Posts by crashtest

    seems a bit odd my phone can hardware decode x265 files has a snapdragon 765g cpu and that will play 40gb + sized 4k blue ray rips happily if they are stored on the internal storage in kodi vlc & mx player if i try to play the same files over wifi they get a bit choppy but that is to be expected.

    When you say "decode", I think you're talking about "transcoding". Transcoding means "converting" video file formats on the fly. Phones don't transcode very well.

    If the video file is in a format the phone understands natively, there's no need to transcode. In that case, when using a video file format that's native to the phone, the server is simply spooling the video file to the device. (No conversion required.)

    If the user is experiencing problems with spooling video files, either something is wrong with the wireless connection between devices or there's a source of radio interference in the car. Perhaps a place to start testing is indoors, before moving the devices to a car.

    . I flash the SD Card for Raspbian on my Mac, but beforehand I place an "ssh" and wpa_supplicant.conf file in the /boot partition

    You don't want to do that if you can avoid it. It's best to configure the R-PI using SSH with a wired connection.

    After the OMV install is complete, configure the wireless interface in OMV's GUI. (That's part of the installation process in the guide.) After wireless is configured, you can move the R-PI to where ever you want it.

    OK, let's go back to the original question:

    Installation to a laptop?

    I'm wondering if anyone has experience installing OMV to a laptop?

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    Then people on the forum take the time to answer your question (where they obviously don't have to) and that's answered with the following?

    What is lame is when people think they know what is best for others.

    Remember, you asked the question.
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    This forum is, mostly, for assisting PC novices and intermediate users who are having problems or lack the knowledge to perform a specific task. When a simple question is asked, that's covered in the User Guide, the assumption is that the user is a novice or (take note) they could figure it out for themselves.

    With that said, if the following is true (20 years), what happened in your case? (That's a rhetorical question.)


    I've been configuring servers in my home for 20 years, and the whole time I just grit my teeth and I'm not any more when some arrogant jerk thinks he knows what is best for the world because he has a bunch of internet points so he's going to tell everyone how to configure their servers.

    An OMV build is 15 to 20 minutes - easy. Build OMV on a thumbdrive, and your Laptop question is answered without even disturbing the boot drive. But I suppose it's even easier to post a rudimentary question, thereafter "gritting your teeth" because forum users aren't gifted enough to divine your 20 years of experience.

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    In the bottom line, as asked, the original question has been answered. Since there's no place for this thread to go, that's good, and very little to be learned by the casual reader, this tread is closed.

    If you're looking for more ports and have a case that can handle extra drives a full length card, this thread -> Cheap HBA's might be of interest. Note that flashing a RAID card to IT mode is not for the feint of heart. On the other hand, some cards can be had on E-bay, preflashed.

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    If you're worried about ports, you might consider building OMV on a thumbdrive. It works fine. Here's a link to -> the process.

    Can I simply plug my current system hdd into the newboard or do you recommend a complete new installation of OMV

    You could try it and it might work, but don't expect it to. To be sure about the final result, I would rebuild.

    If using a prebuilt harddrive, a number of things may change with another board; the Ethernet port name, data drive assignments (potentially - depends on your version of OMV) and other details. A clean rebuilding is the best approach.

    The problem seems to be, "viewing pictures" doesn't require spooling much data from a hard drive and there's not much in CPU utilization.
    That leaves you to hunt for the right settings.

    In General Settings:
    You might increase the number of cycles to 8 (I'd try this first)

    In Supervision Configuration:
    You might reduce the default HDDIO rate.

    While monitoring the server with HTOP or something similar, look at the level of CPU activity generated by viewing pictures. With that information in hand, consider activating and setting the Load Average.

    When I used Watchtower, I shut it down. Once in awhile (after imaging my boot drive) I fired up Watchtower to auto update my containers, where I verified that all updated containers were working properly.

    In the bottom line, when I used Watchtower, I never trusted it on autopilot.

    I don't want to buy and sell one every three years when I need to upgrade.

    If a monitor is needed, I use a client monitor. I wouldn't buy one

    you are projecting your own use case and highly subjective opinions into my scenario, and it doesn't seem necessary or useful to my question.

    What were you expecting? While dated, my experience comes from a good bit of IT (admin) and networking background. Further, while all opinions are subjective, labeling good practices as "highly subjective" is a stretch.

    But, you're the judge of what is useful to your question. Good luck with that.

    Without editing config.xml:

    The key is on the drive line under Referenced = Yes.

    Services and or shares were still configured for the missing drive. Deleting the services or shares (or redirecting them to a backup drive) would have resulted in Referenced = No, which allows the drive to be deleted.

    a spare LCD hanging around for server maintenance,

    A monitor is not needed after the build. Maintenance can be done without a monitor, by SSH. In fact, I've built USB thumbdrives on a client and transferred them to the box intended to be a server.

    Well, I suppose if you forever are happy with a large heavy metal box some place


    My metal boxes are in a closet. I put Cat5 and power in the closet and done. A closet or a basement is an ideal location for a server.

    I'm wondering if anyone has experience installing OMV to a laptop?

    I've done it. The limiting factor becomes the bandwidth available, in the version of USB port available. USB2.X is too slow. USB3.0 is OK'ish but still bandwidth is restricted. USB3.1 and up is OK but if using multiple drives there are bandwidth contention issues between drives. This also means some kind of external drive dock, drive enclosure, or USB hub is required. That means extra power supplies are involved (that do not have an UPS) and they tend to be those cheap black consumer cubes with questionable spec's, that have few to no protections for the devices they power.

    In the sum total, in my opinion, a micro or mini-server with roughly equal bandwidth to all drives (using SATA / SAS ports), with a decent power supply, and an UPS is the way to go.

    I agree.

    When using Windows Home Server, after being abandoned by M$, I went looking for a good open source replacement. I found OMV and was simply amazed at what it could do, out of the box, AND at the smorgasbord of add-on's that would have cost a small fortune in the M$ environment. I too was amazed that it was free. (I donate to support the project from time to time but still come out far, far ahead.)

    The bonus is, hardware requirements for Linux and OMV's GUI are so light, the PC's resources are applied to what they should be used for, server functions, not a bloated GUI.