Home Media Server/web server hardware Question
Ok, so i'm not sure if im posting in the right spot or not. If not then i'm sorry.
Ok, first I'm looking at building a home media server that also runs a private web server for testing. The media server will be streaming to 5 PC's around the house, I'm looking to back up my entire movie and tv show's collection in full 1080p HD, which is about 10-14gb files for movies. I was going to use XBMC to run on small computers next to the tv's. at the most, 3 systems will be in use at one time. maybe 4 if we have company. I'm looking at a super micro 4u 24 slot hot swappable server case with 3tb sata II drives x24.
My question is first, if i get 2- 4x multilane raid cards to connect all 24 HDD's will there be 2 separate raid config's or can i combine all the drives together for one huge raid config even though the hdd's are on 2 separate raid cards?
Second question is what raid configuration is best? i'm looking at maximizing my storage space but have backups in case of drive failure which i know there will be. i dont want to have it backed up 2 or 3 times and have 72TB and turn it into 24TB with 3 back up's. I know about raid, i have never worked with raid and i understand the concept of raid but i dont fully understand the different configurations.
Third question is what kind of system specs will i be looking at? single 8 core opteron? dual 8 core opteron? quad 8 core opteron?8gb ram, ecc? 16gb ram, ecc? 64gb ram, ecc? Whats going to be best for my situation.
EDIT: Forth question, whats the difference from ubuntu server and ubuntu desktop other than the fancy x windows? Does ubuntu server come with a low end x windows? I would like a low graphic intensity x windows just to be able to drag and drop files or run deb packages with double click. It seems like it would be easier to config setting for network and file sharing with x windows than command line.
Last edited by feardotcom; September 10th, 2012 at 06:25 AM.
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