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    Raid Card or ZFS?

    So while this does NOT replace backups. ZFS does have a neat feature that can give your data even more safety. Snapshots, ZFS is a copy-on-write filesystem which gives you basically performance free snapshots (you must enable it). So if you do regular snapshots and get affected by a ransom...
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    Hardest component to pick in a massive Home Storage Solution

    I would not disable the fans, backplane sure but fans not sure about.
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    Hardest component to pick in a massive Home Storage Solution

    Interesting that your chassis did not get shipped on a pallet. My Supermicro was shipped on pallet and yes it is heavy. I actually had to ship it to my office since the shipper required truck dock. I got it home in a pickup. As for the holes, you do not want to modify them most likely they...
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    Hardest component to pick in a massive Home Storage Solution

    A good redundant PSU and the backplane are not exactly cheap. The PSU will run you around $500 by itself easily. Backplane though should not be more than $100 at most. So that gets you within $400.
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    Hardest component to pick in a massive Home Storage Solution

    I would stay away from NORCO. They are much cheaper for a very good reason. I love my Supermicro and considered the NORCO for a while before deciding on the Supermicro. Biggest factors for me was I want redunandant PSU and the Supermicro comes with it, NORCO did not and that alone brought the...
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    Issues with Unfi UAP-PRO-AC

    So to my surprise Unifying Solution the company I ordered mine from got back to me and already shipped a replacement unit and provided a return label. Gotta say I love that response time for Christmas Eve, would have totally been fine with them getting back with me on Monday.
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    Issues with Unfi UAP-PRO-AC

    Yep after another 30 minutes I packed it up and sent an email out to get an rma. Being Christmas Eve I do not expect it to get a response until next week. You ever get success with unifi? I may just ask for a refund and go a different route.
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    Issues with Unfi UAP-PRO-AC

    Just picked up a Unfi UAP-PRO-AC. So far not very impressed with it. My aging Cisco WAP4410 while not liked by many has run perfectly (albeit slow for an N AP) without issues for years. Wanting to upgrade to both 5Ghz and AC I decided on this device since Unifi seems highly rated. So far...
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    Raid-1 Raid-10 Questions

    This is a consumer software raid solution and I have never seen those as being all that great. You probably better off with no RAID than that for stability. If you want RAID1 level storage and do not want to get a proper raid controller then I would just do it in the OS and leave those...
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    Raid-1 Raid-10 Questions

    Running two SAS 9207-9i cards with dual E5 CPU and 96GB RAM so yeah not really a home computer.
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    Raid-1 Raid-10 Questions

    3-way mirror is possible with all 3 drives active, not hot spare. And you can have as many disks in a 10 as you like. I am currently running 14 disks in a 10 array.
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    Is there some new kind of DHCP ? What's going on here ?

    Another solution is check the ISP support, they may have an automated way to reset your assigned MAC on your account. Or you may have to call support and have them do it.
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    Ethernet cabling in new house? Shielding, Cat 5/6/7/fiber?

    I used both pull string and fish tape. Had to use fish tape once the pull string got too tangled.
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    Ethernet cabling in new house? Shielding, Cat 5/6/7/fiber?

    Have you actually run cable through it after the fact? I have an it is not good, I ended up cutting a hole at the very gradual bend to pull the cable through. It was actually 2 45 degree bends separated by about 1 foot. After a few pulls it was worthless. Note it was 2" smooth conduit
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    Ethernet cabling in new house? Shielding, Cat 5/6/7/fiber?

    Everyone says put conduit it you can pull cable later. Great advice if you follow 1 rule, all conduit must be straight, no turns at all. If you need a turn you need a junction box to pull through. Reason for this is once you add a couple of cables you will not be able to pull anything through...
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    Ethernet cabling in new house? Shielding, Cat 5/6/7/fiber?

    To say 1Gbps is more than fast enough is not true for everyone. I currently saturate 2 1Gbps bonded connections and could easily use more bandwidth between my workstation and fileserver. But that is were you need to determine your requirements. Me I wired Cat6 and when I can get the cash...
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    HGST NAS 5/6TB on the way

    Ah but even if you do not upgrade your network to 10G (still too expensive). SMB3.0 now supports multipath which in my testing works really well and you can link multiple gigabit links to your file server and get more than gigabit speed.
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    Plan to wire entire house with ethernet - Few questions, mainly regarding the switch

    Don't mix CAT6A gear with CAT6 wire it wont crimp properly. If you are pulling wire and most of your locations you are pulling 2 wires I highly recommend buying 2 boxes so you can pull 2 wires at once. It will make life so much easier and really the cost of the wire is so cheap compared to...
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    Wall-Mounted UPS: Why so hard to find??

    If AT&T dictates that you use their media convertor then you need to contact them and demand they provide a UPS solution. I bet if you do that you will find they will accommodate you providing the media convertor.
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    Was the cable tech full of it?

    Most consumer routers use a power brick power supply. Most of these are designed not to require ground. He is right about making sure the cable connections are properly grounded but way off base on the router needing to be grounded if the router was built without grounding.
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    Large JBOD chassis without a backplane?

    Backplanes should not be a failure point to worry about. Norco makes shitty gear plan an simple and this is why you hear of such issues.
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    R9 295X2 to be on sale at as low as $999

    First we must compare in one currency, doing anything else is pointless. Not far off != same Also 2 290s will be louder than the 295x2
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    Future Tech

    The nail in plasmas coffin was 4k, not led per se. There is no economical way to produce a 4k plasma display.
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    R9 295X2 to be on sale at as low as $999

    Well two 290s is not the same performance. :rolleyes:
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    R9 295X2 to be on sale at as low as $999

    How can you get 2 290X for less than $1000? Plus you wont get the much quieter AIO water cooler solution.
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    Best 290x for crossfire

    Sapphire
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    Best 290x for crossfire

    Picked up the 295x2 at $999. Pretty much a no brainier at that price.
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    R9 295X2 to be on sale at as low as $999

    Question regarding the AIO cooler on these guys. Where do most people mount that in the case? It seems like the best spot on most cases is the fan just above the expansion slots but it seems in most that would interfere with the motherboard and or CPU cooler. The other option in most cases...
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    Best 290x for crossfire

    Okay so think it we misunderstood. So I want to get a pair of 290X and I do not want to repeat the issue I had with the 7970s (XFX) that I had. The non-reference design of the coolers on those 7970s worked great when they were solo but if you paired them the upper card would roast. So not...
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    Best 290x for crossfire

    Hmm, the sale may peak my interest. I liked the idea of the 295x2 just not the price premium. The case I have is the Fractal Design Define XL R2
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    Best 290x for crossfire

    I made a mistake with my choice of video cards with the 7970 in that its cooling solution was very poor when in an crossfire setup (it was not a reference design). To avoid that I am wondering which 290x card would better suit my needs in a crossfire setup. Also I have not decided yet whether...
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    To use ZIL or not to use ZIL?

    Thanks guys for the clarification.
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    To use ZIL or not to use ZIL?

    Not from my understanding that if your dedicated ZIL dies you lose those writes. There is no other ZIL when you have a dedicated ZIL.
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    To use ZIL or not to use ZIL?

    Note you would want to mirror your ZIL device for added protection. If you loose the ZIL all uncommited writes will be lost as well.
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    To use ZIL or not to use ZIL?

    My understanding with performance on a ZIL that the biggest factor that will hurt you is latency. So I am not sure striping would help either, most likely it would hurt. Since most SSDs are designed around SATA interface latency is not the top most concern for them since the memory latency far...
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    Thought I'd share my sadness

    I do not have personally experience with Norco but when I was researching a case for my rack mount build I initially was drawn to Norco cause it seemed to fit the bill for features and price for me. But after reading so many stories of quality control as exampled in this thread I decided to go...
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    Fast connection, slow downloads

    Good point!
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    Fast connection, slow downloads

    Well if you ignore the speedtest, it almost looks like someone is do link-bonding to provide the connection which is why a single PC only gets 100 but multiple aggregate get more.
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    USB Encryption

    Instead of using passwords for bitlocker, couldn't you use your AD user certificate? I assume you are using windows network and have a windows certificate server. Personnaly I have not done this but curious if this is possible?
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    Which ZFS layout would you use for the following, and why?

    Also meant to add with his math mirrored vdevs offer the best "% total drives can fail" of 50% :). As long as the right 50% fail.
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