Kodi and Hyper-V

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  1. Callan05

    Callan05 New Member

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    Kodi and hyper v - a Strange mix of software, I agree.

    Here's the scenario.
    I have a micro Xeon server, running Hyper-V server, domain controllers, wsus, couch potato, sabnzb, unifi, FreeNAS (build in progress), blue iris (2019 sometime..) and some other small things.
    No problem with this setup.

    I have a raspberry pi connected to my tv that does struggle a little with some videos. I was thinking of just getting something more powerful, which lead me to the idea of using a sff computer (nuc etc.) with, for example, 16gb ram, nvme storage for os/boot and HDD for data. Run server 2016/19, Auto login and load Kodi, but also have the hyper v role, running a pair of vm's. (DC and Nas replica).

    While not a conventional setup, I think it might work ok.
    It might also open the door to home automation, where I'd want at least 2 physical hosts for redundancy.

    Has anybody tried this, or something similar?
    Power is a concern, as are size and noise. Cost comes somewhere down this list. Performance is not that important.


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  2. mmo

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    hmm... maybe use a Shield TV instead?
     
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  3. BoredSysadmin

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    I'm running a tiny S905x box (Khadas Vim Pro Gen1) for my TV media client with Kodi on it and zero issues with any video/sound played on it.
    I highly recommend Libreelec (just very thin Linux with Kodi on top) on supported hardware:
    LibreELEC Downloads – LibreELEC
     
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  4. Marsh

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    For the past few weeks, I been experiment with various media server and client ( hardware and software )

    I tried following hardware: NVIDIA shield tv, various Roku , tiny I3-6100 and I5-6500 pc
    Media server software , PLEX , Emby, Jellyfin.
    For testing hardware transcoding, I added a Nivida P400 card ( the little P400 is a single slot card, cheap and fast , amazing value ). Also tested GTX 1060 , GTX 1080Ti, GTX1070Ti.

    In the end, I am very satisfy with a $29 Mecool PRO W S905w tv box. Great value

    The Mecool tv box is running CoreElec KODI v18 off a micro-sd card.
    Then I added the plugin Emby for Koi to populate the local KODI database.
    It direct play every media files, no transcoding. I could even watch video without Emby media server running.
    The whole setup uses the free version of Emby, without the premiere feature.

    Emby software is very light weight process ( if transcoding is not required ), I used the portable Windows version, it works great. Takes few minute to unzip then run the Emby exe.

    I also tested Emby using Proxmox LXC container , with and without Nvidia P400 card for hardware transcode.
     
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  5. BoredSysadmin

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    S905w is slightly modified S905X but without 60fps 4k, least according to some sources.
    S905W vs S905X, which is better and runs faster? | SMALLRT
     
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  6. Callan05

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    Thanks for all the replies and they are valid for a RPI replacement.
    I may still go that path, but the idea of a second/backup hyperv server that I can run a few windows/Linux/bsd vm's is still something I might explore.
     
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  7. Callan05

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    Anybody else running VM's in their lounge room?
     
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  8. Marsh

    Marsh Moderator

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    For 4K 60hz, there is Nvidia Shield , Roku.

    S905w fits my need ( good value , cheap and decent speed , throw away when the next cheap new SOC comes along).

    BTW, Today, I picked up a Roku premiere plus ( roku 4k with Ethernet port , dual band wifi, ethernet port is a must) for $25 on Ebay.

    Too many cheap TV box , too little time to watch the video.
     
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  9. Marsh

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    Not sure what you mean?
     
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  10. Callan05

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    Sorry that wasn't worded well at all.

    What I meant, is anybody running running virtual machines on the same host as doing media duties on a tv/projector.
     
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  11. kapone

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    For the most part, the answer would be no. There are far better ways of running things virtually even for media duties without limiting yourself to a "living room" form factor.
     
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