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Which NAS do you use with your Hackintosh ?

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Unraid user here.
200tb space, dual parity on Supermicro X10SRL-F, Xeon® CPU E5-2680 v3 and 256 gb DDR4 Multi-bit ECC
 
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When I first completed my build, I was running DSM 5 and went through every upgrade until DSM 6.2.3.

I have not tried to upgrade to DSM 7 because it requires a completely new bootloader (kinda like having to switch from Clover to OpenCore) and I'm not entirely sure if the new bootloader works with my motherboard. But, really, it's not a big deal. The standards for SMB, AFS, and NFS are unlikely to change enough to make my NAS unusable. As long as SMB, AFS, and NFS work, there's no urgency to ever upgrade.

The only other service I run on the NAS is Plex and that continues to run fine on DSM 6. In a worse case scenario, I can always run Plex in a Docker container on the NAS or even on a Raspberry Pi.
I knew you were one of us!
Xpenology rules!
I have updated DSM to 7.0.1 and now 7.1
Updates on xpenology are not as easy as on hackintosh, unfortunately. I mean, if something goes wrong with hackintosh update, I still have everything on my NAS. If something goes wrong on xpenology updates, well... have a look on italian local news, right @Azimuth1?
 

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I knew you were one of us!
Xpenology rules!
I have updated DSM to 7.0.1 and now 7.1
Updates on xpenology are not as easy as on hackintosh, unfortunately. I mean, if something goes wrong with hackintosh update, I still have everything on my NAS. If something goes wrong on xpenology updates, well... have a look on italian local news, right @Azimuth1?

Yeah. That's why I'm perfectly content with sticking to DSM 6.2.3. It has been running 24/7 flawlessly for a very long time and I'm loath to mess with it.

If/when I upgrade the hardware running the NAS, I will experiment with RedPill. But I'm sticking with Jun's Loader for the foreseeable future.
 
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I have Synology DS216j for soo many years now...
used as a NAS, SAN, VPN, Website (basic), Mail backup built in mail server and other services at time.

Does the job well so far for all of the above.
But being based on Arm and not a very fast one plus not much memory it is (very) limited in resources.

If I had to buy another one, I still would go for Synology.

I did think building one from the ground up but after the cost/time to build it, it was not worth it.
I do not want nor have the time to tinker to get everything perfect.
I just want to use it.
 
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I tried messing around and installing DSM7 on unRaid using Redpill and it was surprisingly really easy to get setup. Curious to see if I can pass through drives to DSM7 then just use unRaid for VMs and docker.
 

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I tried messing around and installing DSM7 on unRaid using Redpill and it was surprisingly really easy to get setup. Curious to see if I can pass through drives to DSM7 then just use unRaid for VMs and docker.

I don't know about virtual machines, but I know that DSM has built-in support for Dockers.
 

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I have never used a pre-built 'NAS'. I have looked at running DSM on a spare HP Microserver Gen8, but never implemented it.

I currently use a HP ML10 Gen 9 (Skylake Xeon CPU) server running macOS Monterey for all my network server needs.
  • The ML10 contains 3 x 3TB WD Red drives, 3 x 2TB WD Green drives plus an old Crucial 300 SSD for the OS.
  • Has an Apple Broadcom WiFi/BT card, mounted on a PCIe card.
  • An additional 4-port SATA III PCIe card for connecting all the drives, DVD and IcyDock enclosure.
  • Uses the built-in P530 IGPU for graphics.
  • IcyDock Tough Armour enclosure for hot-swapping SSD's and a low profile DVD ROM (never used the DVD!)
  • 1 x 1GB Intel Ethernet port built-in, 1 x Intel 1GB PCIe card, connected to a 16-port network switch > router > modem.
My 8 x Hack's, 4 x real Mac's and 6 x Windows systems use the Server for Media, file sharing, backups etc.

It is always on, runs headless with a dummy DisplayPort adapter, currently running on OC 0.8.3 with Monterey 12.5.1.

Remote login/Screen sharing works with 2560x1440 resolution.
 
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At first HP Microserver Gen 5. Then after running 24/7 for 5 years it died. Upgraded to
Microserver Gen 8. Running RAID 10 (4 disk), 1 SSD for OS, 1 USB for Grub Bootloader.
  • Ubuntu Server, with NFS Server for fileserver
  • NVIDIA P400 for transcoding
Many years ago, I was using SMB and Time Machine. But performance was abysmal. I switched to NFS and never looked back. I should switch back to SMB now since there are so many improvements. But, my system has been running for so long I don't feel like touching it.

Move all daemons/servers to containers, MBR to GUID, Hard links to soft links. Everything works so beautifully and I have scripts running to watch over things 24/7. Dont need to touch anything.
 
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