I am completely new to Linux and am seeking help setting up an Ubuntu home server. I've watched/ read all the install tutorials I could find, but I can't seem to make them apply to both the concept in my head, or my hardware situation, so I need help.
The original concept I had in my head was to have two drives set up as raid1, so that if/when one fails, I can simply shut the machine down, change out the bad drive, and life goes on. And then I would back up the raid to an external hard drive. But now that I'm actually ready to install the server, I'm not sure what the right thing to do is, or how to do it. Is the OS supposed to be on the raid, or should it be on it's own physical drive? How do you back-up the OS should that drive fail? Do I even need a raid?
I have three hard drives at my disposal: (1) 250 GB, (1) 1TB, and (1) 2TB. (I am aware the raid1 would only be 1tb should it consist of the two bigger drives). I currently have just under 600gb in Music, photos, home videos, and movies.
The hardware is: HP Compaq Elite 8300 CMT Core i7-3770 3.4GHz 3rd Gen 8GB(RAM)
Intended Server use:
Provide automated back-ups (specifically for Music, Photos, Home Videos and Movies), as well as back-up for 2 Windows 10 Machines.
Plex Media Server that will transcode Home videos, movies and (future) DVR recordings to household Rokus.
DVR: It seems in my research that MythTV is the best option.
- Remote access to files, maybe "OwnCloud"?
Down-time is a big deal to companies, and usually not a big deal with home servers. However, as a busy father, I don't have a lot of time to mess with computers. I want to both future-proof this server, as well as make it as easy to keep running as possible.
I've looked into Amahi Home Server, but it doesn't seem to be well-liked. My only other option is to just use Windows 10 Pro. I don't want to do that. Will someone teach me the way?