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Nov 18, 2014
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NAS Recommendation

Hi Guys,

Looking for a NAS that will serve as an Active Directory server for 4 windows PC's, has an audio in (or capable of doing that off a USB sound stick), file storage and is powerful enough to run a Windows 10 installation with some lightweight software on it (Radioreference audio feed, Weather software and Automatic Email Manager)

Any thoughts or recommendations?
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just use any old pc with decent specs. i'm still rocking a q6600 with 8gb ram and a SSD it works extremely well for file storage and client backups.
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JonSnow wrote: just use any old pc with decent specs. i'm still rocking a q6600 with 8gb ram and a SSD it works extremely well for file storage and client backups.
Thanks, but I can't for this business environment.
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You need something with warranty and support?
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Synology supports being a domain controller with their active directory server.

Various NAS devices (Synology, QNAP, etc.) support a virtual machine server, which should allow you to run Win10 in a VM.
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Poutsounia wrote: You need something with warranty and support?
Yes.
I have done research and know that Synology and Qnap are the two to go with, however I can't really get it clear which model would be able to support running a windows virtual machine with some non intensive software.
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rrabbit10 wrote: Yes.
I have done research and know that Synology and Qnap are the two to go with, however I can't really get it clear which model would be able to support running a windows virtual machine with some non intensive software.
You want to run a VM on the NAS? The guest OS is Windows? No QNAP or Synology except the highest products will do. The ARM based models can barely transcode a DVD size file. The Atom based ones are marginally better. You'll be lucky if you get 2gigs of RAM. These are file servers. That's it.

You are better of building your own PC.

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