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Home Server Built - Advice Needed

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Last Modified: 2016-10-27
I have a client that has asked me to configure and deploy a Rackmount Home Server for his residence. Though I am comfortable to build and deploy a Server for a business, since this is my first time to build and deploy a Server for a Home I would like to get some expert advice.

My client is looking to utilize the Home Server for the following main roles:

Media Server- The media server software is the Plex Media Server and maybe in conjunction with XBMC.
Backup Server - For locally attached PCs and Laptop (both windows based and MAC).
File Server

My questions are as follows:


Server Configuration - My initial thoughts on the server configuration is as follows.  Can you please review and give me your thoughts (This is based on what was available at a site for refurbished Servers.  My client has requested that I purchase refurbished equipment in an attempt to keep cost reasonable!):

Chassis:  HP ProLiant DL360 G6 4-Port Chassis
CPU #1: 2.93 GHz Hex-Core Intel Xeon Processor with 12MB Cache -- X5670
CPU #2:       2.93 GHz Hex-Core Intel Xeon Processor with 12MB Cache -- X5670
RAM:     16GB PC3-10600 ECC RDIMM
RAID:      Smart Array P410i 1GB Dual Ports RAID 0-60 FBWC
RAID Level:      RAID 10
HHD #1-4:      300GB 15K RPM 6Gbps SAS 2.5" Hard Drive
Network Card:      Dual Port Gigabit NICs
PSU:       HP 750 Watt PSU w/ Redundant HP 750 Watt PSU
Rails:      HP 1U Sliding Rails without Cable Management
Optical Drive:      DVD-RW
HP Tech Support:  iLo Advanced License – 1 Year Tech Support
***System cost per above: Approximately $3K

OS: Windows Server 2012 R2, 64bit, either Essential or Standard Edition

NAS: Synology DS1815+ NAS.


What other server roles should we consider and keep in mind for home use?
Thanks in advance for all inputs and advice.
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