Mar 10, 2017

My new server, what do I do with it?

I have my home server (Server 7) running now. I am unsure exactly what it's function will be in my home, it is a bit confusing to me still. I know what it's potential is; storage for backups & files, hosting a "family" web site, media server & many other things as well. There are a few problems with these options, though.

Since I was confused as to the role of my server & since it will probably be re-purposed soon anyway, I decideid on a "chaotic" theme. Running paint, misaligned letters & crackled paint are a few of the "problems" with my case design. I plan on doing some more to it to enhance the look.

Problem #1
The basic fact is that I do most of my computing in the cloud, I just don't keep a lot of local files anymore. I use a Roku box for entertainment loaded with: Hulu, Netflix & Amazon Video. This takes care of most of my entertainment. I also have Google Docs as well as several online "Drop Box like" services for file storage. I do have a LOT of DVD's that are ripped onto a media drive, that leads to...

Problem #2
I own a lot of DVD movies & have copies stored on a "media" drive. Problem here is that I ripped them a while back, before I needed HD playback so they are all low res rip's. So now I need to rip them all again in higher resolution, but the new Handbrake will not rip them due to copy protection. So, for now I'm stuck with low res movies.

Problem #3
"Failure is eminent!" The components I used in this build are old,  this server is going on 8 years old. Everything fails at some point & for backup or server drives I would really like to have new hardware. I don't want to put a lot of trust in such an old system. Plus I have an Apple Time Capsule for my everyday file backups.

So there it is, after all this time building computers, I finally have a server. It works too, I watched the "Matrix" on my Roku box off of Server 7 today & watching it made me realize just how complex that movie is. but that is another story...

Server 7 settings:

  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Intel Core i3 - 3.07 Ghz
  • 4 GB ram + 4 GB USB Boost
  • Nvidia GeForce GT330
  • 2.5 TB storage
  • !000 ethernet + WiFi
  • 3x eSata ports
Just about a week after Server 7 went online the mobo has gone to crap. It's randomly restarting and/or powering down. Not the power supply, I checked another one, so there it is. One week & it takes a dump. :P

I just got a new Segate 2TB cloud drive on clearance from Amazon to put my media on. I'll review it later.
R.I.P. Server 7, I barely new ya!

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