i dont know a lot about these so please excuse my ignorance
I have seen this
basically i want a box i can shove hidden away in the corner (would hopefully be able to remote into it either through teamviewer or ssh)
I seen this
Now i see it has 4 drive slots what is LFF?
I will be looking at putting linux on it. anything you guys suggest?
Will be accessed by two linux laptops, a windows laptop (very occasionally) and an ipad
will there be any issues with this?
Best Answer philcruicks , 22 January 2014 - 13:21
I've got the N40L (just a slightly slower CPU in it) and it'll be perfect for your use. I have it running a teamspeak and Minecraft server for me and my friends aswell as Plex to stream media.
Yes i believe you can do 2x RAID1 on it, but you could look at software solutions to do RAID 5 as you have 4 drives (give you more capacity).
I'd also highly recomend getting a 5.25" caddy, there is a Optical drive bay in the top but no drive, use USB to load your OS and use the spare bay for an extra drive, I;ve got a 250GB drive for my OS in there, gives me all 4 bays for a storage array.
Yes you can plug USB drives in, also has e-SATA on that back which should be your 1st port of call for external drives.
Do not get the gen 8 for your needs, its a full blown server with HP ILO and dual NIC's, for home use the Gen 7's are more than enough.
I'm running Windows Server 2012 (because i get a free key from work for Home Lab setup) for you I'd go with a Linux distro you're happy with.
Also for remoting unless you're often going to be doing it from outside your network, just use RDP save installing extra software like teamviewer.
my god why did they not just say 4 * 3.5" drives lol
Because its a server not a desktop/laptop Server speak is SFF and LFF.
Accessing from an iPad maybe a small challenge, it would have straight network access like Windows/linux does using for eg windows explorer.
You'd need some application on the server than can give it access, like Plex then you can get teh Plex app for iOS or use the web interface to access the media.
100Mb network will be fine for streaming, I'd get it all up to 1Gb if you can (makes copying files and everything easier, but it'll stream fine on 100Mb).
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