Hardware for Server running WHS 2011, TVServer, ExchangeServer and being a NAS

MrCrabs

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Hello community,

I am thinking about setting up a homeserver running on WHS 2011 as OS. It should also be my TVServer, maybe ExchangeServer later on and should be a good NAS for my HTPC being a client then and maybe more clients in the future. I am also interested in using it for some homeautomation activities. As a NAS it should be able to connect to many HDDs as I would like to run three or more in RAID5.
As I am totaly new to running servers and I don't have no clue what power it needs where (more CPU or more RAM?). Since the system might run 24/7 in the future it should not be too powerhungry.
What might be a possible setup? What are the most fragile parts that might lower performance and where should I not put too much effort into? I am happy about any info!
Thank you!
 

flintstone99
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    AW: Re: Hardware for Server running WHS 2011, TVServer, ExchangeServer and being a NA

    Hi,

    while I am running WHS V1 and not the 2011 one, my server specs should work for you too.
    I have hmailserver running on thatbox, 3HDDs connected with more SATA ports available, 1PCIe dual DVB S TVcard and a USB DVB S2 card.
    Serves as a file server ("NAS") and usually is far below 15% CPU load. Actually 15%peaks occur only when I stream a HD channel to one client and another SD stream to another client. The driveextendermigrator services causes a lot more load, but you do not have that on WHS 2011.
    Nowadays there is the E-450 but I read that improvements are mostly on the graphics side which you will not need at all in a server. the 2GB RAM is totally sufficient for me.
    See the specs in the signature and the "MY System" link

    regards
    flintstone
     

    bwg

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    Hi. I am also starting to look at building a home server that will run MP TV server to feed 2 clients, and am interested in whether MP / TV server will install and run ok on WHS 2011 (since it is officially "unsupported"). I have a Hauppauge HVR-2200 pci-e card. Let me know your experience!
     

    hafblade

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    At the moment I am also thinking about a WHS system for my new home. :)

    Due to the fact that I love building my own pcs I first thought of
    1) Using my normal pc as server and buying a new fancy one as my new standard pc :D
    2) Buying some i3 + 4gb ram + 6-sata / usb3 / 2xGigabit LAN server

    But after some further thougths I came to some completely build whs servers which do really have compatible hardware and support like this one:
    http://www.chiligreen.com/shop/produkte.asp?typ=275

    If you are able to read german you could also look here:
    http://www.home-server-blog.de/2011/11/07/im-test-chiligreen-advance-home-server-energieverbrauch-performance-und-fazit-teil-3/
    http://www.home-server-blog.de/hardware/

    The completely out of the box systems have the ability to be calm, low power consuming (chili green <50w) and they have support which I could possibly not achieve when building the system on my own.

    The nice thing about whs 2011 is that you do everything over remote and an on-cpu-graphic should be enough to install it.

    pros prebuild system:
    - support
    - ready to go
    - most time calmer then own system
    - low power consumption

    cons:
    - nothing to tinker :p
    - perhaps not all ports (usb3 esata) which I would like

    That's all I suppose. So a prebuild system would be sooo bad.
     

    hafblade

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    Yes you are right. I'm using one pci and three usb cards so I would loose perhaps one which is not so hard for me but it's really one no go when you have a larger amount of tv cards.

    But what I wanted to say is that it could be a good idea also to look for prebuild systems instead of building some own systems.
     

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