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  1. I am not using Docker for it, but I run Twonky Media Server quite happily, just starting it up from the "go" file after everything else.
  2. It's not really the maximum power dissipation of the processor that's the issue, but it's more related to how much power the chip saves when it is idle or only lightly loaded. Historically, Intel have always been much better at that than AMD, and the newer Intel processors seem to be exceptional in this area. At least Unraid makes motherboard swaps relatively painless. Drives are identified by serial number rather than by port, so it's often just a case of plugging in and away you go. I would recommend a few passes of Memtest (from the Unraid boot menu) before giving the new hardware full access to your drives.
  3. I agree, and MSI seem worse than the bigger brands in terms of web based support for their products. My small HTPC is an MSI box, and it works great, but I'd challenage anyone to try to find detailed information about the machine or its similar brethren on their site. They have only very light marketing material. Biostar are similarly light when it comes to the details. It's probably the main reason that I stick with Asus, Asrock and Gigabyte for motherboards.
  4. Thanks for creating this plugin. I have set up successfully and I'm currently part way through a check that I'm spreading across three nights. Looks good so far.
  5. I agree with @trurl - this does not look like the normal Unraid folders - On my 6.6.7 machine (set up as a basic NAS device) I do not have folders "media" "opt" and "svr" so it looks to us as though you are looking at something else. What to you see in those folders? What do you see in the "boot" folder. It may give a clue as to what happened.
  6. Season's Greetings to you all. And thank you for all that you do for the UNRAID community. All good wishes for 2019. Les.
  7. RAM can die of old age / temperature cycling etc. I have had it happen in my server and also in my main home PC. In each case just one stick started to go consistently bad and it wasn't due to pushing the speed or voltage limits for example. It just didn't work properly anymore. I have also had RAM that just works pretty much forever, but you never know... It's why some people choose to run with ECC RAM in their servers. I don't right now since my motherboard doesn't support it, but next time I upgrade I may go in that direction.
  8. It's up to you, to be honest. I know from experience that one can spend many hours working on a project and documenting it for others, but only a few will follow your lead. Please don't do it on my account - my time to explore in-depth is relatiely limited at the moment. At the same time, projects such as your are very cool, and a great way to share technical knowledge. Thank you again.
  9. On Windows I use a combination of methods. I use Window's built-in Backup to regularly backup selected folder structures such as My Documents. For me there's enough flexibilty in terms of choossing the content to back up and simple scheduling. I also use FreeFileSync which I run manually from time to time to manage backups of large amounts of infrequently updated material. I found FreeFileSync good enough that I have paid for it for a year to keep up to date with newer versions. Both are worth considering in my view. I am sure there will be other recommendations.
  10. Wow! Amazing write up! Thank you. 👍 That was way more than I expected, and I understood quite a bit at the first attempt. I shall definitely read a few times and have a think whether to tackle something similar. Right now, it's academic (no Kindle available) but I am sure I could solve that pretty quicky. The threads that you linked to are also very valuable as an insight into how this kind of approach can evolve. Thanks again.
  11. Just what I was thinking. While it's definitely a bit of a hack, as far as I understand your description, the end result is highly effective and a credit to your capabilities. If you ever consider writing that up in more detail for those of us with smaller brains, it would certainly be of interest.
  12. I monitor my power quite closely when making hardware changes - I run 12 hard drives in each server using 430 and 450W power supplies with no issues. With a variety of power meters I only see just of 200W at the start of the drives spinning up. Even if I miss the absolute peak measurement because it's quite short, I am pretty sure that I am below 300W peak. I should point out that the rest of the hardware is pretty basic - no graphics cards, for example. The 450W was replaced (from a 430) about 18 month ago. Power supplies do age, and I would not reuse an old power supply in a new server build.
  13. Indeed. The story didn't make sense to me when the Bloomberg article first appeared. The detailed analysis in the STH article only supports my own conclusions.
  14. My take is that this could be a bit of politically driven protectionist China bashing, with Supermicro being a (probably) innocent victim, although the suggestions about expected movements in stock prices also add an interesting dimenison. This seems pretty well aligned with some of the current US administration's rhetoric against China. As for the motherboards - there were plenty of motherboards from some vendors when the E5-2670 Xeons hit the market., but I am not sure that the availability of those devices is connected - they were already far from new at that time. And there were (still are) threads on this forum with people buying up motherboards and CPUs to build some pretty decent servers. What I struggle with is the lack of credible detailed evidence. To me, it's all hearsay. I'd want to see some pictures - a good and bad motherboard for example; a high magnification image or two of the alleged offending devices; and so on.
  15. I agree with @Frank1940. If you are running monthly parity checks, then your sytem is already known to be capable of reading from all of the drives at once. The only difference when recovering from a failed drive is that one of those drives being read becomes a drive being written to. The loading on the sytem is the same. If I was to replace any part pre-emptively I would go for the power supply. They do reduce their ability to provide maximum power as the capacitors within get older. A decent power supply run conservatively would most likely give no trouble when in use continually for, say, eight to ten years, but a failing power supply will potentially give rise to strange problems some of which may be hard to detect and which might be more challenging to recover from.