[dba-VB] Unraid

jwcolby jwcolby at colbyconsulting.com
Tue Oct 19 21:13:56 CDT 2010

I got a good deal on three 1GB Samsung drives the other day, and as a result I am about to launch an 
UnRaid NAS.


I currently use Windows Home Server but have never been happy with all aspects of what it is and 
does.  I absolutely love the way that it backs up computers, with the sector copy / compare.  Cool 
technology.  Unfortunately my experience has seen an abysmal restore scenario.  I have had restores 
work, I have had restores fail to work.  When they refuse to restore I have just utterly failed to 
force that restore to ever work.

I have the same experience with the backup.  9 of 10 of my machines restore faithfully, the other 
absolutely refuses to see the WHS server.

Backups have to be 100% absolutely reliable and restores have to be 100% absolutely reliable or you 
are rolling dice when you do your backups.  WHS has never had that 100% reliability for me.

So I am about to take down my WHS in favor of an UnRaid NAS and plain old backup software.

We shall see how this goes but it certainly looks promising.

John W. Colby

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