A few questions for those who use Type-1 Hypervisors on their Gen8 MicroServers...
I am looking to try ESXi or ProxMox and have been reading a lot of the threads on here.
Hopefully you guys can help with some harder to find answers I have been seeking.
1) Which would be the better way to setup ProxMox:
a) Hypervisor on Internal MicroSD, VMs installed on SSD in ODD Port, Data on 4x HDDs in bays.
b) Hypervisor on Internal USB, VMs installed on SSD in ODD Port, Data on 4x HDDs in bays.
c) Hypervisor and VMs both installed on same SSD (partitioned?) in ODD Port, Data on 4x HDDs in bays.
d) Hypervisor on SSD using a USB-to-SATA cable on Internal USB, VMs installed on separate SSD in ODD Port, Data on 4x HDDs in bays.
2) Would a 128GB SSD be a ‘waste‘ for installing a Hypervisor on? How much space is typically needed?
3) How many VMs have you guys run on a Gen8 comfortably without it being sluggish?
4) Everyone seems to be going RAID crazy these days. Is there any reason to use it if high-availability is not that necessary and a good backup plan is in place? What is wrong with separate disks (or singular Raid0s)?
5) Does using Type-1 Hypervisors have any effect on the internal fans speed/noise? Is it possible to have 3-5 VMs running and still have the fan speed @~8% as it was when I was using 2 nested (Type-2) VMs?
Sorry in advance if some of these questions are silly, common knowledge, or “depends on what you are doing in the VMs!” 😆
Thanks in advance to all those that help!
I've been fighting with FreeNAS over the past few weeks trying to get a Sonarr->SABnzbd->Plex system setup (as I have done many times both on Windows and Mac), however, I have had nothing but issues with FreeNAS.
So I hoped to install Windows Server 2016, and install these 3 programs the same way I have in Windows installations before? I realise that the Windows installation would have more overhead and could impact Plex transcoding performance, but I'm planning on installing a better processor to combat that.
Can I install Windows to run off a USB stick like I currently have FreeNAS?
Anything else I should be aware of?
Looking for some feedback…. I am going to upgrading my NAS and can’t really decide on what way I should go.
Disclaimer: I do not have any experience with Synology or QNAP products or software. My current NAS is a Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 6 (RNDU6000).
Intent: NAS will be main data store for all household files, TimeMachine, along with a VMotion NFS for 2 ESXi Hosts. There will be about 20 VMs running on the share. Backbone network will be 10GBE. The NAS will be fill with 10x WD 3TB Reds and 2x SSDs for caching. Long-term, I would like to run Docker, maybe a wiki or intranet sites, email server, and maybe even move some of my VMs roles to the NAS. With the higher price tag, I would like for this NAS to have enough hardware resources to grow with me and my needs.
Synology RS3617xs – I am really interested in DSM and all that it has to offer. Also, looking into using Surveillance Station for home security. On the down side, the price tag is $2,500
QNAP TU-1263U – For me, the biggest selling point on this device is the price tag. $1,600. It also comes with built-in 10GbE. My only hold up is I don’t know much about QTS (QNAP OS) and its Apps and surveillance station capabilities.
The third option for me is to roll a home built FreeNAS. I have a spare Intel i3-4130 CPU that I can throw on a SuperMicro X10SLL-F and 32G of ECC RAM. My concern with FreeNAS is not being able to expand the storage pool over time with bigger drives.
I would love and be thankful for any input. I am not 100% set on a rack mounted system, I would just prefer it. With that being said, if you can recommend a system that will me my need, please let me know.
TLDR: Is the Synology RS3617xs worth the price tag or is it overkill?