Posts by Eryan

    You could use a Fitlet with a m-sata ssd. I use it for my router but it would be great for your project especially the silent part. Everything except for the drive for $300. Is quad core with four intel gigabit network ports.


    That is a nice piece of hardware! I assume that it might be able work as OMV machine, switch and router with the right software.

    If the memory doesn't fail me, that might be an issue with your browser. Your server is reachable (PuTTY works). So, I would suggest to try to access the WebGui with another browser/device or, if that's not possible, clear the cookies of your browser and try again.


    If that does not work do the basic troubleshooting: restart the server and give it a go.


    If that still doesn't work, run OMV first aid from the command line and try to repair the WebGui from there.

    I use Midnight Commander and find it really good. It is not a "drag and drop" type file manager, but the interface is relatively friendly and allows you to modify your files with ease. It has mouse support and the typical menus you would expect, and a nice old school color scheme! If you want to know how it looks like, take a look here. If you want to install it, you need to execute the following command thru a SSH session:


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    apt-get install mc


    To run the application, run the following command:


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    mc

    Did you changed something in the configuration of your router? Check there first to see if your OMV has a valid IP address. Then, if you can't access it from the network, can you maybe try to access it directly? That is, plug a monitor and a keyboard to your OMV server and check if SSH is running and try to deactivate the FTP and WebDav plugins. I really doubt that the data is gone, don't worry.

    It is not possible to use a 3.5'' HDD with the Optiplex. It supports 2.5'' drives only (there is no way to make a 3.5'' drive fit in there :P ). The 3.5'' drives require 12 V to work, whilst the 2.5'' only 5 V, and the mainboard of the Optiplex provides only 5 V.


    The only way you could use the 3.5'' drives is with an external enclosure (and its respective additional power supply).

    If you check my build (below in my signature), you can see that my server is quite compact and there is not a lot of space. The SSD remains around 35 °C, which is far from being dangerous. Since you are using 2.5'' drives already, I would guess that the difference in temperature using a SSD will be really small. You usually go with the SSD for 1. Speed and 2. No noise.


    n the other hand, I am no fan of having OS and data in the same drive. Although it is possible to do (and many people actually do it), I rather having all my data in a separated drive. If the OS gets damaged or corrupted, I can simply change the OS drive and restore the system from a back up, while the data drives remain intact. Therefore, I would not recommend using a mechanical drive for OS + data.

    I am using the same Kingston SSDNow S200 30 GB in my build and couldn't be happier. Y paid 30€ for it and have been running strong for several months now. I really doubt that the SSD will fail after a couple of years. The SSD in my main computer (a Samsung 830 Series) have been running for the last 4 years, and is still going. If the longevity of the SSD is a concern for you, you can always install the flash plug-in to reduce the amount of writes to the SSD. I cannot say how much of a performance boost an SSD will mean, but based on the results I've got with the other computers I use (which have SSD as boot drive), I would say that the SSD is always a good way to go. Finally, the SSDs are silent and more power efficient.

    Hi, and welcome to the forum


    You can use the flash plugin to install to a USB, although it is better to install to a HDD or SSD. Does it mean that the USB will last years? It depends on several things: is the USB old? Is it an El-Cheapo brand or not? Performance-wise, it should be better if you use a HDD (specially if you are using USB 2.0). If the mechanical drives that you have are still good and you have enough SATA ports in your MOBO, then I would suggest a HDD installation.

    What kind of files are you trying to move? It will make a difference is you are trying to move small files or a big one. Make a couple of test using this tool to check the read/write speeds from and to your NAS.


    Both SMB speeds and copy/paste natively on the drive is slow as sin


    It never left the drive, even if I'm using a SMB share to access it.


    So, let me see if I get it right: you are moving a file within the same HDD in your NAS? If that is the case, are you using a file manager in your NAS to move the file (like Midnight Commander) or are you doing it from a client PC (that is, Samba share in another computer)? In that case, if you are moving files using a client computer of course you'll have a throttle in the speed because your HDD has to read the file, push it to the client PC and then get it back from the client PC and write it back. I had the issue myself: I moved large movie files from the download folder to the movie folder (both shares in my NAS). If I do it thru my Windows PC it takes ages (both with Gigabit LAN and 300 Mbps 5 GHz WLan), but if I do it with a file manager within the NAS (like Midnight Commander), the speed is far better.

    For the clients outside of your home network, chances are that Plex will transcode depending your the internet upload bandwidth. Plex does not transcode to use less data, it will simply transcode to provide the best possible audio/video quality. In this case, I believe the limiting factor is not only the client, but your maximum upload bandwidth (please somebody correct me if I am wrong, as I don't stream audio/video outside of my home network). Be aware that to stream over the internet you have to pay (for both Plex and Emby), and I am not really sure if you can use Kodi as front end. In that case, I think you need to use the Plex/Emby client in the computers outside your home network.


    Inside of your home network, Plex will transcode only if the media format is not supported by the client.

    Transcoding basically means that the server will convert your media files on the fly to whatever format the clients require. Transcoding is a CPU intensive task, and to transcode a 1080p video you need a CPU with a passmark of circa 2000. Transcoding becomes necessary if the clients are, for example, a chromecast. It natively support a handful of formats, meaning that if you have a video in a format incompatible with your chromecast, your server will convert it to a compatible one.


    Now, if your clients are PCs running Kodi (or anything running Kodi) they can natively play any format that you throw at them because Kodi has its own codecs. That way, your server never has to transcode, and you don't need a powerful CPU.

    My apologies. It seems that I am a little outdated regarding the AM1 platform. I read this a few weeks ago (I was thinking about replacing my current server for a Athlon 5350 based one), and I was not aware about the AM4 platform. Then, go for the J1900. As said, if your clients are going to be running Kodi, transcoding is not an issue for you and any of the CPUs will be fine. I run my OMV with a (severely outdated) Atom 330 with Kodi clients and several other stuff, and surprisingly it has enough muscle to do the job.

    The problem is the pci port whitelist of your computer. Many of this brand-pc (HP, Dell, etc) use a whitelist to allow only certain hardware to be installed in the pci-e port (I made the experience with a HP dc 7800). It is hard coded in the bios and although it is possible to modify it, doing so requires a modified Bios.

    It is a matter of taste. The J1900-based mobos are really nice, but they have a big "but": you can't replace the CPU. Therefore, if at some point you will want to upgrade, you'll end up having to replace not only your CPU, but also the mobo. In the other hand, AFAIK AMD will release new AM1 based CPUs this year, and perhaps there will be a couple of more powerful options.


    Regarding transcoding, you mentioned that your media clients are PCs running Kodi + Emby/Plex addon. That means that you don't need transcoding at all! Being that the case, I'll go for the AM1 since I personally find it a little bit more "future proof" (I may be also a little biased because here in Germany the prices for the Athlon based solution are considerably lower than the Intel based ones, and I am an AMD fan :D ).

    It seems that Plex was the one keeping the HDD awake. I disabled the service 2 days ago, and now the HDD is spinning down as expexted. I'll move Plex to the RAM also and see how it works.