I've been working out how I'm going to replace my aging synology DS413j NAS. Crahsplan is no longer supported do to Java version limitations and it's not very fast, at all. My research is pointing me to DrivePool + SnapRaid/disParity. So here is what I want the rig to do and what I'm working with:
- Media Storage
- Standared File Server
- Native Crashplan support
- Media Server (Plex most likely)
- iSCSI server for two workstations (Steam game Liibraries) using StarWind iscsi target
- Backup destination for Macrium reflect disc images
- Supports BOINC
- Supports Encryption, preferably Bitlocker
- Xeon E3 1245 v3
- Gigabyte Z87MX-D3H-CF Motherboard
- 16Gb G.Skill PC3-1600 ddr3
- Samsung 120gb SSD for Boot Drive
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Case
- Antec HCG-620M power supply
- 4 x 2TB WD RED (In the Synology)
- Windows 10
- Nvidia GTX960 2GB Video card
The hardware is my current desktop. I used to work from home and run 4-5 VMs using Vmware workstation but that use case is not in play any longer. I just game with the rig now. So i'm going to build a mATX rig for gaming, move my current Toshiba 256Gb boot SSD and video cared into it and build my server around the current workstation.
I want this to a set it and forget it build. What I'm not sure about is how to setup the storage. Currently I have 5.35TB of storage with 1.07 TB free. This includes all backups + media and files. Here is what I'm thinking, all drives encrypted with bitlocker:
- DrivePool 1: 4x2tb WD Reds - Data and Media with duplication OR Parity for safe keeping, maybe both.
- Drive Pool 2: single 3 or 4 TB drive for Backups. No duplication/parity
- 1 3 or 4TB drive for iSCSI drives with parity (if supported).
- Parity Drive if needed
I'm not planning an replacing any working hardware in my workstaion due to fiancial limititations.
I'll need to add a 4-8port JBOD HBA as the Intel controller only has 6 sata slots and maybe a second NIC for the iSCSI target if performance warrents.