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Everything posted by MrCrispy

  1. Like the topic says. Besides just file server, interested in seeing what people run on their unRaid boxes, since it can run almost anything via docker. How big is your build, what other components (like UPS) do you have etc. I'm sure there are many cool things people are doing!
  2. I have no interest in a consumer ATX PSU. The SQ versions from SM are quiet enough from every account and not audible over the fans/disks. Did you use active cooling for cpu's or just passive heatsinks?
  3. Goal - make the server quiet enough for apartment use, and reduce power draw. Server will be purchased from ebay seller - X9 board with dual cpu. I don't know how much RAM I should get? I'll replace PSU with the SQ version. For fans, which of these is a better option - 1. get alternate chassis fans from SuperMicro such as FAN-0074L4/FAN-0044L4. Drop in replacement 2. remove fan wall and put 3x 120mm fans. much more work For cpu I'm thinking of low power Xeon such as E5-2630L. Will it make a big difference vs E5-2620? Do I need active cpu cooler vs the passive heatsink server comes with? What changes do you recommend?
  4. Ok, sorry, I should've done google search and I see this has been asked before. I don't mind paying at all, for some reason I recall reading about such sales...
  5. Thanks, understood. I wanted to ask one more thing. I will be adding disks that I've been using for a while (but not in Unraid) and have tested them. Is it possible to add these without preclear?
  6. I think I saw this in the past. I am looking to purchase 2 Pro licenses and I believe there have been bundles for this before?
  7. I'm building a new server and need to move lots of data to it. I can think of 2 ways to calculate parity - 1. copy all data without parity drive. Then add parity drive and let it calculate parity for all 2. add parity drive, then start copying data to each disk Which of these is better? #1 will calculate parity just once for each sector (combining data from all disks). #2 will redo the calculation each time new disk is added. So I think #1 is better - right? There is no risk of data loss in each case as I will be copying from another set of disks.
  8. It'd be nice if there were some screenshots of the new UI and perhaps some details on whats new between releases in the UI. Is there a thread for it? I know I've seen it before but IMO should be part of the notes.
  9. This is most likely totally unfeasible but I'm just wondering since there are a few threads about nginx issues and from what I read haproxy is just as capable and is well regarded as well as more feature rich.
  10. Any plans for this? Docker compose would be a much better way to handle multiple containers and would need less effort from the devs and maintainers and it opens up other options as well. I don't know if there are technical issues preventing this or there isn't enough demand?
  11. When I look at how sales of NAS devices like Synlogy/Qnap are alive and flourishing, and how more are more people are actually building a NAS (on many online forums and communities such as Reddit) it pains me to see unRaid isn't more popular. I think there is plenty of room. One simple thing I can think off the top of my head is to partner with some oem's or sites like Amazon/Newegg, and offer unRaid + prebuilt pc with say 4 drive bays, as an option in the NAS section. I know LT used to sell hardware solutions and other companies also partnered but those sections of the forum are long dead.
  12. I am more concerned about the product itself. AFAICT its still developed by one main developer (Tom), is that true? And there isn't really an alternative to unRaid which is why users tend to be so passionate. I don't know if LT makes a lot of money but my guess is not since the product hasn't really grown in popularity over the years from what I can tell, maybe its just such a niche market? But a lot of the cool things that make unRaid great have come from the community and IMO it deserves to be better known.
  13. I remember years ago when I was learning about this stuff, I would google for things like which HDD to use for builds, SMART etc, and find links to the unraid forums because the posts here had the most indepth technical info. Sadly many of those posts are now gone or are relevant for older versions only. Its true that online forums these days have become more toxic, you see this everywhere. People have smaller attention spans and are more willing to complain. I still feel this is an extremely valuable community, it is one of the big pros of unRaid frankly. Without the active members here, a lot of the cool stuff in unRaid wouldn't exist and many have had an active part in influencing newer official features.
  14. This is something I want to get as an alternative to commercial NAS like Qnap/Synology for my family. Don't need more than 4 bays. It needs to be of similar size, power/noise levels and I don't need ultra fast cpu. If there is some SFF pc which comes with a motherboard/cpu combo (like NUC's do) and has 4 drives, that I can just buy, I'd really prefer that. I am under time limits as I'm traveling this weekend, and I cannot ship parts where I'm going.
  15. Yes I will give them local content, their Internet speeds are not great. For streaming clients my plan is to buy 2 FireTv sticks, it seems like the easiest UI to use. Needs are very simple, just a tv and no speaker system. I have used FireTv/stick myself with both Plex and Kodi, Plex has a much easier UI IMO, but it does transcode many formarts like avi. Do you have a suggestion for a prebuilt box I could buy, add ram/hdd and unraid key and be done? Also this is going on a flight with me, which is why I said the SFF. A mid tower is not going to work.
  16. Going to visit family for holidays in about 1 week, and decided to get them setup with a file server and Plex streamer. My main consideration is to have a simple always on server that they never need to manage, which is why initially I thought of commercial NAS, but Qnap/Synology are really expensive. I have big loud servers I use myself, but I need suggestion for something I can purchase which will run unRaid, have at least 4 drives, and be able to transcoding, in a small form factor and low power/noise. Is there any such device? Something like HP Microserver comes to mind. I dont have a lot of time as I'm travelling next week!
  17. I think it would be nice if there were some screenshots of new featutes/GUI changes, makes it a lot easier to understand and is exciting!
  18. Probably won't get an answer but thought I'd ask Its been a month since rc6. Which usually is a good sign since it might turn into final release but I've read a few times of changes in the next rc.
  19. Sorry I am not a Linux expert, let alone a kernel dev, and I read a bit more about inotify and take it back. It seemed at first glance to provide a callback for every file operation but its only for specific folders. I don't know if Linux itself has this capability. e.g. NTFS has a journal - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USN_Journal - which can be easily queried by apps and is used for this kind of functionality. Its used by many programs for things like versioning, file history etc. I believe OSX had similar features which were used by Time Machine, and the new APFS is probably much more sophisticated for this feature. This seems like a pretty basic Linux feature - e.g. how do iotop/lsof etc operate? I am not asking for something to intercept file read/write calls, examine the data etc. That would be a very low level filesystem driver. Just a way to get notified when a file is created/moved/deleted - basically whenever its metadata has changed. which is a LOT less frequent operation.
  20. How is this a core change? In fact it'd be no change at all if the right api hooks exist. I looked into this a bit more and inotify seems to provide this info, and its part of slackware. Are there any unRaid authors on this forum or is it just users?
  21. Thought no one had seen this. Can I get some input from the regulars/unRaid authors if this is possible, and what it'd take. Yes it'd be more powerful than cache_dirs. Also this kind of info is very well suited to be kept in memory for instant access. The more I think of this the more uses I can come up with - e.g. you keep a history of the catalog and you have an instant view of how your server usage has grown over time.
  22. What it'd do: maintain a catalog of all the content on the server - files, folder, shares etc. The catalog would be built on initial install. After that it would hook into the unRaid filesystem and get updated automatically on any file modification/access, without needing to run a separate script on schedule. Thus it'd be like updating parity in realtime vs doing it on schedule. Features it'd provide to the user - - instant search of any file/folder on the server: would list the locations (disk, share) where its located, without having to search - if a disk goes offline, can generate a report of all missing content and all affected shares/folders - various stats such as most used, age, size map, distribution - possibly a realtime view of shares/disks with file access lighting up sections The key to all this is automatic updates of the underlying catalog by hooking into the file system, which I believe is shfs. IMO this would be a very powerful addon. I don't know if APIs exist to enable this, I've never written a plugin, but am interested.
  23. You should disable parity on the target server in any case. Then enable it back when all the data is there. If possible, you could also look at installing 10Gb cards in the 2 servers, they are not expensive (~$20) and this is the perfect use case. 20MBps seems really slow to me in any case, is that the read speed you get as well?
  24. Agree with everything. If I have a backup server with frequent rsyncs, parity is not that essential and may in fact be not preferred. Its the same tradeoff you make when choosing to have a non-mirrored cache, which many people also have. I know everyone says you need 3 backups with 1 offsite, but in practice very few can afford that with large datasets.
  25. With that much data does it really matter if its 1 or 2 parity drives? You need to have backups in any case. There are plenty of users with >15 drives an donly 1 parity drive, 2 is a very new feature. And the drives were not the same batch, they got it in 2 shipments. Even if they were I very much doubt it makes any difference. In fact if all of them got damaged thats a good thing as you'd be able to replace them immediately.