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General => News and Updates => Topic started by: Brahim on October 21, 2011, 09:25:10 pm

Title: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: Brahim on October 21, 2011, 09:25:10 pm
As per the title, the preliminary phase of beta testing has started.
For the first build, only a select few users have been granted access so that the initial testing phase can be a little more focused.

If all goes as planned, the general public will have access to the new builds within the next two weeks.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: gprime on October 21, 2011, 10:01:27 pm
Nice to hear !  :D
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: Gaevonn on October 21, 2011, 10:31:16 pm
Awesome.  Great work, Brahim.  Will this include the updated Storage Pool code?  I am looking forward to re-trying my storage server again.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: someone on October 21, 2011, 11:26:46 pm
For the first build, only a select few users have been granted access so that the initial testing phase can be a little more focused.
How do you find out if you have been one of the selected few or not?
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: paavor on October 22, 2011, 03:47:08 am
only a select few users have been granted access

NOOOOOOOOOooo!  >:( It's like.. "There is some candy, but you can't have it"  :'(

Seriously, thank you for the info and your hard work. I'm gonna wait patiently like a good boy.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: liq456 on October 22, 2011, 12:33:09 pm
There seems to be a problem I was not notified that I was one of the chosen ones.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: someone on October 22, 2011, 12:49:26 pm
Maybe the access is granted by the number of quality posts? ;-)
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: Ramshackles on October 22, 2011, 01:24:21 pm
Think that mail must've gotten snatched by my spam-filter Brahim :)
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: Brahim on October 22, 2011, 02:09:17 pm
How do you find out if you have been one of the selected few or not?

There is a special forum section.
If you can see it, you've been granted access. ;)
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: someone on October 22, 2011, 03:29:06 pm
There is a special forum section.
If you can see it, you've been granted access. ;)
Thx, I downloaded but not gonna be able to install until next week.  Busy the whole weekend.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: Ramshackles on October 22, 2011, 06:30:14 pm
Cant wait to try this out :)

Just built my new storage rig, it's running WHS2011.

Is there any idea in installing the preview version or should I wait for the "open beta"?
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on October 23, 2011, 03:04:19 am
2.0 XII preview is pretty ok why don't you use it.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: micomateh on October 24, 2011, 12:12:13 pm
@Someone - I better start posting then... lol
I agree w/ NLV - XII Preview has been working excellently for me. Give it a try!
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on October 24, 2011, 12:17:13 pm
OK we'll make sure NLV knows you agree with him.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: someone on October 24, 2011, 02:49:43 pm
OK we'll make sure NLV knows you agree with him.
I see, you are the clones of the test subject, NLV.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: djsecrist on October 25, 2011, 01:53:14 am
My wife will be gone for the weekend...  Perfect time to start testing out something like this...  I would LOVE to download it!  If it isn't going to be open to the general public by Friday, can I please get access to the super secret double probation forum???
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: bilbo on October 26, 2011, 05:00:33 pm
Will the storage pool still show as a removable drive in this version?
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: Brahim on October 26, 2011, 05:26:39 pm
Will the storage pool still show as a removable drive in this version?

You will have to option to make it a removable drive or a fixed one.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: someone on October 26, 2011, 09:35:50 pm
You will have to option to make it a removable drive or a fixed one.
And the removable is set to true by default.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: bilbo on October 27, 2011, 03:24:55 am
You will have to option to make it a removable drive or a fixed one.

Thanks, looking forward to this.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: spiffyp on October 27, 2011, 11:52:31 am
I assume that this is only the Windows version that's currently available?

If a new Linux version is available, it'd be willing to give it some testing.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: bilbo on October 27, 2011, 02:33:25 pm
Can I test, be a beta adopter please?
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: dasmarx on October 30, 2011, 02:14:08 pm
I would like to be one of your beta testers aswell. I am using 38 tb which i want to use as real-time raid and i just managed to turn off my disks today (with power management of the disks and not by windows as they are presented as scsi disks and windows does not spin them down)
Anyway, as you mentioned that flexraid will only work on the drives it should work on, i am looking forward to use flexraid on this :)

A new problem is, if i open a folder with my current program (which is drivebender as it has working ntfs shares etc) is, that only 1 drive after another is getting a wake up signal.
I would like to test, if flexraid has the same behavior or if you could change that if it happens with flexraid too.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jjw7mc on November 02, 2011, 11:05:16 am
For those of you that are testing the beta, how do you like it? Can you share any details?...the anticipation is killing me...cant wait for this to go live.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: Brahim on November 02, 2011, 03:12:53 pm
For those of you that are testing the beta, how do you like it? Can you share any details?...the anticipation is killing me...cant wait for this to go live.

I just love it... the best thing ever.  ;D
I might invite a few more people to test the beta release this coming weekend.
So, those interested should post in this thread if they have not already. :)
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: m3g4tr0n on November 02, 2011, 03:32:06 pm
put me down for a beta test.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: helinus on November 02, 2011, 04:33:58 pm
I'm interested in the beta too
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jake on November 02, 2011, 05:57:54 pm
If your looking to add people for the beta I'd love to be in
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: toricred on November 02, 2011, 06:37:47 pm
Please include me.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: dreamnid on November 02, 2011, 06:47:10 pm
I would love to be part of the beta test too!
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jjw7mc on November 02, 2011, 07:28:51 pm
I would love to give it a spin.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: manxam on November 02, 2011, 09:25:26 pm
I'm running Ubuntu and currently have 36TB online running Tx with 3x 3TB parity drives. I'd love to test the storage pooling function of the new build as preview II was unstable in this regard.

Thanks for all of your hard work

Cheers!
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: grsnow on November 03, 2011, 01:54:59 am
I just love it... the best thing ever.  ;D
I might invite a few more people to test the beta release this coming weekend.
So, those interested should post in this thread if they have not already. :)

I would like to be part of the beta as well. I have a Computer that I just put together just for testing purposes before I go live on a production server.

Gary
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: mark11234 on November 03, 2011, 04:07:02 am
I just love it... the best thing ever.  ;D
I might invite a few more people to test the beta release this coming weekend.
So, those interested should post in this thread if they have not already. :)

I'd like to participate in the beta. I have two 12 TB setups in the lab that i'd like to try this out on.

Thanks for your efforts so far.

Mark
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: corellian on November 03, 2011, 04:32:38 am
Would love to test the new Storage Pooling functionality!
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: Cavemanz on November 03, 2011, 06:27:33 am
Id love to test the beta. My setup is ESXi 5.0 with WHS2011, 23TB total.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: cheese528 on November 03, 2011, 12:57:01 pm
I would love to be part of this beta too.  I have 10 drives I would like to put on FlexRAID.  Othewise, I will just go with the older preview version.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 03, 2011, 02:32:48 pm
Add me to the list of those drooling, I mean wanting to test out the next version. Have 10 2TB drives waiting to build into a media server!
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: h4x0rjsm on November 03, 2011, 10:56:20 pm
I would love to help out with the beta testing. I've got my new rig assembled with 2 x 2TB drives and 4 x 1 TB drives I'm dying to pool together in flexRAID. Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 04, 2011, 03:59:07 am
Heh... interesting.
Seems we have an avalanche effect at last.
I hope Brahim can cope with this, but that was his plan after all - I think.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: gprime on November 04, 2011, 06:27:21 am
Hey Brahim if you want someone to test it un Ubuntu 64 bit with 15 tb, mostly in tx2+ ;)
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: brh on November 04, 2011, 01:24:34 pm
I would also love to test the beta release.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 04, 2011, 01:36:59 pm
Me too!
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: bilbo on November 04, 2011, 04:49:13 pm
I just love it... the best thing ever.  ;D
I might invite a few more people to test the beta release this coming weekend.
So, those interested should post in this thread if they have not already. :)

Is it the weekend yet?   ;)
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: johner on November 04, 2011, 05:25:17 pm
me too please, I need a reason to stop trying to make unraid work.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 04, 2011, 05:34:51 pm
me too please, I need a reason to stop trying to make unraid work.

I was so close to buying Unraid a week or so ago..until I discovered Flexraid ;)  I love the idea that I can have Windows 7 and drive pooling with parity ALL on the SAME computer!!   :o
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 04, 2011, 06:27:33 pm
I am owner of a full pro version of unRAID for years.
The system is ok and "just works".

What made me switch?

1) Since a machine was 24/7 on, it should do more things (if I could, it should even cook for the family). Hate it or love it, Windows CAN do more things for the "end customer" fuzz free. This was hard under the closed (!!!!!!) system that unRAID (although based on Slackware) offers. This is about to change (not THAT much, but anyway considerably) with version 5. But then we come to the next reason...

2) ...this 5.0 was never coming. In fact it must be beta for years and "non baptized" for even more. Even with smaller updates, small hacks to give additional functionality to unRAID broke and had to be re-created (for example I was running a torrent client service and some streaming service - since all my media are already in that machine). But the more serious reason (and reason that leads to this very#2 also) is the following.

3) Tom. Tom although he sells a COMMERCIAL PRODUCT (and also hardware), finds it very much ok to just disappear for weeks. Or months. Interestingly enough he satisfies new key requests, but gets completely absent from the community or even more seriously... debugging. In fact I had the same reservations with Brahim also (let's not elaborate now), but FlexRAID has the excuse that it IS A FREEWARE product. unRAID is not even shareware; It is commercial. Tom disappears and then comes back like nothing happened. Even worse, he accepts the help of 2-3 very helpful community members (AND ACTUALLY HIS CLIENTS) who WITHOUT ANY COMPENSATION served as his support team. Maybe they can accept that, but I am Greek and I cannot even be a witness to that tyranny. I am happy to see that last time I checked he eventually gave them some moderator status in the forum (so they can also do his work moderating). On the other hand his company (which I SERIOUSLY doubt has any other real member than Tom himself) is always referenced by him as something vague and faceless. Like IBM is talking to you or something. :D

Anyway good luck to unRAID and ANY project for that matter, I am out of there (but reserve the right to reuse my license if I even feel I need to).

Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 04, 2011, 06:42:53 pm
Honestly NLS...You hit the nail on the head on why I didn't go with UNRAID. I just can't spend that kind of money and never know if one day the whole thing is going to disappear. The whole USB key registration makes me pause. I am hoping FlexRaid "matures" in the next few months to the point where I feel completely comfortable using it as a true replacement to WHS V1. Real time parity would be wonderful. From what i can tell, that is the only thing UNRAID has over FlexRaid at this point. I looked over at their forums and a new 5 beta is out but there are still problems as simple as drives not spinning up or down correctly :o  For over a $100, that kind of thing should be automatic. Now wouldn't we have to laugh if Brahim was really "Tom"?  :P
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 05, 2011, 03:51:28 am
Well it would be rather awkward. :D

Since I've talked to both (through email) I can say they are different characters though.

As for 5 beta... It is a beta and WILL have issues. The laughable thing is that this goes on for YEARS (!!!).
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: chuckS on November 08, 2011, 11:20:15 am
I would also be interested in trying this out as well. I have been on a search for a storage system that has the following attributes:

- Raid like functionality with a parity drive. I do not like the current DE solutions with folder duplication. When storing TB of media files this gets too expensive in wasted disk space.
- Like to have a file system on each drive such that in the advent of multiple drive failures I only lose the content of the failed drives. Like the idea of being able to pop a drive into another machine and simply copy my data. This basically rules out HW based Raid.
- Like to be able to add disks of different sizes at different times as I expand storage. Again basically rules out HW raid.

I could go on but suffice it to say that so far it looks like unRaid and maybe FlexRaid are my two current choices. I am currently installing the latest unRaid to give it a try. However I also have a new WHS 2011 build that I would prefer to have the above functionality run under. It sits un-finished as I wait for some storage solution. As some other comments note above for me Windows is a more comfortable and versatile solution than Linux based unRaid.

OK a long winded story to ask PLEASE let me try this. (Even willing to pay for the final release as I appreciate the hard work that goes into these endeavors)
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: sskumar1 on November 08, 2011, 06:40:31 pm
Hi,
Any ETA on the final release?
Cheers
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: dasmarx on November 11, 2011, 08:48:39 am
So, weekend again? Any new beta for us to test?  ;)
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 11, 2011, 10:03:37 am
I suspect (without knowing his actual plans) that if the results in his next (soon coming) private build are good during the weekend, then we are moving towards either a public beta in the week that's coming OR a non-beta in a week or so (or both of course).

What I know is that some extensive changes need to be done to satisfy more possible user cases. FlexRAID seems already great if you have a nice 50TB pool of 1000 blue-rays (don't make the math, I chose the two numbers semi-randomly) - but not very good in handling a 5TB pool with 2000000 smaller files (my case, this is how I know). Brahim said he knows how to improve this.

Apart from such things, on the side he keeps adding nice details that make the whole thing much more user friendly.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 11, 2011, 10:44:45 am
What I know is that some extensive changes need to be done to satisfy more possible user cases. FlexRAID seems already great if you have a nice 50TB pool of 1000 blue-rays (don't make the math, I chose the two numbers semi-randomly) - but not very good in handling a 5TB pool with 2000000 smaller files (my case, this is how I know). Brahim said he knows how to improve this.

NLS...How does Flexraid act differently with a large number of smaller files vs a smaller number of large files? Is it database problems? Because I have a mix of 20,000 - 30,000 files on the smaller side and several thousand on the larger side of about 8TB total. Each time I think I have the DE replacement solved, another question comes up. Microsoft has me hooked on DE and I can't give it up!!!!!! LOL   :)
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 11, 2011, 10:53:55 am
I don't know how FlexRAID works so I cannot answer that.

Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: Brahim on November 11, 2011, 01:15:44 pm
NLS...How does Flexraid act differently with a large number of smaller files vs a smaller number of large files? Is it database problems? Because I have a mix of 20,000 - 30,000 files on the smaller side and several thousand on the larger side of about 8TB total. Each time I think I have the DE replacement solved, another question comes up. Microsoft has me hooked on DE and I can't give it up!!!!!! LOL   :)

NLS is referring to a bug that was affecting users using the real-time RAID feature and having several million files.
When starting the storage pool, FlexRAID was unnecessarily re-validating all the files, which caused the storage pool to take a very long time to start.
That issue is fixed for the next beta build.
Outside of that, FlexRAID never had any issue handling any number of files.

Also, even with that bug, RAIDs with a few hundreds of thousand of files is a non-issue as far as a reasonable time for the storage pool to start.
Always do your own testing to see how thing work for you.

Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 11, 2011, 01:28:02 pm
Thanks Brahim for clearing that up! Can't wait for the Beta build coming next week. Will be nice to get off of WHS V1 with the never ending balancing that occurs every hour on the hour. Also will be nice to have drives that can spin down when not in use!
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 11, 2011, 02:15:28 pm
You should get away from WHS v1 FlexRAID or no FlexRAID like YESTERDAY.
UTTER cr*p. Been there, done that.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 11, 2011, 02:51:09 pm
WHS V1 did have 1 GREAT feature. Drive pooling. No matter what else, that was very nice. But all the other crap, SLOW, Drive re-balancing on the hour, Drives NEVER spinning down, SLOW!
Can't wait for the beta coming next week. I am afraid to copy over 8TB of movies to the current preview version. Silly I know, but I'll wait till next week. Only a few more days now. I want to use both Raid and Drive pooling.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: haxxorboi on November 11, 2011, 02:57:37 pm
You should get away from WHS v1 FlexRAID or no FlexRAID like YESTERDAY.
UTTER cr*p. Been there, done that.
What? Can you restate what you wrote? I'm still running WHS v1 with DE and it's been stable for about two years.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 11, 2011, 02:59:28 pm
Drive pooling can also be done with extended partitions on dynamic disks.

You are lucky you haven't seen the really dark side of WHS v1. I had to reinstall from scratch twice. One of them for no reason at all. Just the OS "felt like it". You know there is no actual repair for WHS eh? You reinstall. Then all the stupid "tombstones" need to be rebuilt.

And the disk/partition size limitations? Nice! (not)
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: haxxorboi on November 11, 2011, 03:32:51 pm
Luckily I've not had failure happen. Did WHS2011 fix the repair issue?
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 11, 2011, 03:46:20 pm
WHS2011 has many of the benefits of its underlying kernel (same as Win2k8R2) which is stable and fast.
Also uses less "tricks" and relies on REAL protocols plus a nice friendly dashboard.

In the end though WHS2011 is nothing much. For people with access to licenses (like me), WHS2011 looses its single winning point: price.
I opted for SBS2011 Standard instead. Makes way more sense for a 24-7 machine. It collects all my mail (for my domain AND for my yahoo and gmail accounts) and I actually implemented mail for all my family (complete with web access), I run a nice μTorrent service, has all my data with CENTRAL security (being a domain controller), I use Orb on it for my streaming etc. and doesn't restrict me behind a dashboard for whatever else I might need in the future.

Note that as much as you seem to love WHSv1, I consider my own opinion an "expert" opinion (give me a few seconds to boast). I was beta tester for WHSv1, WHS7 (which became WHS2011), SBS7 (which became SBS2011 - also in it's "Essentials" form, which is much different than Standard).

This is helpful to some: http://titlerequired.com/2011/06/10/sbs-2011-essentials-vs-whs-2011-whats-the-difference/


Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 11, 2011, 04:25:54 pm
True about the differences...but most of us have to pay. So that means that WHS 2011 wins. Again, not because it is better, but 50.00 is to good a deal to pass up. Hell, WHS v1 was 100.00. Win 7 is between 100-130 depending on oem vs retail. Wish I had access to SBS but I'll settle for WHS 2011. Just another truth that we never get everything we want in this life. While I look forward to building my new media server using flexraid & WHS 2011, I do not look forward to the nightmare of copying over 8TB's of movies! I have everything seperated by genre and shortcuts for all the actors. This will take forever.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 11, 2011, 04:28:49 pm
Not so much of a nightmare.
Disks have become much faster. Copying whole folders is good for defragmentation too. :)
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 11, 2011, 05:08:45 pm
It's not so much copying over the original movie, but creating all the shortcuts for genre and actors.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 11, 2011, 05:14:40 pm
You create shortcuts for genre and actors?
Erm... what exactly do you do? I am confused.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 11, 2011, 05:18:58 pm
I have all my moves themselves in folders by alphabet. Then I create shortcuts by genre and actor. For example, westerns and clint eastwood. So if I am in the mood for a western, I can browse to the westerns folder and look through the shortcuts for something to watch. Or if I want to watch a clint movie, I do the same only with the folder titled Clint Eastwood.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 11, 2011, 05:32:48 pm
I can make your life easier actually.
http://jacquelin.potier.free.fr/ShortcutsSearchAndReplace/
I've used it to fix my Emulator shortcuts to their new destination. Yes bulk.

You can buy me a MineCraft giftcode (now that it's cheap but I can still cannot buy it). Or a "thank you".

Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 11, 2011, 05:44:02 pm
Have to go for the "Thank You" LOL. Thanks.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 11, 2011, 05:52:56 pm
:D OK.

Maybe next time.
Anybody else? :P


Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: m0t0k0 on November 12, 2011, 06:45:19 pm

Why do you use short cuts why not a dedicated media front end which by using a database will allow you to brows as you wish but without making any short cuts.
It could also gather cover art and such to make browsing much more pleasurable.

NLS: how do you get your keys do you have an MSDN account?

For me I cannot see any benefit in SBS but WHS has media centre so will work with my tuner cards.
 
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jasonwc on November 12, 2011, 08:49:24 pm
I have all my moves themselves in folders by alphabet. Then I create shortcuts by genre and actor. For example, westerns and clint eastwood. So if I am in the mood for a western, I can browse to the westerns folder and look through the shortcuts for something to watch. Or if I want to watch a clint movie, I do the same only with the folder titled Clint Eastwood.

You should consider using software such as XBMC or Mediaportal. I know that Mediaportal w/ the Moving Pictures plugins can create dynamic groups like you describe very easily. For example you could create a group for movies with Clint Eastwood, or a group for Westerns made after a certain year with an IMDB ranking above 7.0. Lots of combinations are possible, and it's much easier and more configurable than using shortcuts in Explorer.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 12, 2011, 10:27:37 pm
I'll give XBMC a try when I rebuild my server in the coming weeks. I am waiting for Brahim to release the next beta before doing so. I guess I have always done the shortcut thing so it was just habit. ::) It will be A LOT OF WORK to build a database of 8TB worth of movies. LOL. Guess it will keep me out of trouble. :)
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 13, 2011, 02:43:40 am
Try both.
MediaPortal has the added functionality that it was always a Windows software (and not designed for much different systems and then ported) plus if you have TV/Sat tuners it's almost the only choice.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 13, 2011, 01:20:18 pm
...making good progress in bug squashing...

If Brahim keeps up like that, we'll definitely have a public beta soon and possibly actually a short beta before a 2.0 release.

In fact if people compare first 2.0 preview with current build, they'll find that Brahim should reconsider his versioning method. :)

Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: m0t0k0 on November 13, 2011, 01:46:23 pm
MediaPortal rocks I use it with the StreamedMP skin which installs some of the plugins like Moving-Pictures and MP TV-Series for you. There are some screen shots here http://www.team-mediaportal.com/extensions/widescreen/streamedmp

...making good progress in bug squashing...

If Brahim keeps up like that, we'll definitely have a public beta soon and possibly actually a short beta before a 2.0 release.

In fact if people compare first 2.0 preview with current build, they'll find that Brahim should reconsider his versioning method. :)



I cant believe the amount of work this guy does for free. I will have to find a donation for him once Christmas is paid for.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jasonwc on November 13, 2011, 03:39:08 pm
I'll give XBMC a try when I rebuild my server in the coming weeks. I am waiting for Brahim to release the next beta before doing so. I guess I have always done the shortcut thing so it was just habit. ::) It will be A LOT OF WORK to build a database of 8TB worth of movies. LOL. Guess it will keep me out of trouble. :)

Moving Pictures is pretty automated. I added about 4.5 TB of movies and only a few corrections were necessary. I use the IMDB+ plugin as well to properly categorize movies in a series (e.g. Harry Potter films).
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 13, 2011, 03:54:10 pm
nice
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 13, 2011, 04:52:50 pm
Looks like I'm going to have a busy week with not only the rebuild but trying out MediaPortal and XBMC as well   ;D
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 13, 2011, 04:57:22 pm
ah a week is not enough :D

Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 13, 2011, 06:52:10 pm
Do you guys know if MediaPortal and XBMC work with WHS 2011? I'm assuming that they do being that it is windows based, but just thought I'd ask.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 14, 2011, 03:29:29 am
They do. Although I would set those on a nice clean PLAIN Win7.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: m0t0k0 on November 14, 2011, 05:32:54 am
You can install the MediaPortal TV server on a WHS 2011 box if it has a tuner in there.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: jimmydrac on November 14, 2011, 10:55:44 am
They do. Although I would set those on a nice clean PLAIN Win7.
By PLAIN do you mean x32 or just NO additional programs like encoders and games and such?
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 14, 2011, 10:59:34 am
No it can be x64, although I would choose x32 for my HTPC (3.5GB RAM are more than enough for an HTPC) mostly to be sure I won't run to driver issues.
And as clean as it can be.

Personally... my server (SBS2011) is separate from my HTPC (W7 Ultimate x32) and my "every day" PC (W7 Ultimate x64).
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: m0t0k0 on November 14, 2011, 12:54:37 pm
You will need a set of codecs tho I use LAV Filters. It has audio and video decoder and also a media splitter all in one package it will be all you need.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 14, 2011, 04:35:47 pm
MediaPortal will install what is needed and most probably ffdshow is enough. There is also a codec package in mediaportal forum, esp. for mediaportal.

I do not like generic codec packages. They install much crap and in MANY cases (read: NOT rare) they even replace newer codecs with older.

Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: m0t0k0 on November 14, 2011, 06:04:02 pm
LAV Filters just installs the basics you need nothing extra. Its like FFDShow but without the need for haali. You can get it as a  plugin http://www.team-mediaportal.com/extensions/video-audio/lav-filters its about the most minimal way you can play all content. It can even bit stream DTS-HD

There are also some work arounds FFDShow employ to support some content but the developer of LAV refuses not to do it properly
Here is the main website http://1f0.de/

You could also use Microsoft video decoder (which is pretty good) and just use splitter with audio
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 17, 2011, 09:29:31 am
A small update by Brahim.
Seems a possible public beta will come out this weekend.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: m0t0k0 on November 17, 2011, 01:02:41 pm

I know we just have to wait for this and Brahim is a very busy man but any chance we could have a little more information as to what problems he has and how he is fixing them?
The whole project is far too complex for me to understand but I'm curious anyway.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 17, 2011, 01:29:21 pm
There is an issue in some systems (like mine) where editing an existing file... erm... trashes the file. :P
You understand that such an issue means "no go" before resolved.

It is possible that if no solution is found in timely fashion (this my take mind you), he will release a beta with this warning so to see which systems HAVE the issue and which not.

We'll see. He is doing tests right now.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: m0t0k0 on November 18, 2011, 02:31:09 am

When you say a system "like mine" do you mean using a particular RAID engine or the storage pool or a combination of the two?

Is the file recoverable from the parity data?

How does he do testing has he some automated system or is it just a case of physically setting up a running each test?

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There is an issue in some systems (like mine) where editing an existing file... erm... trashes the file.
You understand that such an issue means "no go" before resolved.

I understand that. A data protection system which destroys your data is kind of redundant.
Title: Re: FlexRAID 2.0 Beta Testing has started!
Post by: NLS on November 18, 2011, 03:31:47 am
A system like mine, means my server (SBS2011), possibly MY server only (but we don't know), when using Cruise Control Real Time.

We haven't tried to recover (I suppose it works) because the problem is WHY IT GETS SCREWED.

He is physically logging in my machine and makes tests (or I am).