Saturday, 30 January 2016

New Windows Multi-Function Home Server

Setting Up The New PC

I've finished upgrading our home PC/server  ...
  • ASUS H97 Plus MOBO
  • Intel® i7 3.6GHz CPU
  • 24GB RAM
  • Dual  ASUS® VS248 monitors
    • 1 via HDMI
    • 1 via VGA
  • Windows® 7 Pro N x64 (for compatibility reasons)
    • VirtualBox v5.0.4
      • VM1 - Win8.1 x64
      • VM2 - Win10 x64
      • VM3 - WinXP x32 
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 8 USB
  • 1 Firewire  (for legacy VideoCam)
  • USB Logitech Mouse/Keyboard
  • USB Logitech Web Cam
  • USB Microphone
  • Wired Logitech 3.1 sound
  • Wired Headset
  • 5 Disk sets comprising approx 11.7 TeraBytes of storage
The key disk features are:
    • an 200GB Win7 System partition;
    • an 6TB RAID5 array 
    • 1x 2TB data disk
    • 2x 1TB data disks
    • 1x 1TB data disk
    • 1x 500GB data disk
    • a couple of 2TB disks for backup
It acts as;
  • our family File Server; 
  • the home DVR video security manager - Blue Iris®;
    • managing in excess of 6 HD motion detection cameras
  • home theatre media server - Serviio®;
    • serving up to 3 devices concurrently
  • My workstation - VirtualBox® with  two VM's running:
    • Win 8.1 Pro and 8GB RAM
    • Win 10 and 6GB RAM
  • backup manager of itself and three other family systems
    • 1x Windows 7
    • 1x Windows 10
    • 1x MAC Air
  • I employ two types of backup
 Security consists of a mix of:
  • NAT firewall router
  • BitDefender Internet Security
  • further NAT translation into VirtualBox
  • Norton Internet Security
  • CryptoPrevent
  • File encryption
Moving from my old WinXP x32 to the new x64 environments I was successfully able to:
  • moved my ATO ECI software to the new Win8.1
  • reinstalled and reactivated my Quick Books 2007 software underWin8.1
  • moved/upgraded my Blue Iris (now v3) software to the new Win7
  • moved/upgraded my EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation software under Win7
  • reinstalled the 2nd Copy file sync manager under all three OS's (7/8.1/10)
  • moved RouterStats® Lite underWin7
  • set up TeamViewer® under all three OS's (7/8.1/10)
  • set up Synergy®   under all three OS's (7/8.1/10)
  • set up VLC®  under all three OS's (7/8.1/10)
  • set up Skype®  under all three OS's (7/8.1/10)
  • reinstalled Paint Shop Pro 8 under Win8.1
  • moved PasswordKeeper under all three OS's (7/8.1/10)
  • set up Shotty screen capture under all three OS's (7/8.1/10)
  • reinstalled DesktopOK layout manager under Win7 and Win8.1
  • reinstalled WinZip under all three OS's (7/8.1/10) 
  • moved Watts Clever USB energy monitor to Win7
  • moved my Kiwi Syslog server to Win7
  • reinstalled MUM - Internode's Monthly Usage Meter under 7 and 8.1 and partially successfully under Win10 (won't return LAN card throughput since recent Win10 update)
  • moved the Aurora Communicator software for our solar generator to run under Win7
  • installed IP Camera Viewer under all three OS's (7/8.1/10)
  • reinstalled FileZilla FTP server under Win7

One failure was the redeployment of the Temper USB temperature probe software which had to be substituted with ThermoHID

An additional success was a successful reinstall of the long-time failed USB-UIRT remote control sender/receiver product under Win7

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