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Hi guys I have my own microserver, my first server!


It's going to be a central file dump and media server. It's the basic model too...


Anyhow due to a pricing error on a UK website I have managed to pick up four WD 2tb Reds for £20 inc next day delivery. I was amazed they arrived!


Anyhow luck gloating aside I now wonder how I should set my four drives up and the SSD. I did the floppy to SATA thing so I have 128gb in the ODD bay too.


I was thinking of OS and any VMs if I go that route on the SSD with striping raid on the 6gb channels for actually storing all the live/usable data (files and media for Plex) and mirroring raid on the 3gb channels to provide constant back ups of the 6gb channels.


Now I'm new to servers which you may have already noticed. My last server was a homemade which wore out and the MS G8 looked like a fantastic bit of kit to get me started with decent server hardware. I've never used raid and certainly never used five disks at once (three, yes but not five!) so I really don't know what the best config would be.


Sorry for my rambling post. This forum is fantastic and has answered so many questions I had already I hope some suggestions come in and in the future I hope to contribute myself.


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Windows only. No existing VM knowledge either.


Have used Ubuntu with GUI briefly but that probably doesn't count!


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I have  just created an "unraid" server with PLEX installed in a docker container.  I thought it was easy to setup as it  boots from the internal USB. The 1610t is just about man enough to transcode one 1080 stream. SSD as cache in the ODD, and four disks (parity, data, data, data ) - you can get a trial licence to see it it does what you want. (all ahci mode)


I could have done with 4 2tb red at £20 (each or for the lot?)

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It was for the lot! To be honest tho they were in a plain box (but sealed in the anti static packet) so they may be OEM or something. In addition they were packaged really poorly so they may not work... Lucky I ordered another four before they changed the price. They are NAS 3.0 and dated Aug 2016 so prob not refurbished.


What is a docker container? And what do I need the trial of what?


Finally, will adding something like a nvidia 230 or similar basic SFF card improve my decoding for movies?


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Somebody will correct me if I'm wrong but Docker allows the use of prebuilt vms that are easily upgraded. The plex one stores the video and db info on the disk array. Its dead easy to use.


Unraid is the os - requires a licence to use after trial expires - give it a google.


I don't know about you second question.

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