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Help picking a home NAS

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jk2447, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi,

    I'm wondering can any of you help me please? I'm stuck for what NAS to get at home, or if I should even get a little NAS box or a small server running something like openfiler.

    I like that a NAS box has the whole DLNA melarky so my PS3 and 360 can see it which I don't think openfiler can do.

    I've been looking at the Netgear readynas and the Synology ds211, so roughly £150 quid without drives. I'm after something I can leave on 24/7ish so doesn't get very hot and doesn't take up much space.

    Drive wise while I'm on, I'd be looking to get 2x 2TB green drives although a friend reckons faster drives would be better, any comments?

    Thanks all, any advice would be much appreciated

    Jim
     
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  2. ThomasMc

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    Scrap this post as just notice your budget ;)
     
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  4. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Cheers guys. Dave I like your thinking, warranties are for losers I say ha ha

    Check this out for a bargain! Apparently the web interface on it can be a bit of a PITA but I'll erm, 'circumvent' that.......ahem root! Throw the free 500GB in my ML115 and get 2x 2TB green drives in it on raid 1. I like the green drives because they run cooler, lower power etc which is ideal for me at home.
     
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  5. SimonD

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    Why not get an HP Microserver and run something like Openfiler or FreeNAS and better still you can get 5 disks running in it if you use FreeNAS on the USB key instead of dedicated disk.
     
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  6. jk2447

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    Honestly mate, I'm a lightweight at home. All I've got is a netbook, a laptop, a quad core ml115 with 8gb ram for my lab work and now this basic NAS. I had really fancied the HP micro but I don't really need a server on at home 24/7. This cheapo NAS will spin down and be quiet most of the time but it is DLNA so can talk to my consoles which I'm not sure Openfiler can, I'm not familiar with FreeNAS at all TBH.

    One day I will pimp out a man cave but right now I'll have to wait till we get a new house in a year or two with either a basement (my pref) or a converted loft. So I'm just trying to keep everything cheap and light until I'm ready for some hardcore kit :) Cheers tho mate cracking suggestion and my 1st option but for the fact I was after a dedicated NAS rather than a configured server, which no doubt I negated to mention ha ha
     
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  8. jk2447

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    I was going to get one of those only for the price of this one. From what I can tell they are similar in performance but I think the one I've ordered will need to be messed with beyond what most are compfortable with, which is OK with me, rooting it etc to get the most out of it. Cheers tho mate, let you know what this little thing is like when it comes.
     
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  9. SimonD

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    Actually you said

    To be fair the Microserver is probably right size wise, is a low powered CPU (dual core 1.3ghz AMD) and with the myriad of NAS software solutions out there probably a little better than the cheaper prebuilt NAS solutions. I know for a fact (after having tested numerous solutions) that the Microserver out performs the Iomega IX4 with whatever NAS solution I threw at it (FreeNAS (7.2 and 8), OpenFiler 2.3 and 2.99), Open-E DSS v6, NexentaStore and OpenIndiana. The thing to remember with prebuilt NAS solutions is that are ok for home use but start throwing more connections at it and it will start to struggle.

    The other thing I will mention is that if you're doing your VCP you may want to think about home labs, that means ensuring you have a device that can server NFS and or iSCSI.
     
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    I've used a netgear NAS before and disliked it, mind you was an old one, might have improved since... Got a Microserver and it's perfect - can add 6 drives (if using esata/bios hack) I believe :)
     
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  11. jk2447

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    Cheers mate, I'm going to ask a stupid question now, would you use that micro as your datastore......? TBH I need to blitz my lab, start from scratch. My ML115 is running 2008 r2 so my VM's are on Hyper-V....... :S

    Do you mind if I ask what you've got setup please mate? I've got 2 weeks until I'm on the course then I'll be looking at taking the exam so I need to get my labs in order. Could someone tell me what costs are involved with using VMWare at home?
     
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  12. ThomasMc

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    Why not check out Simons blog :) Everything Virtual

    My HomeLab – Setup Part 1 « Everything Virtual
     
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  14. SimonD

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    Actually yes I do use it as a datastore :) (thanks Thomas :)) although my microserver is running 8gb of ram just because the more the better.

    As far as home use is concerned, you have a 60 day trial of pretty much everything, ESXi, vCenter etc, just register on the VMware site (non free webby type addresses) and you can download evals.

    Have a look on my blog for more VCP material as well.
     
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