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In my consulting business I need to have backup of a lot of data. My own data I backup to AWS. But for various reasons I can't backup customer data to public clouds, and I have quite a lot of this data. My old solution was WD NAS, but it died. I looked around for alternatives and UnRAID looked exactly what I need. In addition to being NAS and supporting various backup protocols it is also Docker containers host and VMs host, including VMs requiring hardware pass through. So I build a server for it. I only used parts that I already had available, so some part choices may not make sense. I'm still in a process of setting all the software up, so far everything is going smoothly.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 5 points

your trying to say you have 15 ssd's in here?

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

Actually 16 SSDs, 6 SATA and 10 M.2 NVME.

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

No, 16 disks each 2TB is 32TB of storage.

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

This comes to mind....

Are you telling me you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?" Doc: "The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. I'm not sure why a NAS server needs a beefy GPU, a fancy case, and a light show with water pipes. Normally they run in a rack tower in some basement. But I guess it can serve as a decorative piece.

Also at this price point, it may have been worth it to consider enterprise SSDs and a proper server platform with a UPC battery and all the extra jazz for reliability. But hey, if desktop platform comes out cheaper, maybe it makes more sense.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I have this question too. Is it your personal rig too? Gaming, etc?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

No, not for gaming. But I plan to run up to 8-10 containers and/or VMs on it, in addition to being NAS and backup server. That is why I need powerful CPU and a lot of RAM. I will have a VM that needs fast GPU passed through as well. There is a second x1 GPU (Nvidia 710) which will act as a console in this case. All my systems run off good UPSs. Building or buying equivalent enterprise class server is significantly more expensive.

Water cooling is just a hobby of mine so I build custom loops for all my systems. They also run significantly cooler and quieter than on-air or even AIO rigs. Light show is completely unnecessary of cause so I actually have all lights off, just turned them on for photos.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, it looks great. You've done a good job. It's interesting that unraid is allowing you to create virtual machines. I knew it was a NAS os, but apparently it's also a type 1 hypervisor. Looking at the docs, it looks like it's being shipped with standard KVM you'd find in most linux distributions. This alone makes it more useful than FreeNas imo.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, they use KVM.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a feature waiting to happen.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

This whole thing is phenomenal. I've been dreaming of something like this for years. How many VMs are you planning to have run off this thing?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Between containers and VMs I hope to have around 8 or 10.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

My goodness! This is insane. Am curious why you did not go for 8tb hdd.

  • 6 months ago
  • 0 points

I may be wrong, but my understanding is that OP is running a form of RAID, and in RAID, you typically have a copy of the data on another drive, in case the first drive fails. The less drives you have, the higher probabality that all drives fail at the same time.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

That it definitely correct. Also I had bad experience with rotating drives, the failure rate is high. That is why I'm trying to go all SSDs.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Jezus

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thumbs up

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious as to why you chose the RX VEGA 64 and not a different GPU?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

II had plans to build hackintosh and new that Vega is compatible. I ended up not building it but already bought this GPU. For this build I will need powerful GPU for one of the VMs and just use what I already had,

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for build! -1 for not showing entire set up!😡 why does everyone only upload a couple of pictures? More pictures please!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

You are right, Just being lazy. Will correct it with new pictures icouples of days.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Did everything to avoid bending those tubes huh? Good man. lol

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Color me impressed. Nice build man.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Could I get a dumbed down explanation of why you built this? Its a beautiful build though.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

How do you have your unraid configured? cache? pool? unassigned drives?

The reason I ask is that I did something similar, on a much smaller scale. 2ea Enterprise SAS SSD 7.68TB for cache (all folders are on this setup) 1ea Enterprise SAS SSD 6.4TB main array parity drive. 6ea 6tb 7200 rpm drives in the main array (nightly backup of the cache drives) 3ea 2tb NVME drives (VMs, testing, whatever) 9x3tb drives in a Raidz1x3 array (remote storage for monthly backups)

  • 6 months ago
  • -1 points

ngl its looks amazing but at the same time its insanely overkill for a server but your money not mine :)

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