Nicely done. The VMs on each host are then named after characters from that group. Hex is an outlier because strictly speaking it should be the name of a VM on Unseen, but I couldn't resist. VMs on Hex are thus named things like Ant, Mouse, FluffyTeddy, and Bees, and I hope one day to have a GreatBigLever and a sticker that says "Anthill Inside."Wild Scrod - obfuscated
Yeah, we have around 90,000 servers at work so I like to leave the cattle behind to return to my pets.You have one of the better host/vm naming schemes I have seen in a while and I am a fan of having rationale! prodvm001 is SOOO boring.
sadly sometimes boring is necessary / mandated for P&P reasons though.
The chassis of these boxes are generally about the same height as a 3.5" drive so you have no chance of stuffing a big, fairly hot spinning disk in there. As I said I use an HPE Microserver Gen10 Plus for mass storage and that's compact considering what it holds, but if you like this form factor they do usually have 4-6 USB ports on them so technically you could add an external drive array that way.Has anyone found if any TMM style box is able to support a 15mm HDD?
They'd be great for a low power small Plex server, but the lack of (cheap-ish) internal storage options is a downer.
I have an Optiplex 7050 Micro from which I'm typing this messageThe chassis of these boxes are generally about the same height as a 3.5" drive so you have no chance of stuffing a big, fairly hot spinning disk in there. As I said I use an HPE Microserver Gen10 Plus for mass storage and that's compact considering what it holds, but if you like this form factor they do usually have 4-6 USB ports on them so technically you could add an external drive array that way.
However I do think you'd be better off using something that's designed to be a compact NAS in the first place (either off the shelf or self built). These are really great compute units - you could offload Plex re-encoding to them, for example - but mass storage is not their purpose in life. There is a next size up in most of these devices and even those aren't great for cramming drives into either, it's just not the manufacturers' design criteria.
I can only speak to the Lenovo Tinys, but you couldn't fit 15mm drive in the supplied 2.5" drive bracket, they have a plastic tab that limits the height to what looks to me like a standard 7mm. The older Tinys had an external storage unit option connected by USB2 and intended for a slim optical drive. You could buy this fitted out for a (500GB!) 2.5" drive but the maximum supported height also seems to be 7mm (part 0B47375). It's strange because it shares the footprint of the Tiny so you should be able to fit at least 2 drives into it, but that doesn't seem to have been an option.I have an Optiplex 7050 Micro from which I'm typing this message
So I know the form factor, but what isn't documented from anything from most of the manufactuers is the HDD height compatibility.
It doesn't appear to be possible with my unit, or the 9020M, documented in this blog post
I gather that streaming from your home Plex environment is not an option, which would also rule out putting the media temporarily somewhere you can both reach, such as the cloud. (If necessary you could use Rclone to sync and mount the cloud drive on to your family's file system.)My use case is to send something pre-built to family overseas with Debian and Tailscale for a semi-managed Plex instance. Given the travel restrictions currently in place (and ~30 hours of travel without restrictions) something stable, not hacky and as simple as possible is key.
Reading that blog post (and I'm slightly jealous of his domain name since we share first names, although realistically I rarely have answers) it occurs to me that with the Lenovo Tiny (which has a flexible SATA connector) you may be able to remove the plastic drive caddy inside and velcro the drive to the lid of the case - a bit fiddly, but it may work/fit and it's better than your Dell which has a fixed connector.
Had a Precision 5510 with an 6820HQ(also HD530) and the external 4k display was always fine, until I switched to using a PC again on the same monitor. The PC experience was a slot "snappier". It's like the laptop could only put out 50fps on the 60hz display or something.Last week, I picked up a HP 600 G2 mini with I5-6500T , 8gb ram , no drive for $109
It will drive 4K monitor easy.