I run a windows 8.1 server with
Emby ServerWMC plugin
I also have a lot of steam/origin games installed on it, and I play them through Moonlight game streaming. I would like for all my clients to be android/fanless, but until the nvidia shield console (and maybe not even then) is released android doesn't support all my audio/video formats. I don't want to transcode at all on my lan, because it's a waste and I have three family members pretty frequently transcoding from my server at remote locations. I currently run kodi on an intel g1610 (openelec) htpc and a nexus player. The g1610 is play everything, but the nexus player (and the mk808 b+ that I'm trying out) don't do passthrough audio or all video formats.
I have been happy with Flexraid tRAID. The main site is down right now, but the setup guide is here http://wiki.flexraid...ck-setup-guide/ and there is also an older discussion thread on the difference between tRAID (newer) and RAID-F (old). http://emby.media/community/index.php?/topic/2167-flexraid-transparent-raid-traid-vs-raid-over-file-system-raid-f/
tRAID is realtime parity protection, which isn't backup but gives you the ability to protect against as many drive failures as you have parity disks. The parity disk has to be the largest disk in your array, but they can all be the same size. I have a mismatch of drives
- 6TB parity (HGST)
- 6x 4TB (Seagate, HGST)
- 2x 3TB (Seagate, HGST)
I also have my C: drive (SSD) partitioned to use half for C: (125 GB) and the other half for a tRAID landing disk. With the landing disk, I can write to the pool faster than my scratch (download) disk can send the data. It goes up to about 150 MB/s writes, but I've written a file from the desktop (SSD) just to see it go to 300
Whichever protection method you go with you'll eventually need to add more sata ports if you don't have enough available onboard. The ibm m1015 is a good choice along with the dell perc h210 or h300. They can all be flashed to LSI firmware which will be a very passive way of connecting additional drives to your windows install. Each connected drive will just be in a jbod config and allowed to set however you like in windows disk management, which is what you want for software RAID. Here's a guide for flashing the Dell cards https://techmattr.wo...ing-to-it-mode/ and the 1015 http://www.0x00.to/post/2013/04/07/Flash-IBM-ServeRAID-M1015-to-LSI9211-8i-with-UEFI-mainboard
I will certainly look at the information you have shared here. Thanks. Looks like some useful info.
I really like the NUC devices that Adrian has kindly shared. It is a shame that there is no room for a small PCI-E card then I could plug in my Music Production Soundcard and have an NUC in the living room and my studio with my current PC as the server and make the software and RAID changes which would make it a bit cheaper. I could lost the soundcard but it has got DAC's that are as good as Pro Tools so I can't It would introduce latency issues for me.
Would you share your file and explain how to use it?