Fileserver and more.. Hard-/Software recommendations and tips wanted
i want to run a homeserver here for centralized data storage and more...
... the "more" (intended):
hardware to put in/on:
ok that's much stuff, but it's complete what i want to know general, before going "in-depth".
as you can see i already got some information collected, and thought about the whole thing, but i just want to read opinions from the experts here. i'm looking forward to an interesting discussion.
i will collect the useful answers for my yet to set up wiki, too ;)
thx in advance!
If you want to be completely DIY that's fine, but check out projects like FreeNAS, openfiler, NASlite, nexanta, ... If you like one of those to use, or just to use as a guide, their individual docs might have some good hardware recommendations.
I can, however, tell you that for what you want, you'll barely need any power at all. An Intel Atom, VIA, or ARM board will do just fine. Just get a board that lets you hook up a lot of SATA connections so you can expand as needed. Most boards will have a 1 gig card but you'll probably only need 100mbit. Chances are your home network's switch will be more of a deciding factor here.
You mention streaming media, a lower power CPU can do this just fine as long as you don't want to encode on the fly. For that you're going to want to look into hardware encoding, but if it's just serving pre-rendered a/v, low power is fine.
Finally, my advice is not to try and do any scanning on this server. Do the scanning on your desktop and load the results onto the server. Otherwise you'll need to set up a GUI on this server for this one purpose and that would be a huge waste. (Unless you want to serve the scanner over the network - but I don't think support for this is _that_ good yet; but if you just server the scanner, you're still using it on an actual desktop).
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