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dikkiedirk

Does WS 2012R2 offer software RAID5. If yes, is this a workable solution or simply dead slow. What kind of CPU do I need in a Microserver Gen 8 to male it fast enough? Or is it wiser/better to leave RAID5 to a dedicated controller like a P222 with FWBC? How do I set up a P222, trough its BIOS when starting up the Gen 8? Is additional forced cooling for the P222 necessary? My Gen 8 has a standard 2020 Celeron. It will be used for ripping my CD collection and like to leave the DVD/CD player in its place. As far as server server tasks concerned, it will only be serving music file in FLAC format, also in HD format upto 24/192. WS 2012 R2 is booting of SSD on port1 of the B120i. Nothing fancy really. Is it possible to schedule a nightly incremental backup task in WS 2012R2 to a USB disk or perhaps over LAN to another server?

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Drashna Jaelre

Yes it does. In the form of Storage Spaces (parity arrays). 

 

However, in general, it's better to set up a RAID array on a dedicated controller, as you will get better performance out of it.   Especially as this will be heavily CPU dependant, and ... dirt slow on a Celeron CPU. 

 

 

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dikkiedirk

Thanks. Guess I'll be harvesting another P222 from my companies surplus parts then. I had one already but it had been running with a loose heatsink and was unstable.

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Regarding backups, all external drives will be dedicated as backup drives, and will not be visible in file explorer.
Setting up a backup task is very simple after adding a external drive, and selecting what to backup.

Or just create a task in Task Scheduler with e.g. robocopy and backup via the network to another location.
Your Celeron with a couple of disks on the internal hardware should be more than fast enough for your music usage.
Even for video streaming etc. it will work just fine.

vr.gr.,

 

rob

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dikkiedirk

Added a P222 and connected the mini SAS cable of the drive cage to it. I created a RAID 5 volume and it runs stable this time. Temps on PCI1 are rather high though, about 75 C, s I'm gonna add a fan to the heatsink of the P222. Just need a way to power the fan.

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