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  1. Hi GPL! Thanks for the shout out! Much appreciated! You’re (and fellow T310 users) exactly why I wrote all those posts. The Dell T310 is a pretty solid platform for a modest set of user needs. My three regrets, - the choice of 3 add in drive bays on top (I’d suggest something sturdier and trayless) - nVidia graphics card not working in VMs - not using OpenVPN (now much easier with 6.8.3 working inside of dockers) If you get a nVidia graphics to work in a VM, you gotta promise to share. I bet I’m just missing something trivial, and I’m still wanting to try that one fix offered previously- but since getting a cheap radeon to work, I had other priorities to focus on (like adding terabytes, working from home - avoiding nCOVID-19, and running BONIC to rosetta@home in a VM!) Cheers, & welcome to the club!
  2. Decided to wait a bit to make sure that there were no major issues with the release. Then the Novel CoronaVirus-19 hit, and I had to catch up on moving my operations home from my work office. Long story short, downloaded the update, stopped my VMs, stopped my Dockers, updated Plex (linuxserver.io) and then stopped the array & rebooted. Everything restarted just fine. - Thanks Guys!
  3. 22FEB2020 UPDATE Server continues to run fine since the update to 6.8.2. Did have the opportunity to increase storage, and added two 4TB WD Re enterprise drives, replacing the pair of 600GB Cheetah drives I had. Since I wanted to test out the robustness of the parity drive, I decided to pull the drive and "cold swap" them, allowing the new formatted drive to rebuild. This worked out rather well, and the drives rebuilt the "new" 4TB drive with zero errors in about 6 hours - and allowing for the 3.4TB of additional storage space. Since I have some extra 4TB WD Re enterprise drives, I will create a couple of "hot swappable/cold storage - ready spares" and will also be adding a second parity drive to the system for added drive protection. It was interesting to remove the drive, reboot the system, and see that the data on the removed drive was still available through the "emulated" drive capability enabled by the parity drive. My Plex & VMs continue to run consistently and without any issues. I continue to update the Plex docker (now at Server Version 1.18.7.2457), and that seems to be working fine. And it's really nice to be able to access the media on the server when I am away on travel.
  4. 15FEB2020 UPDATE Server has been running fine since the update to 6.8.2. Plex & VMs are running consistently and without any issues. Updated the Plex docker (Now at Version 1.18.6.2368), and that seems to be working fine. And since I am away from home on travel next week, I am going to leave the configuration unchanged.
  5. Updated from 6.8.0 to 6.8.2 - Spun down all the VMs and Dockers first. Went well. No issues with Plex docker (upgraded it too!) Had one issue with the Windows 10VM, but after resetting the GPU and Chrome remote desktop interface, it worked fine again. Thanks!
  6. Just a note here, that using the /tmp for RAMDISK enabled my transcription and overall playability with Plex to be a lot smoother. Even with lower RAM available, I think this is still a wise thing to enable on any unRAID system for these kinds of issues.
  7. 01FEB2020 Update - And upgraded to 6.8.2 So I upgraded from 6.8.0 to 6.8.2, and as usual, my Windows 10 VM RDP is "dead" (unreachable by Chrome RDP) again. No idea why this happens. This seems to be some weird Windows 10 update issue that causes the VM to be unreachable through the Chrome RDP. Annoying, but if I go back in and rebuild the image, it comes back again. Otherwise, the system has been mostly rock solid. Drives seem happy, and the system temps have all been reasonable, including inside the bays and trays. Might add one more case fan just to reduce the temp a bit more. In the OS upgrade, the Plex migration was a bit of a hassle, but I also added a Silicon Dust HomeRunDR Duo Network TV system, and Plex seems perfectly happy to program and record local over the air (OTA) HD content. I have tried running the BEETS docker app to sort my music library, and am just getting annoyed by it rather than finding it to be helpful in finding anything in the indexs that make the music playable or searchable.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.”
  11. 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."
  12. 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.
  13. 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. 😃
  14. 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!
  15. 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.