HC2 as a home server

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HC2 as a home server

Unread post by m00se » Sat May 25, 2019 3:13 am

After a lot of test installs, I have my HC2 up and running as a home server. OS (Armbian Ubuntu 18.04) and data are on a 2TB Ironwolf. I replaced Network Manager with Netplan after discovering that systemd/networkd couldn't create virtual interfaces on this hardware. I may have missed something there, but netplan allows me to have multiple IPs and works, so it won.

It's running...
-Samba for the Windoze PCs
-FTP for the WiFi cams
-rclone for syncing with gdrive
-pihole
-LibreNMS

I couldn't make Librenms work right in Lighttpd (which came with pihole) - it kind-of worked until Libre did a daily update and then didn't work at all. After replacing Lighttpd with Apache all is well.

The HC2 was a project to replace a Supermicro Atom server with something less power-hungry and *quieter*. The HC2 consumes about 6.5w average, compared to 28w average for the Supermicro. And since there's no fans, the only noise is the occasional chatter of the harddrive.

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Unread post by odroid » Tue May 28, 2019 1:33 pm

Glad to hear you are running a low-power and quiet home server now. :D
I hope other users can help you to enable "librenms".

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Unread post by m00se » Wed May 29, 2019 1:18 am

Librenms is fine under Apache. I had found directions to run a previous version under lighttpd, but it never really worked right with the current version of Librenms.

A question though - what are people using as "feet" on the HC1/HC2? I'm using 1/4" OD vinyl tube cut to half-inch lengths and split so they slide on to the heatsink. It then sits on an old mouse pad.

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Unread post by odroid » Wed May 29, 2019 8:57 am

Thank you sharing a workaround to run Librenms.

Nobody seemed not to be interested in DIY "feet" implementation for HC1/HC2 so far. The OD vinyl tube must be a reliable and economical idea to reduce the HDD's on-going vibration shock.
Can you share a picture of your anti-shock "feet" solution?

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Unread post by m00se » Thu May 30, 2019 4:33 am

odroid wrote: ↑
Wed May 29, 2019 8:57 am
Can you share a picture of your anti-shock "feet" solution?
Pics as requested. The feet are not a tight fit so I'm going to try rubber cement soon. The harddrive screws are from Home Depot - the included screws were the wrong thread for a 3.5" drive. I used 6-32x3/8" screws.

I have no idea why my HC2 looks bent in the pics - it's most definitely straight.
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Unread post by odroid » Thu May 30, 2019 9:59 am

Great! The pictures are very helpful to understand how you made it. :)

BTW, we recently knew that some HDDs are not compatible with the M3 screws. :(
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Unread post by tomolewis » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:48 am

I'm interested in something as a backup to my main NAS setup .... What kind of network transfer speeds to you get over samba? Thanks 👍

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Unread post by odroid » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:41 am

We could get near 100MB/sec with a 3.5inch HDD.
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Unread post by tomolewis » Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:21 am

Nice, that's pretty close to the max for gb eth then!............. looks like I'll be buying one very soon!

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Re: HC2 as a home server

Unread post by Pajaro » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:22 am

Aloha,

I have an Odroid-HC1 and looking to install a Linux Server. What would you recommend, since I am a newbie to Linux and all their distro's and nomenclatures! I plan to install NextCloud after installing the Linux Server. Appreciate any advice to which Linux Server I should use.

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