I am currently working on buying components for a centralized "do-everything" kind of server for our house. Specifically this server will store/host our distributed audio (controlled by static room remotes and with iPhones via software called CasaTunes (http://www.casatunes.com
)), our distributed video (played on a variety of devices, WDTV Live, PCs, laptops...), host our backups, act as a torrentbox, print server and a few other small tasks.
In case it makes a difference, our new house (completion date early next year) has cat5e/cat6 cable just about everywhere and large cable conduits to key places (from our "server room" to my office, and behind both tv/audio set ups).
This is what I have picked out for server hardware thus far:
Mobo: an old MSI P6N-SLI that I have kicking around doing nothing (has two PCIe x16 (x8) slots and a x1)
CPU: Xeon X3220 - I got it cheap second hand and it runs really well
RAM: 4GB DDR2
RAID: Highpoint RocketRaid 3560 - just waiting for it to go on sale, wanted RAID-6 and expandability.http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115067&cm_re=3560-_-16-115-067-_-Product
HDD: 8x SAMSUNG F4-EG 2TB - got them for $80 CDN each (on sale until the end of today with the e-mail flyer), seems like no TLER/head parking issues, only 3 platters, reasonable acoustics and power (as per SPCR)http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245&cm_re=samsung_f4-_-22-152-245-_-Product
Other HDD: 2 x WD 1.5TB EADS, 2 WD 500GB Blacks (have these kicking around, will use for redundant backups)
Case: either Norco 4220 or 4216 (probably the 20)
Audio: CasaTunes audio switcherhttp://www.casatunes.com/xli.html
Video: whatever is cheap, if anything at all
Feel free to make any suggestions on the above as well
There are a few things that I would also like this server to do, but I have never done anything with a server before so I do not not if these things are possible, it they are worth it, or how to do it. I am sure that there are people here with much more experience than I, and who would be able to help.
1) Host our windows 7 profiles - I would like to be able to log into any computer in the house and have the same access to my files/programs/account. Is this possible, or would I have to use something like the new Windows Server when it comes out to accomplish this?
2) Have a separate "host" for the video files - What I would like to happen is it to appear that a separate computer/NAS is hosting these files even though they are on my server. That way on the WD TV Live boxes (which I already own) it would be faster to navigate to the VIDEO share instead of having to navigate to SERVER-MEDIA-VIDEOS. I hope that makes sense.
3) Host my outlook calendar. Currently I have a convoluted scheme of syncing my desktop outlook calendar with my laptop and with my iphone. This involves using a dummy google account calendar and syncing them all together. It would be nice if I could host my own personal data within my walls. I think this would be setting up an exchange server?
Thanks in advance if you have any ideas!!