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VERY much like my Unraid server. I'm not running the latest OS, but these things are rock stable and you can do lots of things with these.

Only time mine has turned off is during times that the power goes off too long for my UPS.

I very much prefer this server OS to my Qnap or my Office's Synology. I've tried multiple server OSes, but I'm certainly no expert on the subject. I stopped looking after installing Unraid (because my search was over).

I will pickup another - my current server will become the backup server.

Thanks OP.
I've been running unraid as my primary os for 3 years now. I had an uptime of over 1 year at one point (I was running a custom kernel at the time and avoiding updating). My primary desktop and gaming rig is a Windows 11 VM with isolated cpu cores, passed through gpu and usb ports, etc. You would never know its not running on bare metal. Updating, shutting down, and restarting Windows only affects the VM and not the uptime of the server.

The cpu cores and memory not reserved for the gaming VM run the NAS and ton of dockerized services including Plex Media Server and even my private Mastodon instance. Docker containers can be assigned different networks including routing them through wireguard vpn tunnels.

Nearly everything I mentioned can be accomplished through the web gui without knowing anything about linux or terminal commands. The software is quite magical in how relatively easy it makes a lot of power-user functionality.
Some people don't know what a RAID or NAS is. We can't expect them to explain every detail for any person coming to the page, regardless of what their level of knowledge.

Basically, this is meant function as a NAS (network attached storage), that can also run virtual machines and docker containers. This allows you to have redundancy of data, through RAID, and offer the data through apps like Plex. One of the key differences of unRAID vs other RAID oriented software is the ability to use different size HDDs/SDDs without losing the additional storage size above the size of the smallest drive. This is only possible due to unRAID not really being a RAID... hence the name.
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11-25-2022 at 01:19 AM.
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VERY much like my Unraid server. I'm not running the latest OS, but these things are rock stable and you can do lots of things with these.

Only time mine has turned off is during times that the power goes off too long for my UPS.

I very much prefer this server OS to my Qnap or my Office's Synology. I've tried multiple server OSes, but I'm certainly no expert on the subject. I stopped looking after installing Unraid (because my search was over).

I will pickup another - my current server will become the backup server.

Thanks OP.
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11-25-2022 at 07:20 AM.
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I had unraid for about a 11 year and I must say it is life changing bests money I have ever spent if you need server software to store media look no further you won't regret it
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11-25-2022 at 07:23 AM.
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So just to be clear, this is not like a CLOUD based server, but is a headless server on a local network?

Does unRAID install to a drive from of a bootable iso like any other OS?

So essentially if I wanted to back up a 50tb system I would need to go out and buy 50tb worth of drives? Or does it do any kind of compression? And for file history would it require even more than a 1:1 backup since there are multiple versions of files? Thanks & sounds like great software just need to wrap my mind around it specifically for the purposes of backing up a system.

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I wish they'd be a little more transparent about these basic and fundamental questions on their website, it's like they just assume everyone knows how the nuts and bolts of this thing works, or trying to just get you to buy it without a full understanding of what it is and just saying how many things you can do with it. I am sure it's great but they need better explanatory content. I shouldn't have to ask these questions to the general public after browsing around their website and watching a fifteen minute video on it.</rant>
Not a cloud. Installs on the system that the storage is connected to. I boot from a thumb drive. This uses raid technology so there's a parity drive (your largest). If one fails of say 6 drives it rebuilds when the failed drive is replaced. If you point time machine at it, for example, you only have the delta between snaps. It also runs vms and Docker for any virtual or container apps you may want to run.
I used a sff desktop like this https://slickdeals.net/share/android_app/fp/773596 when I built my unraid because they have a ton of USB ports. If you need extra ports beyond I recommend using a powered USB hub.
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How does this compare to TrueNAS
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Quote from karazi :
So just to be clear, this is not like a CLOUD based server, but is a headless server on a local network?

Does unRAID install to a drive from of a bootable iso like any other OS?

So essentially if I wanted to back up a 50tb system I would need to go out and buy 50tb worth of drives? Or does it do any kind of compression? And for file history would it require even more than a 1:1 backup since there are multiple versions of files? Thanks & sounds like great software just need to wrap my mind around it specifically for the purposes of backing up a system.


I wish they'd be a little more transparent about these basic and fundamental questions on their website, it's like they just assume everyone knows how the nuts and bolts of this thing works, or trying to just get you to buy it without a full understanding of what it is and just saying how many things you can do with it. I am sure it's great but they need better explanatory content. I shouldn't have to ask these questions to the general public after browsing around their website and watching a fifteen minute video on it.
If it's not something you understand, why is it something you feel you need?
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11-25-2022 at 08:06 AM.
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Quote from karazi :
So just to be clear, this is not like a CLOUD based server, but is a headless server on a local network?

Does unRAID install to a drive from of a bootable iso like any other OS?

So essentially if I wanted to back up a 50tb system I would need to go out and buy 50tb worth of drives? Or does it do any kind of compression? And for file history would it require even more than a 1:1 backup since there are multiple versions of files? Thanks & sounds like great software just need to wrap my mind around it specifically for the purposes of backing up a system.

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I wish they'd be a little more transparent about these basic and fundamental questions on their website, it's like they just assume everyone knows how the nuts and bolts of this thing works, or trying to just get you to buy it without a full understanding of what it is and just saying how many things you can do with it. I am sure it's great but they need better explanatory content. I shouldn't have to ask these questions to the general public after browsing around their website and watching a fifteen minute video on it.</rant>
Some people don't know what a RAID or NAS is. We can't expect them to explain every detail for any person coming to the page, regardless of what their level of knowledge.

Basically, this is meant function as a NAS (network attached storage), that can also run virtual machines and docker containers. This allows you to have redundancy of data, through RAID, and offer the data through apps like Plex. One of the key differences of unRAID vs other RAID oriented software is the ability to use different size HDDs/SDDs without losing the additional storage size above the size of the smallest drive. This is only possible due to unRAID not really being a RAID... hence the name.
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How does this compare to TrueNAS
This allows you to use different size drives without losing the additional capacity over the size of your smallest drive. This is the largest difference to me, and why I went with unRAID.
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I've been running unraid as my primary os for 3 years now. I had an uptime of over 1 year at one point (I was running a custom kernel at the time and avoiding updating). My primary desktop and gaming rig is a Windows 11 VM with isolated cpu cores, passed through gpu and usb ports, etc. You would never know its not running on bare metal. Updating, shutting down, and restarting Windows only affects the VM and not the uptime of the server.

The cpu cores and memory not reserved for the gaming VM run the NAS and ton of dockerized services including Plex Media Server and even my private Mastodon instance. Docker containers can be assigned different networks including routing them through wireguard vpn tunnels.

Nearly everything I mentioned can be accomplished through the web gui without knowing anything about linux or terminal commands. The software is quite magical in how relatively easy it makes a lot of power-user functionality.
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Quote from karazi :
So just to be clear, this is not like a CLOUD based server, but is a headless server on a local network?

Does unRAID install to a drive from of a bootable iso like any other OS?

So essentially if I wanted to back up a 50tb system I would need to go out and buy 50tb worth of drives? Or does it do any kind of compression? And for file history would it require even more than a 1:1 backup since there are multiple versions of files? Thanks & sounds like great software just need to wrap my mind around it specifically for the purposes of backing up a system.

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I wish they'd be a little more transparent about these basic and fundamental questions on their website, it's like they just assume everyone knows how the nuts and bolts of this thing works, or trying to just get you to buy it without a full understanding of what it is and just saying how many things you can do with it. I am sure it's great but they need better explanatory content. I shouldn't have to ask these questions to the general public after browsing around their website and watching a fifteen minute video on it.</rant>
Unraid's landing page for this deal is definitely not helpful for people that don't know what it does. See the below link for 'use cases' from Unraid. It's a bit more informative.

https://unraid.net/product/use-cases

Like has been mentioned, it is a hardware based system that you provide the hardware for. Note that you can use old hardware. My current server is running beautifully on 13 year old hardware - but I'm not asking a lot of it at the moment. That's why I will be using my current as a backup and getting a more capable one put together.

Unraid does things differently than most servers like TrueNAS, Synology, Qnap, etc. Unraid's technology uses up to two parity drives for two drive failure protection. Note that that protection should NOT be the only backup of important data. Each drive in the array runs separately from the others and has fully intact data on it. This means the array is slower that typical RAID systems that puts data on multiple disks - that can be sped up with a cache drive (or two) though. There are some advantages to that approach - some I can think of are 1) if you have more disk failures than your parity setup, it doesn't mean all your data is lost; 2) not all disks need to 'spin up' to be used; and 3) drives of different sizes can be used

To me, Unraid is geared to the home enthusiast, not the business environment. However, that doesn't mean it's not fully capable of a business environment deployment.
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I've been running unraid as my main home server, using the same USB boot drive, for over 14 years now.

I've tried a bunch of other raid system later, including Synology and TrueNas etc. Unraid still remains the most rock-solid and stable.
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Unraid is amazing, for those on the fence. The NAS features get you started on value, but hosting a VM easily and then adding docker apps (e.g. I used Mealie this holiday for recipes) adds a way bigger bang for the reasonable buck. I found forum posts recommending used server hw and that was also great to get reliable and powerful cpus that have served my needs for years now. It's a step for the novice, but if you know you are a candidate for using Unraid, I do recommend it.
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11-25-2022 at 08:21 AM.
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Good deal, got one last year and still haven't used it. Glad to see it back for those who were waiting.
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