :)

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