Thinking of changing from WHS to NAS software, but which one.

razy60

Well-known Member
Hi, I currently have a hp microserver n40l running WHS 2011 but am considering moving to NAS software.
Which would be suitable freenas or xpenology or something else?
I have only just started looking so any help is appreciated.
The reason for this is that I don't use the server for much more than media streaming/storage to Plex or Kodi and occasionally Powerdvd so WHS is being wasted plus its a bit of a resource hog.

Cheers
 

bubblegum57

Well-known Member
I looked at freenas, apart from the, in my mind complicated setup.The N40 might not meet the specs.

FreeNAS Home Server Build

I did by a fluke manage to get dsm 6.1 xpenology installed on an old nuc. But didn't see any benefits.

I think there is talk, that xpenology is coming to end of life. But who knows.

I also looked at Open media vault, there is a good guide on youtube.

I also briefly tried ubuntu, & ubuntu server, but gave up due to my lack of technical ability.
 

razy60

Well-known Member
Do any of these like freenas, unraid, xpenology, etc run off Purely the USB like a Linux os can or do they need to install some software on any of the drives, as I don't want to overwrite the WHS just yet in case of problems and if I find I dislike how it runs I want to be able to revert to WHS.
 

bubblegum57

Well-known Member
xpenology, is just the boot up device, which open up the dsm webpage, so it just runs off the usb.

I can't remember what happened about the other ones.
 

razy60

Well-known Member
xpenology, is just the boot up device, which open up the dsm webpage, so it just runs off the usb.

I can't remember what happened about the other ones.
The reason I ask is a lot of the searches I have done seem to indicate that they write something to each drive or they suggest that they create some sort of raid array.
 

bubblegum57

Well-known Member
As an experiment, I tried to install Omv on a nuc with a single drive

The YouTube guide talked about two drives in a raid

Look at some YouTube videos to see if any of them are suitable
 

ChuckMountain

Distinguished Member
The reason for this is that I don't use the server for much more than media streaming/storage to Plex or Kodi and occasionally Powerdvd so WHS is being wasted plus its a bit of a resource hog.

Is that a particular problem in its own right though? Presumably, it has served you well for the last x years, are there any particular symptoms causing you issues at the moment? The old adage if ain't broke don't fix it could apply :)

I would potentially be more concerned about the age of the N40L and what happened if say one of the PSU, MB etc failed, what would I do in that scenario. Don't get me wrong I love the little boxes and had an N36L when they first came out but have retired it some time ago as I needed much more space and power.

Would you consider getting a new NAS box and migrating?
 

razy60

Well-known Member
Is that a particular problem in its own right though? Presumably, it has served you well for the last x years, are there any particular symptoms causing you issues at the moment? The old adage if ain't broke don't fix it could apply :)

I would potentially be more concerned about the age of the N40L and what happened if say one of the PSU, MB etc failed, what would I do in that scenario. Don't get me wrong I love the little boxes and had an N36L when they first came out but have retired it some time ago as I needed much more space and power.

Would you consider getting a new NAS box and migrating?
Not a particular problem more of an experiment, I was going to disconnect the WHS drive put a version of whatever on a USB and try that. But if it starts trying to create raid arrays or writing anything to the storage drives then that would cause issues.
 

ChuckMountain

Distinguished Member
Not a particular problem more of an experiment, I was going to disconnect the WHS drive put a version of whatever on a USB and try that. But if it starts trying to create raid arrays or writing anything to the storage drives then that would cause issues.

Fair enough :thumbsup:

If you do move to a different OS the likelihood is that to use the full features they may well want a different disk format so you would to move the data somewhere else.
 

triplea4uk

Active Member
WHS11 resource hog first time I have heard that and never seen it.

Are you running just what came with the N40L 2gb ram?
 

springtide

Distinguished Member
xpenology used to work brilliantly on my Microserver, but it’s been a while as it made me purchase a Synology.

the thing that put me off a little was keeping it up to date for security.

ive also tried most of the others (freenas, OMV, WHS etc)

with xpenology you have a boot usb drive, and the OS is installed on each of the HDD drives.. the USB doesn’t have any configs .. so you can just write a new image on the flash if it fails and you are up and running again (also means it doesn’t suffer flash wear)
 

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