[Official] serverbuilds.net CARE PACKAGE GIVEAWAY (pfSense + more) - ends 1/1/21

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This guide about WireGuard has been my favorite post. I have come back to it time and time again, @Sparky did a wonderful job with it and I was quite intimidated by it to start with. However when finishing that guide (and following it step by step) I felt way more confident and can now set up WireGuard without issues! It’s truly amazing the wealth of knowledge in the forums and I am just so thankful that I have somewhere to turn when it seems like I can’t get something figured out.

This may be my first time posting here but I have been following you guys for awhile. Thank you for doing the giveaway @JDM_WAAAT and Merry Christmas to you!

Oh and my preference for an item would be either the A10 or the Keyboard, thanks again!

The A10 and keyboard are part of the same package!

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IPMI fan sensors disabled. Rejoice indeed.

I selected this post because it is a solution to a problem that persisted in an otherwise excellent build. Scripting an hourly clear of the event logs was limiting my ability to detect actual errors. I’ve now put together a raspberry pi syslog server to track errors and improve my system’s reliability.

Package 1, it’s time to add pfSense to my network… or a PLEX Quicksync box… hmmmm.

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Well that just makes it all the better! Thanks for the clarification on that! I also appreciate you editing my post, I didn’t even catch it… you’re fantastic, thanks again!

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This was the post that brought me to this community. I was in the market to create a better Plex server and was feeling overwhelmed by the pure number of choices for hardware. This guide really helped me focus in on some quality hardware and opened my eyes to the good used hardware on eBay.

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I love seeing updated posts to enhance / repurpose continually aging hardware. This was a great post on expanding drive space without sacrificing form or function. Keep up the great work everyone.

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I got directed here for the NAS killer build but wasn’t able to find many of the parts still in stock. But I stuck around and found this post of someone doing a very similar build to what I was imagining and ended pulling the trigger based on they info I learned in this thread and all the great build guides.

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I didn’t realize realize dummy plugs were a thing. Exactly what I needed for streaming from a network windows PC.

Preferences is Package #2.

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I was planning on building a box for Plex and looking for in depth info about hardware transcoding, this post proved to be the best resource. Haven’t gotten around to buying the parts yet and planning on doing it in January. The hardware prizes from this contest could help out with that.

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My favorite post has to be stupifiers response to my issue and actually solving it. I was struggling so hard with this issue as it was stressing me out.

a close second is the HP290 thread.

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Invaluable advice/guide. I did not think of doing something like this and was previously transcoding using CPU power on my Ryzen 3900x. It always felt wrong and this guide explains everything really well. There are many misinformed people out there who would benefit from this guide (willing or unwilling haha)

Prize Preference: Package 1

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I stumbled across your posts on reddit a while ago, even before the forums were up! Ive been wanting to pull the trigger on a NAS build for some time now but haven’t decided how to move my current windows 10 + snapraid + drivepool to one. The NK4.0 post has so much useful information in it that when I do, I’ll be following it step by step. Thanks for all the time you put into this stuff. Merry Christmas from Texas!

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I :face_with_symbols_over_mouth: love the idea of these thin clients with a gpu and sff compute in general. I bought one of these and then ended up bricking it. :confused: Fortunately the one in this deal still has warranty; I just need to get with HP and hopefully get it covered/repaired.

Thanks JDM, long time listener, seldom poster.

Prize Preference: Package 1

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I wanted to post the build guide that got me started in this group, but i couldnt find it. Its a Lego build. :smiley: but i love the thought and time you all took to do [Official] WD External Shuckables - Price Tracking this tracking info for drives. since we all like to do bulk storage it was really amazing and after a while can help people track trends. Also all the help you guys have for everything if i could link more links i would. i read them and dont comment like i should to say ty. but its all amazing iinfo.

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Favorite post:

The author suckered me in with Mac Pro nostalgia, and I stayed for the clean NAS/DAS build. They did a great job in their writing, detailed photos, and puppy photos. I’m a sucker for puppy photos.

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It all started with this guide that I stumbled upon and since then I’ve been slowly upgrading my aging Plex server. For the longest time I thought I was limited to increasing storage in my server by replacing drives with larger ones, but this guide opened up a world of possibilities and more than doubled my previous storage to currently about 95TB. Thank you!

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Really appreciate the efforts you have put in to the resource that is serverbuilds. It is great to find one place for a community of people with a similar approach to my own, albeit often on another level scaled way beyond what I do. The build guides are fantastic and the ability to find and hack together discounted server hardware is incredible. I have enjoyed the NAS Killer series especially [Guide] NAS Killer 4.1 supplemental + deals

Keep up the good work and thanks for being such a great resource!

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[Guide] NAS Killer 4.0 - fast, quiet, power efficient, and flexible - starting at $125

This was the guide that got me going into the adventure of building my second server. It was a great guide and a place to start. I’ve enjoyed my adventures and learning while being a part of this community. It’s always fun and I appreciate everyone’s hard work for what they contribute.

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My favorite post:
[Guide] Hardware Transcoding: The JDM way! QuickSync and NVENC - Builds / Plex Hardware Transcoding Builds - serverbuilds.net Forums

Hardware Transcoding the JDM Way is what lead me here. Didn’t know these boards existed, but have found a wealth of information. Since I already have a home-built Unraid box, I’m generally familiar with a lot of these topics. However, the depth and breadth of information here has been more than a little overwhelming, but also incredibly educational (and helpful).

My preference is Package 1.

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I learned about ServerBuilds by listening to SelfHosted and 2.5 Admins podcasts with JDM, Alex, Chris, Joe, Jim Salters, and Allen Jude.

This led me to ZFS, Sanoid and Allen’s wonderful two “ZFS Mastery” books which I devoured and constantly refer to.

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Seeing the bitdeals.tech group-buy got me started as it introduced me to inexpensive used enterprise drives and LSI SAS HBA cards.

The NAS Killer series has been a gold mine of information on hardware and software options:

And the other eye opening guide was Hardware Transcoding with QuickSync:

Utilizing these tools, I built a primary Plex/NAS server based on a G5400 processor,
https://www.newegg.com/intel-pentium-gold-g5400/p/N82E16819117875
4x3TB Toshiba SAS drives set up in ZFS mirror pool (2x2x3TB) running Ubuntu in an ATX case with 8 drive bays for expandability.

An existing Ivybridge system (also with 8drive bays) was repurposed with the same 2x2x3TB hard drive config as a backup (because raid is NOT a backup).
https://www.newegg.com/black-antec-performance-series-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811129242

Sanoid and Syncoid are then used to manage rolling snapshots and remote backup, respectively.

My new years resolution will be to make the backup system truly remote and relocate to my mom’s house about 30minutes away. I love wireguard and will use it to securely connect the two computers without opening ports in the firewalls.

Thanks for all the great resources and teaching me fish.

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