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The Ultimate Home Server - Whats your Setup? (pics welcome)

Server 1 Supermicro X8DTI-F with 2 x 6 core Xeon CPU’s with 128GB ram and 8 3TB hardrives. Running Xpenology DMS 6.1

Server 2 Supermicro X8DTI-F with 2 x 6 core Xeon CPU’s with 128GB ram and 4 3TB hardrives. and 1 3TB parity drive. Running Unraid

Server 3 Apple Xserve 2 4 core Xeon CPU’s with 64GB ram and 4 2TB drives. Running ESXI 6.6.

Since I found out the Xpenology system is not using all of my 24 cores and also does not make use of all the memory I am thinking about switching that machine to TrueNas Scale.


Nice! I wonder what others are running for their home servers!?

Physical servers:

Proxmox: x470d4u + 3900xt + 128GB ram
Fedora zfs storage (iscsi): x470d4u + 5800x + 128GB ram
Centos iptables firewall: H170M-ITX + i3-6100 + 16GB ram

Currently Running 2x Servers and got another one in the works

Server One Aka (“Anton”) - AMD 3945WX + 256GB DDR4 2933 + NVIDIA A100 for my research and AI work

Server Two Aka (“Piper”) - i9 10900 + 128GB 3200 + NVIDIA T400 for Plex and other VMs i need

Server Three (WIP) is going to be a Xeon 4310 + 64Gb 2933 and going to be replacing my 10900 for Vms and Storage as im aiming for all NVME/SSD storage this time around and Icelake looks pretty decent for my price range!

I don’t know if you would call it a server but im using a raspberry pi 4 4gb with a 2tb drive.


Dell T320 8c16t, 24GB RAM, 4x 1Gb Intel NIC’s (two are independent and two are LACP and assigned to TruNAS), 4x 128GB SSD’s in two Mirrors (one for the OS and the other for CT and VM’s), 8x 3TB drives in Zfs1.

Proxmox Hypervisor, virtualized TruNAS Scale/Nextcloud/And a few other small services.

Wish I had more storage but the price of used drives really puts a damper on that.

1x HP Microserver Gen8 running Truenas Core, 2x10TB HD, 2x480GBSSD

  • docker
  • all my home automation
  • plex, pihole and stuff
  • Iscsi Lun for my raspberries gathering sensor data

1x HP Microserver Gen8 running Truenas Scale, 3x6TB HD 1x Sun Oracle 800GB NVME

  • pfsense
  • timemachine backups
  • other NAS snapshots
  • Proxmox snapshots
  • syncovery - cloud sync to OneDrive

110W average consumption for both servers

1x Proxmox server - Epyc Rome 7402-24C-128GB - 12TB NVME running

  • Osx VM - Sapphire e9260 - 8GB
  • Windows VM - Nvidia 3070Ti
  • multiple linux/windows work/dev VMs
  • a stream deck controller for handling proxmox tasks (running headless) including turning monitor/speakers on/off

Official consumption for the WAF test … 150ish Watts, that is actually what it pulls at Idle with the WIn VM off … when running OSX plus Mechwarrior 5 on the 3070Ti we’re doing 350-ish :slight_smile:

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Trying to sunset a couple of 4U rack cases with a mix of desktop/workstation hardware that I’ve recently replaced with:

  • Dell R720XD running TrueNAS Scale
    – 2x Intel Xeon E5-2660 V3
    – 64GB RAM (although likely to get more with sunsetting the other systems)
    – 8X Ironwolf Pro 4TB in RAIDZ2
    – 2X Samsung EVO 1TB SSD in mirror
    – Recently attached a MD1200 for more disks! Although waiting on being able to turn the fans down on that guy. This will house 8x Ironwolf Pro 8TB in RAIDZ2
Virtualization Host
  • Dell R630 which I’m waiting on SSDs for to setup most-likely XCP-NG.
    – 2x Intel Xeon E5-2650 V3
    – 128 GB RAM

I’ve run ESXi 6.5 and Proxmox 7 on previous virtualization hosts and I feel like giving XCP-NG a go this time. Got a fair amount of experience with Docker and looking at using that as much as possible for services rather than full VMs.


I got three computers plus a handful of Raspberry Pi’s in my home lab.

Game Server - Built with spare parts
i7-4970k + 16GB DDR3 HyperX Memory + 500GB WD Blue SSD

TrueNAS Core Host - HP ProDesk 600 G2 with eBay upgrades
i5 4690k + 32GB DDR3 HyperX Memory + Seagate 8TB IronWolf Pro + Samsung 750EVO 120GB (Write Cache) + Inland 120GB SSD (Boot)

Proxmox Host - Hyve Zeus V1
E5-2670v2 + 32GB DDR3 ECC Memory + 1TB Samsung 840EVO + 120GB Inland SSD (Boot)

2x Raspberry Pi 4 8GB + 1x Raspberry Pi 3B+ and finally 1x Raspberry Pi Zero W

My Raspberry Pi 3B+ I think is my favorite little device. It actually lives outside and provides passive flight tracking data to

It gets a bit dusty, so I have a Discord Bot that helps me plan monthly clean-outs of all the equipment but this is right next to my DEMARC space is pretty limited. Not much space to put up higher.


Here’s mine:


R730 with 2x2683v4 (16c/32t ea) and 64 GB RAM and a Quadro M4000. It’s running Proxmox with a few things:

  • An openSUSE Leap VM that is running a host of docker containers for NextCloud, BitWarden, Matrix, Home Assistant and OctoPrint.
  • An LXC container running “rmfusion” and mounting an SMB share, to synchronize my Zotero library with my ReMarkable 2.
  • An LXC container running as a host for cryoSPARC Master, the web GUI for a cryo-EM software analysis package
  • Another openSUSE Leap VM running a bunch of cryo-EM analysis tools.

R720xd with 12 2TB drives in RAIDz-2 running TrueNAS with a bunch of SMB shares (including some mounted in NextCloud)

R210ii running pfSense

Dell powerconnect with 4x10 Gbe hookups in the back interconnecting everything.


Home server, my arse :rofl:

It was mostly for me to get up the learning curve regarding building out compute infrastructure for a biology research laboratory. I needed to learn a lot about hardware and software.

I also have a Synology DS720+ I’m migrating to, but man it is painfully slow to read data from.

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specs: r5-1400, 8gb ddr4, asrock a320hdv, 120gb m.2 ssd (boot), 4x2TB HDD, gt730 (ddr5, pci-e x1), 450w sff psu
It’s a file server running TrueNAS

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Case: Fractal Design Define 7 Light Tempered Glass Black
PSU: Seasonic PRIME-Fanless-PX-450
MBO: ASRock Rack X470D4U
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700x
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim
RAM: 4x Kingston KSM26ED8/16ME 16GB ECC DDR4
NIC: 1x IPMI (onboard) + 2x 1Gbit (onboard) + 1x 10Gbit Mellanox ConnectX-3
HBA: HP Smart Array H240 (IT Mode)
SSD: 2x Kingston A400 SSD SA400M8 / 120GB + 1x Crucial P1 SSD 1TB, M.2
HDD: 4x Western Digital WD Red Pro 2TB
RGB Controller: Shelly RGBW2


Hypervisor: VMware ESXI vSphere 7 Hypervisor on 120GB SSD with 1TB SSD for storing VMs
VM: TrueNAS Core on second120GB SSD with directly passed HBA controller managing 4x 2TB HDD drives in RAIDZ2 + 10Gbit NIC
Other VMs:
Unifi Controller
Home Assistant
Plex Media Server
Minecraft Server

I am also testing running TrueNAS on a QNAP TS-253A (bare metal) currently.

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  1. XCP-ng Host - Desktop i7 4770, 32GB memory
  2. Proxmox Host - Dell C1100, 12/24 CPU, 144GB memory
  3. Truenas Host - Desktop i5 2400, 32GB memory
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I use my old PC as a server. Bought the CPU, mobo, and case at a yard sale ~6 years ago. It’s still working fine and is more than enough for my sever needs.

Component Model
OS Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS
RAM 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 1600MHz
HDD 2 x Seagate IronWolf NAS 4TB 5900RPM

Its running:

  • gitea
  • mealie
  • baikal
  • plex
  • home assistant
  • minecraft server
  • photoprism
  • wiki.js
  • unifi controller
  • code-server
  • wireguard
  • speedtest
  • nearly a dozen random little websites/apps I have made over the years

I also have an old HP tower at my parents that’s my remote backup, but it doesn’t do anything interesting.

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TrueNAS SCALE 22.02-RC.1-2
Old full tower case
Seasonic Focus PX-850 power supply
ASUS ROG Strix B550F-Gaming mobo
Ryzen5 5800X + Noctua NH-U14S Cooler
64GB G.Skill Trident Z NEO DDR4 3600 CL16 RAM
(2) Kingwin MKS-535TL SATA hot-swap drive cages (5-bay, (3) 5.25" bays high)
LSI SAS-9211-8i (8-port SATA/SAS HBA
(6) Toshiba N300 6TB drives (ZFS, stripe of (4) mirror VDEVs) - 24TB raw / 21.69TB actual ZFS pool)
(2) Mushkin 250GB Enhanced RAW series SATA SSD (ZFS mirror TruesNAS OS)

Some pics of possible interest. The whole setup looks pretty ghetto atm, so I’ll skip that…

(2) Kingwin enclosures stacked
(I put felt pads on the bottom of the top unit to reduce vibration and shim it up to the case mounting holes)

Rear of Kingwin enclosure

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More pics since I am limited to 2 per post atm:

LSI Controller with a SFF-8087-to- SATA (4-to-1) breakout cable
(NB: this has a PCIe x4 connector, so make sure the target mobo slot is x4 capable)
(detail provided for those unfamiliar with SFF-8087 connector)

Controller with breakout cable connected

Simply NUC Ruby R8

  • Ryzen 7 4800U
  • 500GB nvme
  • 32GB RAM
  • 2x4TB external drives (mirrored via a rsync script)
  • Currently using PopOS

Runs plex, a custom irc-scraper, and hosts bare git repos. Also used as my htpc (Kodi) with Steam and RetroArch for couch gaming.

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I have an old HP with an A10 6800k in it. I am wanting to make it into a home server, I just run Octpoprint on it. I am Really excited about this adventure we are starting here. :slight_smile: