After several recent drive failures, headaches, and a surplus of funds for a new system, I'm looking at building a nice server for myself.
The uses I'll need it to fill will be primarily a storage/backup server in RAID 6 (8x 2Tb drives). I'll also use it to run a couple websites, a TS3 server and hopefully some form of a backup system for all the systems of our house. Being able to stream media and remote access from outside my network would also be a substantial plus.
After some research and general looking around, I guess my questions come down to:
What would be the ideal OS to use? (FreeNas, Ubuntu, Win Server... , something else?)
Would using this card (8 port Sata II card, no raid) and software Raid 6 be appropriate?
Under previous question, what sort of processor and Ram quantity should I aim for? (16 gb min?) Would a simple I3 based system work?
Would there be a benefit to running virtual machines in this situation? And is that even possible under Linux based Os's (sorry not too familiar with them)
Obviously as a server it'll be headless once setup and running. Hoping this will fulfill my needs and be a good learning project as well. I'm planning to upgrade in the future up to 24 drives, but would also prefer to stay away from Pro-grade hardware if I can. Also, Probably a dual Gb Nic. Not against spending the bucks were needed, but would rather keep it low if I can.