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By dustin_ds3000 ยท 9 replies
Mar 5, 2014
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  1. I know the parts are overkill for what I will be using it for, to serve media to TV, phones, and pc's. it will also back up my pc's weekly, file server, and ftp sync to an offsite location. I will be testing things like active directory and VMware because I use these are work but I cant really mess around with them to much there. The server is will be running Windows Server 2008 R2 or 2012 R2, I haven't made up my mind yet. I want to be able to leave the server on 24/7 but have it go into a sleep mode until something is requesting data from the server over my lan or internet, I know how to do this but I don't know if its good to do with RAID 6. these are the parts I'm using. If you have any questions please ask me anything

    Fractal Design Define Mini

    Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB x4 in RAID 6

    Rosewill TACHYON-550 550W

    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB)


    Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell 3.0GHz

    Adaptec RAID 6405T

    SAMSUNG 840 EVO 120GB
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2014
  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    Have you got a UPS? What's your question.

    Also can you please tell me how you do the sleep mode? WOL when something requests access?
  3. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 878   +20

    With Server 2012 R2 you have to make sure all of your drivers are whql and not the generic driver to enable S3 sleep in the power settings. WOL will be enabled. I have an older UPS but it might be replaced soon.
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    I was under the impression that attempting to access an offline file share will not send a WOL packet. Unless there's some other tool you're using, or a functionality I don't know about.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,922   +1,279

    Ask explained here
  6. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    What I'm saying is, that I wasn't aware that explorer.exe sends WOL packets if the file share is offline.

    Or, is that the case - that it doesn't?

    If yes, then OP needs to use some gateway service that sends the WOL packet, not explorer.exe. This is what I'm curious about, because I haven't seen such an install myself before.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,922   +1,279

    From my experience with company infrastructures (my guess is) I think not. If it were true, then MAPPED DRIVES
    could be brought online by any client with a mapping.
  8. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 878   +20

    Explorer.exe does not send WOL packets so I will be using an android app on my phone over wifi to send out the WOL packet. now im just searching for a raid 6 card that works with S3 sleep
  9. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    I see, that's what I was asking. So there isn't any automation in the process at all.

    Just wondering. :)
  10. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 878   +20

    Here is an update for anybody who is interested. I used these parts.

    Fractal Design Define R4
    Rosewill TACHYON-550 550W

    Noctua NF-A14 PWM 140mm Case Fan X4

    Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell 3.0GHz

    HGST Deskstar NAS 3TB X5 for RAID 6
    WD Black 500 GB for OS


    G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB DDR3 1866

    Adaptec 2274200-R 7805Kit RAID Card

    Adaptec Flash Module 700

    I installed server 2012 R2 without any problems, but post install I had to use some unofficial Intel drivers for the Intel i217 NIC

    After that I got everything updated normally. To get WOL to work I had to make sure Fast boot was turned off in the UEFI.

    Next step is to do some scripting in DD_WRT on my router so that if my server isnt pingable when an ip within my network sends any packet to the server the router will automatically send the WOL packet as well.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2014

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