First time posting here, although I've been following several threads for some months.
First, I'm migrating my WHS 2003 servers to FreeNAS 8.04.
I have 2 servers (both are the TranquilPC SQA-5H) which are based on Intel Motherboards with Atom 330 and 2GB RAM and SIIL 3124 Sata cards and Networked on a Gigabit Apple Extreme.
Server 1 has 1 TB + 4x 2TB disks plus an external enclosure connected by eSATA with 5x 2TB disks.
Server 2 has 1 TB + 4x 2TB disk2 plus an external enclosure connected by eSATA with 4x 1TB disks.
All disks are WD Green varying between EADS and EARS drives. As I bought the disks in pairs at different occasions I believe I'm quite safe with these.
At the moment what I'm storing in these servers are the collections of all my CD's (1500+) in Flac format, and all my DVD's (2000+) as ISO's, and also all my digital photos (since 1996) and a great number of scanned photos, and a large number of copies of miniDV tapes.
Also I have a very large iTunes library, with a transcoded copy of the music and and videos, suitable to use on the AppleTV and other iDevices…..
I've already migrated one server to FreeNAS 8.04 and I've followed this procedure:
Created 2 USB pens with FreeNAS 8.04 so that I could boot the servers from these and use all the disk for data.
First, I tried to consolidate all data on the fewest disks possible on the WHS boxes so that I could have at least 5 disks free for the first FreeNAS server.
What I'm trying to do is to have FreeNAS server 1 with 2 volumes on RAIDZ1 each, Volume 1 with all the internal disks (5x2TB) and Volume 2 (5x1TB) with all the external disks, and on FreeNAS server 2 also with 2 volumes on RAIDZ1 each with internal disks (5x2TB) and external disks (4x2TB)
Sidenote: Before going for FreeNAS I've tested Windows Server 8 Beta running from an USB pen(16GB), because I believe that the Storage Spaces approach is much more versatile than the current implementation of ZFS (adding or removing disks at any time and creating the volumes as RAID, Mirror2 or Mirror3 on top of the Storage space), but after a few days of testing I gave up, because the system is slow as molasses if running with the GUI, and running from powershell is a pain in the……. , and could only have SMB shares, and one of the reasons I considered moving out from the WHS 2003 was to have a more friendly environment for iDevices (AFP).
At the moment I'm finishing the transfer of data to my first FreeNAS server and I would like your opinion about the performance I'm getting from the system, because I see that everyone around here is using quite powerful systems compared to my humble Atom powered servers (and the 2GB RAM), so I'm adding some screenshots from the the Reporting Screen taken while the server was being filled from 2 different PC's.
Also, any advice on settings or changes in the configuration are welcome and desired (I've already "hacked" the Gigantic Banner )
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