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Building a NAS Media Server Part Two: Choosing and installing an operating system

By Lucas Schad | | Media Centre, Tutorials

<< Previous: Hardware << Contents >> Next: Software>> Choosing the right operating system for your NAS Media Server is essential. I recommend that you use a Linux / BSD rather than a windows based OS mainly because they require far less hardware resources. Another benefit is that common Linux / BSD distributions are available for free. If you have experience with any Linux distribution, you should consider using a server os based on that distribution. I have experience with CentOS 6 (running a VPS on it) Debian 7 (home server) and Ubuntu 12/13 (home server). I can recommend all three …
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Building a NAS Media Server Part One: Hardware

By Lucas Schad | | Media Centre, Tutorials

<< Previous: Why? << Contents >> Next: Operating System>> Hardware You won’t need high end hardware to create a NAS media server since it is just holding and sharing your data along with some minor tasks that usually won’t need much CPU power. Mainboard The mainboard is the heart of our server. The more SATA ports you have, the more drives you can connect. A good choice is a Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H. It has 8 onboard SATA 6GB/s connectors. The Intel z87 chipset can only have 6 SATA controllers, so 2 of the ports are running on a single Marvell 88SE9172 …
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How to Build a NAS Media Server

By Lucas Schad | | Media Centre, Tutorials

If you have a rapidly expanding media collection, you’ll no doubt have experienced the challenge of where and how to store it. This step-by-step guide will help you build and administrate your own NAS Media Server, starting with choosing hardware all the way to applying the finishing touches. Why build your own NAS Media Server? Why should you build a network attached storage server instead buying one from a manufacturer? While there are a huge selection of pre-built options are available, a custom NAS server can be much more flexible than a pre-built system with it’s own operating system. If you’re planning …
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Building a NAS Server Part Three: Setting up your NAS

By Lucas Schad | | Media Centre, Tutorials

<< Previous: Operating System << Contents >> Next: Software>> Set up your NAS Server Setup your network configuration Since you are running a server I guess you don’t want to run it in dhcp mode. $ sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces sudo will run your command with root (administrator) privileges – you have to enter your password to do this. Further information for the sudo command. Your output should look like this # This file describes the network interfaces available on your system # and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5). # The loopback network interface auto lo iface lo inet …
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