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iruindegi
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Hi,

I just bought hp microserver g8 and I want to know your opinion. I want a debian for home router/firewall and a nas (xpenology) for my media.

 

Whats is the best in your opinion?

 - Install a debian (is it possible to install on a usb pendrive or sd? on the motherboard?) and proxmox for my nas vm

 - Install a Esxi (where?) and have 2 Vm, one with Debian as router/firewall and another with my nas ?

 

Any help or clue?

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probably best to go with esxi boot it off a USB then your raid arrays are just storage.  I would also look for an intel 2-4 port gigabit card so you can and 2 ports dedicated to the router for in and out as a best way to isolate the router from the rest of the traffic.  Also in this method you could run a separate windows box to handle transcoding on the plex server leaving the nas just to serve the files.

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thanks @yodafett ! I´m reading about Esxi and I think I´ll go with it, installing to a sd card. I´m not sure but it seems that there are some problems with Esxi 6.0 (is that true?) version so I´ll go with 5.5.

I´ve a switch with vlan support so I don´t need another ethernet card, maybe I´ll buy a vga card in the future, we´ll see.

 

My plan is to install xpenology, it has plex server... why you mention a VM with windows for transcoding? how is that?

 

thanks for your help!!

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I´m not sure but it seems that there are some problems with Esxi 6.0 (is that true?) version so I´ll go with 5.5.

ESXi 6.0 is fine. There are issues with the hpvsa driver that runs the B120i "card" but that affects all versions of ESXi (and Linux).
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I have Debian running off ssd

I have not yet installed any VMs ( I am lazy) but am planning to go kvm route I.e Kvm on debian

I plan to use the existing dual port as net-in and net-out.

If you have celeron Or pentium cpu , the Ethernet would not be pass-thru , so you will have to do some routing magic on os level !!!?

Xeon pass thru the Ethernet

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If you have celeron Or pentium cpu , the Ethernet would not be pass-thru , so you will have to do some routing magic on os level !!!?

Xeon pass thru the Ethernet

I don't use KVM but I expect that it supports VLANs on the network interfaces like ESXi. You don't need to use PCI device passthrough.
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