For as long as I can remember I have had a home server. I've gone through many iterations and it has served many purposes. It used to be a simple NAS but has now become the centralized brain of the house.
Some of these services probably deserve articles of their own but I will do a quick listing for now.
Used to be a frankenstein build of Ubuntu (used as a desktop) with all the GUI packages removed, then Ubuntu Server Edition and now I'm on OpenMediaVault for the web based admin interface and great Docker support.
Was never quite able to make the jump to ZFS as I keep buying oddly shaped hard drives on sale rather than building a good consistent array. But MergerFS has performed well and is amazingly easy to use. All my disks mount to one single point and I stop worrying about where my data is.
Great community and integration into everything. Conctrols all my smart home devices and I stopped worrying about whether different ecosystems will play together.
This um, plays stuff.
It's like my personal Dropbox.
This started off as a case for a desktop workstation build. I ended up working much more off a laptop and converted the case and parts into the server. This case is great and out of the box has mounting space for 3x 2.5" drives and 3x 3.5" drives and plenty of room for MicroATX.
This is great as it gets you both ZigBee and ZWave. And Home Assistant ties em together. Samsung Smarthings would be a great All-in-one solution for this but I didn't want yet another device.
I love this thing. Sits in a PCI-E slot and has support for 16 more drives. I literally these long SATA -> SAS cables out of the DAS encloser into the external SAS ports of this card. A lot simpler and less to invest into if you're really sure how hardcore your server setup will (need) to be yet.
Even though the V21 has plenty of mounting space for drives - problem came when I bought my 4th drive. I thought about getting a Rosewill 15 bay but I really liked keeping my current setup and then stumbled onto this.
Needed the 3 pin modAmazon
Almost same drive as Elements but is a BestBuy exclusive.
I got a ton of files - I need to probably get some parity drives and set up SnapRAID immediately
The idea is that I will have automated scripts that backs up things like documents to S3 and RAW photos to Glacier. WIP
This is just a distant idea