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  1. SSD

    Newbie, intro.

    You need to decide, for each VM, if you will want it to run with passthrough video (and possibly USB for Keyboard/Mouse), or whether it is ok to be accessible only through something like VNC, SplashTop Desktop, or best of all IMO, NoMachine. Obviously tools like this require a functional computer to be able to access the VM. With passthrough, the video and Keyboard/Mouse will be able to run completely independently of any software. I run my daily driver this way, and run long monitor and USB cables from my basement server to my monitor and KVM in my study. No one would ever know that this was not a bare metal Windows box. The only assist I need to get it up and running is a Web Browser for the unRAID GUI to start the VM (which can easily be done from my phone or tablet). Without passthrough, you need a "place to stand" to access the VM. That might be a physical machine or a passthrough VM. For example, my Windows VM can connect to a non-passthrough VM using NoMachine. It can run in a Window or full screen on that computer. There are limits to the number of passthrough VMs you can have. I think the max I've seen is 4, but it is dependent on the motherboard and may require an extra USB card. So if you goal is set up a computer lab, and you want to run a 8 VMs with each user having their own monitor, keyboard and mouse, unRAID is not really going to support that configuration, at least not that I am familiar with. So you really need to give some thought as to what these VMs are going to be, which ones are passthrough and which ones are not, and make sure you have a workable plan to achieve your vision. Otherwise you may run out of gas and be disappointed.
  2. SSD

    Newbie, intro.

    96G of RAM is going to be plenty. Even if you want to dedicate 32G of RAM to each one, that still leaves 32G for unRAID. I have 64G in my server and experimented with 32G vs 16G of RAM for my VM, and found no difference. So I am running 16G on my single VM and works great. Dockers may seem a challenge to grasp conceptually, but to install and use them it is dead simple. Many are easily doable by a person with enough skills to install unRAID itself. Would take all of 2 minutes to install one. The complexity and length of time to fully configure the app depends on the specific Docker. But many are very easy and the forum is available for support / assistance. The VM is a more involved process and takes some technical skills and knowledge. If you are not afraid to install the OS, it's not hard. With non-passthrough it'd probably take ~30 mins. Passthrough adds another dimension of difficulty and requires figuring out some stuff that is unique to your motherboard and GPU. Probably take more like 1-2 hours for first timer assuming no major issues are encountered. Use the 2 part videos below if you are installing Windows VMs.
  3. SSD

    Newbie, intro.

    Each VM can run only a single OS instance, so you'd need 2 VMs to run 2 different Win10 "machines". Not all VMs need to be running at the same time. So you could have 2 Win10 VMs but only run one of them at a time.
  4. SSD

    Newbie, intro.

    A Docker is a prepackaged container, consisting of one or more Linux applications (normally one). People often run several Dockers to run the apps they want. An example is Plex. Dockers are able to share the kernel with unRAID, so are all sharing the same pool of memory with unRAID. This makes them resource friendly. VMs are more often used when you want to install an operating system, like Windows or one of several Linux distributions. VMs require that you dedicate a block of memory to each one (that is running). This is more typical of a desktop replacement VM, or a Gaming VM. A third animal is called a PlugIn, which normally provide functionality that extends or compliments unRAID functions.
  5. I'd remove parity 2. Mount it as a UD, the format it as XFS or BTRFS as per preference. Copy the contents of disk3 to the UD. Then do a "new config" and set to "Desired" config in your post above, and rebuild both parities. Personally, before starting I'd preclear the 3 8T drives to make sure they are good. Cheers!
  6. SSD

    Which linux distro for a complete linux newbie?

    Saw article in Forbes today, with is a person advocating switching to Linux. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2018/07/19/ditching-windows-2-weeks-with-ubuntu-linux-on-the-dell-xps-13/#429e311b1836 Entertaining read for anyone interested in taking the plunge. Lots of good reasons. Only negative of note (for an Office expert) ...
  7. My experience with USBs has been excellent. Except for the one time I snapped one in half, they have gone for years and years without failing in my UnRaid servers. The most common problem people have is file system corruption that can happen in a hard shutdown (e.g., power failure) or sudden removal from a running system. It is normally easily fixed by putting the stick in a workstation and running chkdsk. If left untreated, it can give some symptoms similar to what you mention.
  8. SSD

    Some clearity

    Any company is able to end the life of one product and begin the life of another with similar or enhanced functionality. Look at all the Windows versions. Windows 95, Windows 2000, and Windows XP are all separate products. The fact that LimeTech has not released a second product in well over 10 years despite adding features like VM, Docker, dual parity, and others (that many here would agree would have been more than justified) is pretty good evidence that they have no plans to do so in the future, but not a guarantee.
  9. I too was successful in passing through a USB 3.1 controller on Intel. No experience on AMD. Sorry.
  10. I am not 100% sure. Looks like you have it set up properly. It may have something to do with the volume name (areca_disk#01_enc#01). I know that the "#" can cause issues. @bonienl might be best to support you on this.
  11. Smart report for drive looks fine. Looks like you ran a SMART test that completed successfully. Where did you see 300 errors? Suggest posting diagnostics file. Are you running disk as a USB? Or did you shuck the drive? Assuming you shucked it. Cabling is the most common problem with installing new drives.
  12. SSD

    Sanity check - 24 drive bays

    Looking forward to a mainstream video card that supports HW transcoding of 4K video in Plex.
  13. With the built in Nvidia as primary video, you would need to use the vbios. Did you edit it with HxD to remove the header? I had a Radeon in my server and had trouble getting the drivers to load. Standard VGA driver didn't like the card. Wound up having to connect to the machine with SpashTop while passthrough was active to load them. The driver install recognized the card and installed the drivers. You have have issues switching between Nvidia and Radeon drivers. There is a toolset somewhere that will do a full uninstall that I used. I would up returning the Radeon and going with the Nvidia (1050Ti), but I did get the drivers to load and passthrough working.
  14. SSD

    Quick High Water Question

    This might help to understand when the allocation method and include/exclude settings come into play.
  15. You have to be careful with backups. If you have changed your drive configuration since the backup was taken, you can have serious data loss. Delete the super.dat file unless you are sure no changes were made. I wouldn't worry too much about the backups. Good experience resetting up your UnRaid every few years. Keeps you in practice!

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