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Rob C Windows Server 2012 Standard

1 x 160GB Toshiba 2.5"

2 x 3TB Seagate

2 x 1TB Seagate

6GB RAM N54L, Running as a headless Storage Server, Film/TV Show Streaming. Modified BIOS
vTyphoon Ubuntu Server 12.04 

64Gb USB pen (internal usb boot) 1x 3TB Seagate
2x 1TB Seagate
1x 250GB Seagate
1x 500GB WD

Radeon 6454 Low Profile PCIe 


Works like 24h. htpc, and works fine.

Now planning a new one with 16Gb ECC Ram to get some VM's (SQL Server, Dynamics Nav white box lab).

viridari Joyent SmartOS

2x 2TB WD2002FAEX (mirrored)
2x 2TB WD20EFRX (mirrored)

2x4GB ECC Kingston Running Netatalk 3.0 in a SmartOS zone as a backing store for iTunes movies & music, and also photo library for Adobe Lightroom. Works brilliantly.
Tozmo Windows Server 2012 R2

120gb Silicon Power SSD to ODD SATA

2x Toshiba 4tb NAS drives

8GB KVR1333 D3E9SK2/8G

Air conditioner filter in door and 5.25 bay (taped in place, bracket removed)

TripleJ85 Solaris 11

1x 120GB 2.5" Toshiba MK1265GS Boot Drive (ex PS3)
4x 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001 in RAIDZ1

2x4GB Non-ECC Kingston 1333 Hard drives in a single RAIDZ1 pool. Solaris running as a 'fat' hypervisor of sorts - Win2k8R2 / WinXP / Ubuntu virtual machines running on top. Modified BIOS running - all drives in AHCI mode
noescape Windows 2008 R2 HyperV 4x 2TB Wd20Earx RAID5

2x USB3 ext card


would prefer use esx5 rather than Hyper-v , but limited to the 2tb limit of ESX hardrives sizes that unfit my needs
tank Ubuntu Server 12.04 x64 2x 500GB WD WD5000BPKT (md raid 1)

4x 3TB WD WD30EZRX (md raid 5)


2GB ECC (std)
4GB ECC Kingston

2x500GB notebook drives each in 3 partitions with each partition in raid 1 with its pair. 1 partion /boot ext2, 1 partition swap and last partition / btrfs. raid 5 array btrfs.

Trying to get plex media server running

cable_guy XBMC Live Stock 250GB

2TB WD USB 2 ext

2G ECC(std)
4G Non-ECC Kingston
booting XBMC live from a USB drive and ESXi 5 from another USB drive depending what I want to use it for. Soon to experiment with Win2k8R2 and Hyper-V
dazza nas4free

4GB USB (boot) 1x 1TB Seagate 5x 2 TB WD20EARX (RAIDZ1)

HP Remote Access Card

4GB Non-ECC Kingston

Booting off 4GB USB embedded nas4free.

Running 5 drive Raidz1 to provide better performance (4+1 config = 7.2TB usable)

Found 4 drive RAIDZ1 not as fast - optimal configs for raid5s are 3 or 5... 4 is not that optimal.

BamBam Open Indiana 151a

1x  80GB SSD OCZ Agility 3 3x 2TB WD20EARX (RAIDZ1)

2x4GB Non-ECC Kingston

Booting off Solid State Drive. The ZIL and ARC on the SSD. 3 drives brings optimal ZFS performance.

Over 104MByte/s write and 114MByte/s read over Gigabit LAN. napp-it

amaslam Windows 8 Pro x64

1x 120GB SSD OCZ Agility 3 5x 3TB WD30EFRX (4 Data + 1 Parity with FlexRaid) 

Radeon 6450 1G HIS Silence USB TV Tuner KWorld 499-2T 

8GB KVR1333 D3E9SK2/8G

Booting off SSD.

FlexRaid drive pooling+RAID-F (10.9 TB space using FlexRaid)

BIOS Mod to use ODD in full AHCI mode

Ritty5 OpenELEC Generic Build 3.0.6

1x 80GB WD Raptor 

1x 3TB WD Caviar Green

2x 2TB Seagate

GeForce GT620 1GB Asus

2GB ECC (std)

Boots off Raptor drive. Movies on 3TB, TV Shows on 2TB, Other Media (Photos, Music, etc) on 2TB.
CSDexter CentOS 7 x86_64 1x 250GB Samsung 850 EVO

1x 500GB WD Caviar Blue

GeForce GT610 1GB Asus

TP-Link 3x3 MIMO WiFi card

​2x2GB ECC

Jack of all trades: home server, development, HTPC. Audio via HDMI.
Deimos CentOS 6.3 x86_64 2 x 1TB 64MB WD10EARS 4GB HP PC3 10600E (std) Home server for familiy & friends. No monitor, no kbd and no mouse. ssh managed.

-Apache, CMS,File server, Linux game server, Web devel. test KTH-PL313/4G on order

Palmr CentOS 6.3 x86_64 1x 160GB SSD Intel SSDSA2MH 160G1GN 

4x Seagate Barracuda 3TB

2GB ECC (std) The Intel drive is an SSD with my OS, the Seagates are in software RAID 5. Flashed BIOS.

Backup and media server. Also development web server, git host and virtualisation. Looking into buying a RAID controller and more RAM currently

Arai Joyent SmartOS

1x 2GB USB keydrive (boot)

4x 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001 in RAID10 (zfs)

2x8GB Kingston (N54L) With several zones including a fileserver, development webserver, and backup server.  Experimenting with using a zone as a firewall/router, unfortunately SmartOS KVM doesn't like AMD.
Culprit OpenMediaVault

1 x 250Gb Seagate (OS)
2 x 2Tb WD Green [EZRX] (Storage)
1 x 80Gb 2.5" USB external (OS backup)

  1. Media vault serving XBMC devices via SMB
  2. Music server via Subsonic
  3. Personal photo store with auto drop for phones
  4. Automated tv and movie aggregator 
  5. Ups trigger for main PC
  6. Automatic documents backup for all house PCs via owncloud
  7. Wider family web based photo gallery 
Dark Scary Bear WHS 2011

32GB boot SD

120GB Kingston SSD

4x 3TB Toshiba

1x 1TB Toshiba


1x 8GB Kingston ECC

Gen8 running headless as a media (plex) and file server + client backup's.

- Win8 Pro x64

1x 250GB Seagate (HP stock)

2x 3TB WD Red (Raid1)

2x 1.5TB Barracuda LP (Raid1)

1x 2GB Original ECC

1x 4GB MicroMemory ECC

Asus Radeon HD6450 2GB Fanless

N54L with TheBay modified bios. Running as NAS/MediaPC/Remote Desktop Workstation. GPU acceleration works great with 1080p.
FP ESXi 5.1

1x 250GB Seagate (HP Stock)

2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda (ST2000DM001)

1x OCZ Agility 3 Solid State Drive

1x 8GB Kingston non-ECC (KVR1333D3N9/8G)

1x Intel Gigabit NIC (EXPI9301CTBLK)

- ESXi 5.1 running off USB key

- Windows Server 2012 running mirrored disk from RDM passthrough of the two 2TB Barracudas

- SSD running Windows 7 guest

- Stock HP 250GB running ESXi guests

A Debian testing

1x Seagate 1TB

1x WD Red 3TB

2x WD Red 3TB (Raid 1)

8 GB Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2

HP 54L. Works as backup server and for streaming media. Debian testing (jessie) installed.

Fabio R. OmniOS r151006 1x Seagate 1TB

4x Hitachi 2TB

8 GB Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2 Model: N36L

NFS and CIFS server for home network. 1x ZFS pool set as RAID-1 with all 4x 2TB disks. Works flawlessly.

Krom12 Windows 2012 R2 Storage server 1x OCZ 80GB for OS

4x WD RED 3TB for storage

8 GB crucial Model: N54L

Storage pool/media server for home network storage, streaming movies to JB ATV2 with xbmc 12.2.

2x storage pool set as RAID-5 , 1x 7tb pool for data and 1x 1.5tb pool for TimeMachine backup (vmware workstation 10 vm running Nas4free 9.1.x vm).

also running EMIT for streaming media to all ios/android device over local network and internet

Nathan H Ubuntu Server 13.10

1x 160GB Seagate (OS)

2x 1.5TB WD Green

2x 2TB Hitachi

1x 16gb pen drive (internal)

8GB Kingston non ECC

Model: N36L

Used as storage, web server, timer machine server, print server

Software RAID 10 2.7TB

Software RAID 1 460GB

OS backups go to the internal USB

TimothyJB Windows Home Server 2011 60GB SSD

2 x Western Digital Red HDD

4 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD



SSD boot drive. Both WD drives mounted internally with a Nexus DoubleTwin in the ODD bay and connect to the internal port of the SC44Ge with the external port left for future expansion. Using Stablebit Drivepool and FlexRAID for parity and drive pooling.
vrillusions VMWare ESXi 5.1

HP Smart Array P410 Controller w/256mb battery backed cache

3x 2TB WD Red Raid5 (VMs)

1x 250gb (came with it) (iso's and such)

1x 8gb SanDisk Cruzer Fit (connected to internal usb for OS)

16gb (KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G)

Model: N54L

Used for home server running a few VMs including storage. 4 drives are in stock drive chasis and stock cable connects to P410. MIBs are available so ESX can see status of controller.  16GB memory worked on HP bios without any modifications

Have cyberpower ups connected to it via usb cable. There's a free cyberpower VM so when power goes out it can tell ESXi to gracefully shut down VMs (have to manually turn back on when shutdown though)

ava1ar NAS4Free

4GB USB flash in internal USB (boot)

5x2 TB WD20EFRX (RED series) in RAIDZ1 (~7.13Tb usable)

Kingston 16Gb ECC RAM (KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G)

HP NC360T Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

ORICO 1105SS CD-ROM space 3.5" SATA HDD Mobile Rack

HP Remote Access Card

N40L running embedded NAS4Free installation.

Link aggregation configured for HP NC360T Dual Ports with HP ProCurve 1800-8G smart switch

Port aggregation enabled on eSATA port. 

Mediasonic HF2-SU2S2 ProBox 4 Bay Hard Drive Enclosure connected to eSATA for backup purposes.

Karlos VmWare esxi 5.1   

32 Gb internal usb (OS)

3 x 2 TB WD NAS RED (RAID 5 datastore)

Kingston 4Gb ECC (KTH-PL313E/4G)

Samsung 4Gb ECC (Stock) Adaptec 3405 RAID Controller

Four VM  ->

  • Debian 7 - Running Cacti, Nagios, FreeRadius, OpenLDAP, DNS(bind9), Unifi, mysql, mongodb and apache.
  • Debian 7 - Running Transmission, smb and NFS.
  • AsteriskNOW
  • CUCM 8.6.2
ElTel Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

1 x 500GB Samsung HD501LJ

1 x 250GB HP VB0250EAVER (boot)

8GB Hynix ECC p/n HMT325U7BFR8A N54L, Running as Plex media server, SMB shares & Print server. HyperV for experimentation. Running HyperV can & will affect Plex HD video (1020p) transcoding - CPU can't keep up. No other problems. Low memory usage and reliable performance.
Nirkz Debian jessie, amd64, 3.16 4x Seagate ST3000VX002(CV13) 1x 8GByte ECC Kingston KTH-PL316E/8G Gen8 G1610T as a NAS, ST drives do about 160MByte/s sequential write, Celeron does about 45MByte/s sequential writes with AES-XTS-2x128Bit (cryptsetup)
tgerczei Joyent SmartOS 3x 



Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/8G N36L acting as a NAS and all-in-one home rig currently running 15 VMs, 2 of which are KVM-type. (OpenBSD and Gentoo GNU/Linux)
skippy Ubuntu Server 14.04 4x 2TB Hard drives (Various manufacturers)

1x Intel 120GB 320 series SSD in USB enclosure (suspect SSD is dying, won't work in SATA or eSATA port) Boot drive

Kingston KVR1333D3N9/8G 1x8GB non-ECC

N54L headless, running Plex Media Server and backups of primary machines. 6TB RAID 5 array via mdadm, upgrading to new drives and HP P410 controller shortly. AFP share acts as Time Capsule for Macbook backups. Deluge torrent box.

IntProst FreeNAS 9.10.x 3 x 8TB Seagate IronWolf NAS (ST8000VN0022)

1 x 3TB Seagate Barracuda (ST3000DM001)
1 x 3TB WD Red (WDC WD30EFRX)
2 x 8GB USB Flash (Choice UC510) [FreeNAS Boot]

Kingston KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16

(2X8GB DDR3-1600 CL10 240 pin UDIMM kit)

N36L, modified BIOS. Storage for movies, TV series, photography & vacation videos, plus backup of the household PC's.
Kurgol Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 2 x 1TB Red (WD10EFRX) Stock (1x4GB) Gen8. Backups.
Kurgol Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 1 x 250GB WD Red (VB0250EAVER)
Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G (2x8GB)
N54L. General server, now Ubuntu 16.04 (upgraded from 14.04).
Kurgol CentOS Linux release 7.2 16GB Corsair Voyager 3.0 (Internal USB)
Stock (1x4GB)
Gen8. Router.
Kurgol FreeNAS-9.3-STABLE 16GB Corsair Voyager 3.0 (Internal USB)

2 x 1TB WD Red

Stock (1x2GB)
Gen8. NAS.
Uniss XigmaNas 11.2 Transcend 8GB TS8GJF600 (boot), 3xWD40EFRX, 1xWD80EFZX, 2xWD80EMAZ 2x8GB Patriot PVL316G160C9K N40L with Seasonic SS-250SU (250W) and Transcend TS-PDC3 (2xSATAIII). AHCI BIOS mod.
flex5e Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
WDC WD3200BPVT-00JJ5T0 320Gb (OS & Applications)
WDC WD40EFRX-68WT0N0 Red 4Tb
WDC WD50EZRX-00MVLB1 Green 5Tb
Seagate ST3000DM001-9YN166 3Tb
Stock (1x2GB) N40L running modified BIOS.

Remote fileserver storing video and music, accessed via separate N34L running PLEX.

flex5e Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
Integral V Series 6Gbps SSD 120Gb (OS & Applications)
Seagate ST3500312CS 3Gbps 500Gb
3Gb N36L running modified BIOS.

Remote PLEX Media Server and fileserver.

flex5e Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
Seagate Barracuda 2Tb
Seagate Barracuda 2Tb
Seagate Barracuda 2Tb
Seagate Barracuda 2Tb
8Gb N54L running modified BIOS.

Second PLEX Media Server (on-premise).

Raj P Proxmox 5.2-1 WD Red 8TB x2

WD Red 3TB x2

Seagate 3TB x2


Toshiba 320GB 2.5" x1 (connected to internal USB2 port)

SiliconPower 60GB 2.5" SSD x1 (connected externally to USB3 PCIe card)

8GB N40L with modified BIOS. Plex (lxc), pi-hole (lxc), NFS/SMB NAS (host), Win10 (kvm).
JJohn P FreeNAS 11.3 4 x 8TB WDC WD80EMAZ

1 x Crucial 120GB SSD

2x8GB Crucial ECC N40L w/ BIOS patch for SATA2 on DVD port. jails for MySQL, PostgreSQL, BSD sandbox