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A change of Plan


Philgr
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Well i was heading down the custom build route for my server, but on seeing the £100 cashback offer i could not resist a N54L

I have now been reading up on the best configuration / build for what i want and so far i am thinking about the following :-

  • 16 Gig Ram
  • RocketRaid 2720
  • 128 Gig M4 SSD Drive (OS)
  • 4 x 3TB (Data)

I am planning to run this headless, located in he loft out of the way, my home network includes, iMac x 3, MBP,iPad x 3, PS3Apple Tv, and a Synology DS411J NAS (8TB)

The reason for the purchase was all my data was residing on the Synology NAS in Raid 5, with the back-up's scattered across several 1TB USB drives - not ideal and filling fast.

I would like to set the N54L in the following software configuration :-

  • Backup - backing up all my Computers
  • Central File Server - Music, Movies, Photos, Documents
  • Virtual Manchine's - Something new for me to play with

I also plan to fully back up this new machine to the Synology NAS over the network

Thoughts on the config and usage please before i purchase the additional bits

Thanks in advance

Phil G

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Intended OS?

Not sure - was focused on getting the most effective build - software environment was next on the list of research topics

 

Win server 2012 essentials ??

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Well you cant put VMs on WSE2012.

The Macs can backup to WHS 2011.

You will need to flash the BIOS to get 16gb of RAM on that puppy.

 

No doubt others will chime in on your hardware specs, but looks fine for the intended usage.

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Well you cant put VMs on WSE2012.

The Macs can backup to WHS 2011.

You will need to flash the BIOS to get 16gb of RAM on that puppy.

 

No doubt others will chime in on your hardware specs, but looks fine for the intended usage.

Can Macs back up to WSE 2012 ?

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mmmm, a very quick google on this subject, it seems that WSE 2012 does not support Time Machine - if so its not a deal breaker - there are other alternatives

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You don't need to flash the BIOS to use 16GB RAM but you do need an OS that can utilize it.

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I have assumed I will have to flash the bios to make best use of the SSD for the operating system

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I have assumed I will have to flash the bios to make best use of the SSD for the operating system

No.  It's the OS that know how to use the SSD.

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