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  1. Thanks for sharing back! I think you looked at a bunch of problems very systematically, and I like the lower bay drive cage adapter. That is very cool. Will keep that in mind if I need to add more drives. And yeah, I always update my NIC card Firmware first thing after installing then. Been bitten by that issue far too many times. Emby sounds like a better solution for your set up. And for now, I am sticking with Plex in a docker. I solved most of my issues (remote access, stutter, etc.) with changing the NAT tables in my DSL modem and router. You might also consider trying Chrome Remote Desktop. I had been using teamveiwer, and sure enough- their “claim“ was I was using it for commercial purposes- and locked me out of Remote connections into my own server before I could refute it. I then had to argue that I wasn’t, before they did anything, which was 72 hours later- and caused me issues while on travel. No weekend support either. Well, teamviewer is in my dustbin now, and won’t be reinstated until I see a better product than Chrome RDP. I have been thinking about putting a windows VM on a separate SSD, and may still do that. But for now, my windows images seem snappy enough sharing the cache SSD. Am surprised you didn’t stick with unRAID as the base OS, but if what you have works- good for you. Stay in touch!
  2. 01 JANUARY 2020 - HAPPY NEW DECADE So, the Dell T310 has mostly been stable, without much in the way of issues. Updated to 6.8.0 - and so far, so good. Drives are all up and with zero errors, well within temperature tolerances (less than 100*F). My two main issues have been the Plex Docker image, and the Windows 10 VM. So the Plex Media Server docker (PlexInc version) runs for the most part well, and I added a SiliconDust HomerunHD Duo to be able to watch and record a couple of local stations I can't get on my DirecTV. But - I am still struggling with Plex being "in and out" of the remote connectivity part of it. I have it set for Port 32400, manually, and forwarded the port through my router - but for some reason, the connectivity drops every so often. I tried various fixes (uPnP on/off, manual port forwarding, etc) but nothing seems to prevent the drop outs. The system will sometimes "heal" the issue, but at other times - I got nothing. Starting to consider a Arch or Mint Linux VM to run Plex in, rather than the docker. I keep getting this weird feeling like the Plex Docker is not getting enough resources to run properly, and as a result, drops the remote connection. The Windows 10 VMs are still being a persistent bugger too. Even with the AMD Radeon R7 240 2G Low Profile/Low Power video card installed - the VM gets lodged in this weird "broken" state. I am unsure, but I think part of it is the Windows 10 system trying to automatically upgrade the ethernet or video drivers. And of course, when that happens, I have to rebuild the VM from scratch - because no amount of tinkering will allow me to get the remote desktop back with teamviewer, Chrome remote desktop, or even the VNC (with the video controller changed back to the default setting.) For now, I have "updates" disabled, but am quite certain that some day soon - they are going to "whack" my system and have it go offline again.
  3. So, I did not post this view, but it has my curiosity up... what are others’ thoughts on this view? (I have issues with it, but appreciate perspective if others). ”NAS drives are for qnaps etc proper Nas devices (while) unraid was designed around the Idea of using a bunch of desktop hard drives together with redundancy for failure. I personally use shucked drives (that are) cheaper and just as good as a (bare) drive.”
  4. 07 DECEMBER 2019 - PEARL HARBOR RECREATION ENACTMENT ON MY SERVER BY TEAMVIEWER I started using TeamViewer remote desktop because it worked fairly well. I only had my one server, and I am not running it for a commercial service in any way shape or form. (I work for the government, and they frown on such things.) However, just moments ago as I was trying to resolve an issue with my Windows 10 VM, the software popped up with a "We're taking away your connection" ransom note. I thought this was a joke, but this is EXACTLY why I had seen so many others saying that TeamViewer was no longer their preferred system. Now I see why. Right in the middle of a effort, a "ransom note" - pay up, or we're turning off your ability to use your VMs. No if's, and's or but's. No way to contact anyone. No email. No chat option. You have to pay, or no more access. Pretty much a "F*ck you" by the TeamViewer team. Sorry, NO ONE deserves this kind of treatment. Ever. So, "F*CK YOU TEAMVIEWER." If anyone comes into my office saying that they use the software for a required job in order to input data - I will now (physically) throw them out of my office, terminate their contract with me, and consider them "Non-conformal" to stated performance and security requirements. "TEAMVIEW IS BULLSH*T."
  5. Thanks for the handover @Jonathanm! Ok, first, the system will boot on 2GB - but you will definitely want to get more memory. (And I have 8GB if you want to buy or trade for it. I upgraded to 32GB, and not going back.) 😃 At 2GB, you can't do much, but it's enough to "play with" unRAID. Next, you can boot unRAID in the T310 from the internal (or external) USB. I know, I do it with mine. (See >My first hobby “TOWER”< postings and updates. Have lots of photos of my system for other to follow.) Here is my suggestion: Put the USB key into the inside or front USB port BEFORE powering up the system. As it starts, press the <F11> key to get into the BIOS setup menu. (You do not want the iDRAC or RAID menus!) Once into the BIOS screen, set the boot mode to "BIOS" - not UEFI. Then the boot field selector should provide for the USB as a location of the operating system files for startup - and you have to move the specific USB up (using +/- keys) to the top of the boot list. One thing to note, that the make/kind of USB drive is also important, and it must be a bootable drive type! I tried a "non-standard" (non-bootable) drive, and the drive choked repeatedly (not unlike yours). After rebuilding unRAID on a better USB drive that I had, it booted without issue. Important Note: IIRC - If you move the USB drive in the T310, then you need to change the boot drive in the BIOS! The T310 server treats the internal, external front and external rear as separate, unique drive location options.
  6. 25 NOVEMBER 2019 - PLEX-ing my muscles, in MINECRAFT???!!!. So, I picked up a lifetime subscription to Plex (on sale at 20% off) and upgraded my Plex server (Docker) from the LimeTech build to the Plex, Inc build - inside of Docker. Thanks to the excellent youtube video tutorial from SpaceInvaderOne - I was able to move over the Plex configuration and files within about 15 minutes. No muss, no fuss. (Reminder: 1 beer owed!) While I'm not seeing any real improvements in the way the new Plex docker handles the streams to my devices outside of my home network - I, at least, feel a little more in control of how Plex and Beets are organizing my music and video library. So I spent a lot of the weekend suffling multiple CDs and DVDs through ripping programs on laptops, loading up the music library. (Reminder to self, I need to back the library up on a spare portable HDD.) For what it's worth, I use CDex and EAC for most music CDs, and WInX DVD Ripper Platnium for my DVD movies. Not really seeing a need for 4K or 8K yet, but that's probably a future thing I will need to consider with whatever my next "server" I might need to get. Plus, I am interested to see if the Plex's "TV" functionality is something that I can use with my server. Seems like it's just a small USB dongle and antenna away from pulling in "over-the-air" HDTV shows and into my server via Plex's DVR like capabilities. But I've found in the past that these kinds of solutions have always been finicky for me at best. Still, I am encouraged to consider it. And I do have the option of running a VM connected to one of the USB ports with the HDTV dongle, and having the same HDTV capabilities - and maybe even better. Considering that a new larger format, smart HDTV is somewhere in my future - as is a whole house renovation, I need to consider my options on how to Plex and how it will work with our existing/future DirecTV system. (Gahds, I hate ComCast!) Also the MSI Radeon R7 240 video card is working nicely in the server under a Windows 10 VM. So it will likely be December before I find the time to work on the nVidia video card again. The Teamviewer remote desktop controller I am using is pretty good, but the Acer Chromebook that I am controlling it from - has some minor issues with "passthrough" of right and left mouse clicks from their implementation on the touchpad. I might try using an external mouse to see if that resolves that issue. But the idea of using a connected "lightweight" Chromebook is pretty attractive for when I travel (which I do a lot) compared to having to tote a larger laptop around. (I have to RDP into my work's VNC and VM in order to read emails!) But overall, I like the "look and feel" of the server solution that I have now. Much more of what I originally envisaged when I started the project. A low cost, lightweight, simple NAS, with modest extensibilities - that had modestly good access to files, ability to back up into, and the ability to run VMs and Dockers/APPs. If I was doing this "professionally" - I'd probably want to use a platform like SuperMicro's motherboards and hardware, but this wasn't intolerable to work through either. But too, I'd want a much faster internet connection than I have now (Verizon DSL), and would love it if I could gain access to a FTTH connection - but the locale where I am doesn't offer that. =( With "Black Friday" deals coming in, I will probably be looking for a few larger Enterprise HDDs. 6TB and 8TB SAS/SATA drives at lower prices are starting to show up on some recent sales - now that the 12GB enterprise drives are coming onto the market, so that might be were I increase storage capacity and replace the current parity drive. (Adding two 6 or 8TB drives would move me into the 20+TB range on a small, single (quad core) CPU server space - which I think is pretty amazing.) And I don't think a second 1TB SSD for Cache makes sense - but would be interest in what others have to share about their experiences. So, what's next for my server? Probably the following: (green requires very few funds and is low risk to get, yellow requires funds/significant personal effort/increased risk to the current server) Adding HDTV DVR functionality to Plex or separate "over the air" HDTV VM, & how that will work w/DirecTV or future smart-TV A couple larger hard drives (currently up to 13TB, but growing music and video library), Getting the nVidia to work in a Win 10 VM and remoting in, Adding a docker or two for cloud sharing & bit torrents, Upgrading the xeon processors from the X3440 to something like X3480 (2.53 to 3 Ghz speed bump for about $25). Working on some VMs to support DruPal functionality as a satellite node off my current externally hosted website, permitting "file drag and drop" document library "like" functionality. After that, it's a new system really. I am sure I am getting close to maxing out the power supply on the T310. And this is otherwise max'd out for a NAS. Plus I'd rather not "bog" this system down trying to edit photos or videos natively from it. I got it as a NAS, and that's the main reason for it being... serving and making data available where ever I go. I have a heavyweight laptop and a heavyweight standalone PC for video and graphics editting that work well for me. Plus I can't see the need for a higher network connection, at least not for what my family does. Sure, I might wire for 10Gigabit around the home, but everything that I will link into it will likely be 10/100/1000 for a long time to come. Plus I have other projects to work on that are not server related: a new wireless (g/n/ac) router to be installed, a new high speed document scanner (ethernet IP based), a revamped/standalone Win 10/x64 dual xeon based video/photo editting system, a standalone Mac Pro 5.1 (dual xeon x56xx's) with 32GB ram and a standalone i7 Mac-Mini (likely will become the HTPC or the daughter's future workstation)! And unRAID was the absolute BEST solution for this kind of centerpiece NAS server - with all that future functionality in mind. Yes, I would like to have the nVidia issue to be resolved, but that's not LimeTech's issue... that's really an nVidia driver issue. )=p Also, my wife has recently recognized me as the "CIO" of our home based (not for profit) business. It's an IT staff of one. But I have my 11 year old daughter as a new intern trainee. And she will be wanting a minecraft server soon... and yes... the CIO will consider that as part of the future. But she has to get her school grades up first. She's definitely interested, that is, when she's not wanting me to teach her how to play softball and play catch with me. 😃
  7. Had the exact same problem - and the only docker I had running was Plex (the depreciated one from Lime Tech). After using that "fix" I was back in the game again - Many thanks Friis!
  8. Friday, November 15, 2019 - The day I "cursed" nVidia. So, still running unRAID 6.7.2 - but I had enough of trying to get the nVidia GT 1030 OC Phonenix card from Asus to work in the Dell T310 box, and tonight ran out to Microcenter and bought a low profile/low power MSI Radeon R7 240 2GB video card. Yes, I knew it wasn't going to be blazing fast, but then neither is my server. The card didn't need an extra power plug, just the power from the PCIe slot. And I just wanted something to work in the tower that would give me some decent graphics capabilities and not the accused "error 43." And sure enough, the Radeon is in - working on the first try with the VM, loaded up the updated Win10x64 drivers - and is broadcasting through TeamViewer at a decent 1280x1024 resolution. (Trust me, this is soooo much better than a Error 43 and default 800x600 resolution... I can at least run some programs again from the server!) In particular, I was able to run Second Life (it's a fun virtual world game for me) and it actually looked pretty good. Not amazing, but "pretty good." And although I just got a good hint from another poster about a potential fix for a VM using the nVidia 1030, I decided am going to let this server configuration "cook" for awhile "as is." Plus I can still use the 1030 in another box I am building for doing some video editing and graphics work.
  9. No, I had not tried that. Thanks very much for that follow up! I might go back to that at some point, but just tonight - I bought a MSI Radeon R7 240 card (yes, I know, dog slow) but the VM and video was running flawlessly right out of the box inside the Dell T310 and porting out with TeamViewer was a piece of cake. So I'm currently loathe to change the VM configuration back to the Asus GT 1030, but after a week or so of "dogging" it - I might just do that and see if this works. Again, really appreciate the follow up!
  10. November 11, 2019 So, back at it again tonight. Have to say, I like 6.7.2 for the windows "findability." Also those automatic docker and software updates make for a lot fewer "warning notices" and a lot smoother running server/machine. System has repeatedly been up for DAYS with no real dwn time for maintenance. Sadly though, I have had "Less than zero" luck with the nVidia pass-throughs on VMs. And I have tried just about everything. I've re-re-re-watched SpaceInvader One's videos, and tried every trick in the book. So am now to the point of throwing in the towel on the nVidia GT1030 all together (and into another system I have), and finding some other decent video card that doesn't have the continued nVidia "Code 43" VM issues. (See attached photos). I've tried everything I can think of. Different slots, various IOMMU groupings, editing the pulled BIOS ROM binary file with HXD hex editor, turned off Hyper-V, Booting with SeaBios, Booting with OVMF - and finally placed some chicken bones on it, while holding a pair of crossed screwdrivers (one Phillips, one Slot) and reciting Ohm's law. Now, I'm just buggered over it. I'd rather run a cheap AMD video card at this point for my gaming and photo/video editing. Suggestions welcome. nVidia seems to be taking the "Micro$oft" approach to things lately. Makes me think that AMD might just... walk past them too. Card requirements: Works in a VM Works with TeamViewer (Personal preference to remote in with) No PCIE power (must run off the slot power in a PCIE 8x slot) No need for a HDMI dummy load Works with Adobe Photoshop, Premier, and program called "Second Life". Ok, time for bed. Night all.
  11. No, you guys are amazing... and we appreciate all that gets done and shared on unRAID Forums. 👍 Thank you!
  12. Hello fellow T310 user ! I am considering some of the same pathways as you, and am often out looking for used server hardware. I did shoehorn in multiple drives (Up to 7 SATA/SAS drives and a 1TB SSD) and a GT1030 into my T310 that I am running a NAS on, but struggling to get either a Win7/64 or Win10/64 in a VM to address the 1030 card correctly. (You can find my thread on my T310 build in the forum) I picked the 1030 video card as it is relatively low power, which is important for the T310. And I like the T310 Xeon X34XX 4 core/8 thread design for CPU utilization. But if I had it to do over again, I'd pick up the "low profile" version over the ASUS GT 1030 OC version I currently have. The 1030 does work in the T310, but it's "finicky" - so I might try an Unbuntu VM to see if that helps based on your comment. (Thanks!) With that in mind, I think you could look at two or three strategies: 1) Get a GT1030 low profile card for about $100, and install in the T310 and "hope" it works better than my experience. Or you could look at an AMD or other graphics card. Problem is that nVidia really is a leader in GPU performance and in utilization in computational heavy codes for transcoding and Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. And the T310 just doesn't have the power (No PCIe 6/8 pin power cords) to drive higher end cards like the RTX 2080 or GTX 1080Ti. You could back down to a low power card, like a GT610 - but it really depends on the application and GPU power you want/need. (And I need to remind myself to look at Zoneminder, thanks for that tip!) But an upgraded GPU could greatly reduce your CPU load on things like feature recognition. 2) Surf Craigslist/eBay/LetGo and come up with a nice (used) dual Xeon server in a 1U or 2U rack with very little investment ($100-200). That approach would still leave you a fair bit of funding for a decent GPU card (GTX 1050 or GTX 1070 @ $100-$200?) And you'd probably want to update the SAS/SATA card ($50-$100), and/or max out on ECC server RAM which will run a few more $. Given that both DELL and HP seem to be very proprietary in their motherbaord designs - (which drives me crazy at times,) I would tend to recommend the SuperMicro or similar "open architecture" server pathway with at least DDR3 ECC RAM - if you want a server grade, reliable build. [For example, I just picked up a SuperMicro system (sans drives or power supply, but with 32GB DDR2 RAM) for $20 - which included a "bitcoin" brand 8x riser - so I am guessing was a failed bitcoin mining rig attempt. But for another $25, I can upgrade the dual CPUs to 3+Ghz, and I can probably find an ATX power supply for around $40. That pathway has significant performance potential over the T310.] 3) Consider just upgrading the Xeon CPU x3430 @2.4ghz in the T310 to something like a Intel Xeon X3480 @ 3.06 GHz which are selling on eBay for $25. That's a 25% performance bump for not a lot of money. (And allow for buying a better SAS/SATA controller, more drives, and a good low end graphics card like a GT610 or GT 1030.) That upgrade might drop CPU usage from 70% to around 50%, and allow a little more headroom in feature recognition. Also if you've not got the Dell H200 SAS controller, I would highly recommend that upgrade in the T310 so you can push past the 2TB barrier that the H700 controllers have. But, this approach also "max's out" the T310 and leaves nowhere else to go. (This is about where I am, so I am out shopping for the next box for me.) 4) Look for something like a used Dell Poweredge T610 2x Intel Xeon, which run around $350 on eBay, move everything else over, grab a cheap nVidia GT610 ($40) or GTX 970 ($80) and then call it "Done for now". Hope this helps... feel free to check back with me.
  13. First, much appreciation to all involved in developing this (fork?), and documenting in this thread - it helps me understand the potential value. Second, I am a "noob" but running a unRAID NAS server box with vanilla Plex docker (limetech/plex - no subscriptions). I recently was able to acquire a nVidia K10 Tesla GPGPU, so I have some basic questions: 1) Is there any inherent value in "Unraid Nvidia", outside of the obvious speed increases in media transcoding? 2) Can "Unraid Nvidia" take advantage of the GPUs and memory on a Tesla card? (K10, K80, M40, V100, etc) 3) Has anyone had experience with a Tesla card and unRAID? (In VM or with nVidia unRAID) - And was it worth the time involved? 3A) Or for that matter, anyone using homelab applications utilizing a Tesla card under unRAID that they can share tips on? Thank you in advance for anything offered!
  14. Squid, I could kiss you... or buy you a beer. I didn't even know one existed... but will pop it in now! Thanks!