Evening everyone. With the holidays here I decided to update my home server and transition some of the computing tasks in the house over to virtualization. I'm open to any advice you may offer and do have some questions. I don't have any training/knowledge beyond using Ubuntu Linux as a secondary OS for trying it out and gaming. My goal is to be open with my build log, successes, and failures. A while back I used a spare computer and some extra drives for Windows Home Server 2011. Then I transitioned to FreeNAS so that my wife, who uses only Apple Hardware, would be able to access and backup files. This led to concerns about the reliability of our data with old drives and a re-purposed desktop (those FreeNAS forums make it sound like a sneeze will corrupt your data). So I've been transitioning to workstation/server grade hardware with the goal of improving our storage, virtualizing a Steam Machine & possibly PLEX for the house, as well as a personal goal of a remotely accessing a VM while away. My family exchanged gifts early this year so I'm putting on some finishing touches in the coming weeks. Supermicro X9SCM-F Intel G2030 2 x 4GB Samsung ECC DDR3 1333 Rosewill RSV L4500 Chassis 4 x 2TB HGST A7K2000 Ultrastar Drives Miscellaneous extra drives for scratch disks Dell PERC H310 flashed to 9211-8i IT p20 I really liked the build quality of this, but mostly because it was sturdier than many towers I've worked in. Room for 15 Drives and plenty of space Not the best routing but those 4-pin Molex cords were inconvenient Ready to close up, for now. Some things I learned today. IPMI is fantastic! G2030 will need to be replaced quickly 8gb of RAM will not be enough Flashing the H310 was easier than I expected, thanks TechMattr! Breakout cables are directional, forward breakout cables on order Unmanaged switches aren't that useful, need to find a managed one for teaming Now I have some questions. 16gb or 32gb of RAM UnRaid or ESXi E3-1220v2, E3-1240v2, or go crazy E3-1270v2 PFsense for home networking?