New Plex Setup

30. May 2019 11:17 by Cameron in   //  Tags: ,   //   Comments

Last year, I bought a a Synlogy DS918+ and 4x4TB Seagate Ironwolf NAS drives. My plan was to use this NAS for Plex and upgrade the storage as needed. However, I am quickly running out of space (2TB free of 12TB) and the time that it takes to re-calculate parity when swapping drives is enormous. An option with this NAS is to add an external addon for an additional 5 drives, but this enclosure is $500 and too expensive for a proprietary solution. Another issue is the CPU power is limited when trying to stream to multiple devices or transcode to a mobile device's Plex library. In comes my new plan. Build a new server using old parts (HP enterprise hardware) which can act as a NAS and Plex server.

A few years ago, I purchased an HPE Proliant DL380 G6 from a local computer recycling company. This server is a capable machine with two Xeon X5650 CPUs, 72GB of RAM and a variety of HDD/SSDs. I bought this server to act as a web server/application server. I have this server deployed in a local colocation center so I can access the server anywhere in the world. Now, in 2019, I have returned to this same idea, but for a more dedicated purpose: NAS and Plex. This server will be hosted in my house so I can get the best speeds and not worry if the Internet is offline.

The new server I bought is also an HPE Proliant DL380, but it is G7. I bought it from the same computer recycling company as before. My initial setup includes two Xeon X5660 CPUs, 48GB of RAM, 1x240GB SSD, 5x5TB Seagate Barracuda HDDs, and an Nvidia Quadro P400. With this setup, I plan to install Windows Server 2019 DataCenter to the SSD and create a RAID 5 array of the 5TB drives, leaving me 20TB of usable space on the array. The Quadro P400 is mainly for entry level H.265 transcoding so I don't need to maintain both the 4K and 1080p copies of my video library. I may see about getting a Quadro P2000 or better later down the line if the need arises. With this server configuration, it has two drive bays capable of holding 8 2.5" drives. This will allow for expansion for two more 5x5TB RAID 5 arrays down the line.

For my Synology, I will move all of the video related items to my HP Proliant DL380 G7 and use the Synlogy as a personal file sharing NAS for family and friends.

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