Good thread, I learned stuff.
Just to throw this out there, here's my setup:1
-Thecus 5002nm four-bay NAS. Currently only has two 1TB drives at RAID0 (mirrored) holding MP4s (movies/shows), MP3s (music), and picture library. There is an additional 1TB in there as auto-failover/rebuild.
-overall, totally happy with the unit. I do wish it supported more than one RAID config so I could do two separate mirrors. As-is, if I want to add another drive, it's either as a standby unit (as is currently used) or up'ing RAID levels.
-AD sync is a little flakey, but not troublesome enough to be a worry.
-I use the NAS Rsync feature to auto-copy the video/audio/image shares to a similar RAID setup on the domain server on varying schedules. (technically, not ideal, I know, but in a home use, AD server is very, very lightly used).
-The server RAID gets the drives the NAS used to have when the NAS drives are upgraded. For example, when the previous 750gb NAS drives went over 500gb used, I upgraded the NAS drives to 1tb and moved the 500gb RAID to the server. Also not ideal to have backup drives have less space than primary, but I'm pretty good at watching usage and haven't had a problem yet...(2xknock)
-I did have to wipe and rebuild 750gb RAID on the server as, others have mentioned, it uses a different RAID controller.
-All computers in the house point to the shares for the media, including the iTunes setups and the AppleTV...and so far, no problems with access or streaming to any device. All works very well.
My biggest concern is a lack of scheduled off-site backup. As-is, I copy the 'pictures' folder to a large USB key and swap it out in the bank safety deposit box....whenever I go there...and remember to do it...
I don't have any geeky neighbors immediately around to consider a backup swap. Ah well. Maybe once my parents upgrade to a faster connection...
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