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Hardware Thread, Best NAS Box for under 300 (without drives) in Technical; so how would the speed of the a mircosever compare to off the shelf nas box? also how would i ...
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    so how would the speed of the a mircosever compare to off the shelf nas box?

    also how would i be able to access from PS3 and Android and Ipad?
    What price are we talking for a Microserver?

    One more question is what is power comsumtion like compared to offshelf nas box

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    I think it's sad people just want to buy one without building one themselves whilst at the same time gaining valuable experience and knowledge. Looks good on a CV too........
    meh ive built pcs/servers before its hardly rocket science and its usually cheaper to buy pre done esp when microservers usually have cashback

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    Surely if you're using iSCSI then you just let a Windows server publish the iSCSI targets as shares, thereby avoiding the whole AD integration?

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    so can Freenas or Opennas etc do everything i require?
    Last edited by tri_94; 3rd October 2012 at 04:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Surely if you're using iSCSI then you just let a Windows server publish the iSCSI targets as shares, thereby avoiding the whole AD integration?
    Yep you sure do, however I have FreeNAS boxes doing different tasks depending on what office they are in.

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    so what sort of price am i looking at for a mirco server?

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    freenas feature chart Feature Chart

    250 ish before cashback 150 ish with

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    where is the best place to get one with cashback?

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    and i assume that i stream to ps3 and ipad etc from freenas ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tri_94 View Post
    where is the best place to get one with cashback?
    ServersDirect is the cheapest at 115.98 (inc. VAT) after cashback.

    Click here to download a copy of the form you need to fill in.

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    Does that server have onboard raid ? or does freenas do software raid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tri_94 View Post
    and i assume that i stream to ps3 and ipad etc from freenas ?
    How? PS3 is assume uses DLNA so that's no issue (most OS's support it) but what do you mean stream to ipad? What protocol?

    Power wise I'd guestemate a prebuilt NAS and the microserver will be very similar - theres plenty of info on the net. The main thing thing here will be the hard drives, their power consumption and how you set up sleep policies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tri_94 View Post
    Does that server have onboard raid?
    The HP Microserver doesn't have a proper hardware RAID controller. RAID-Z in FreeNAS would be a much better choice, but make sure you buy plenty of RAM (ECC is recommended for ZFS-based NAS's).

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    How? PS3 is assume uses DNLA so that's no issue but what do you mean stream to ipad? What protocol?

    Power wise I'd guestemate a prebuilt NAS and the microserver will be very similar - theres plenty of info on the net. The main thing thing here will be the hard drives, their power consumption and how you set up sleep policies.
    As for the Ipad not sure what protocol? i know its possible to stream music via itunes on a pc. so i assume that must be simlar for videos and pictures. if not i guess if i was to stick itunes on the server if could wireless sync.

    can you suggest how to setup sleep policies?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    The HP Microserver doesn't have a proper hardware RAID controller. RAID-Z in FreeNAS would be a much better choice, but make sure you buy plenty of RAM (ECC is recommended for ZFS-based NAS's).
    sorry whats raid-z ?

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