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  1. Still trying to optimize my network speed. It's still only going as fast as 50MB/s to 60MB/s to write. Right now the Xpenology on hyper-v is running SHR with 2 disk. I tried lan speed test and still yields about 400-500mbps only.


    In DSM settings, it shows as HALF-DUPLEX under lan. Any reason why this wont show up as a full-duplex?


    There's also another issue of the transfers seeing a saw-tooth pattern, high then low then high over and over. The follow transfer was done on host machine to hyper-v Xpenology from SSD to the SATA 6tb shr (mirror with 1 disk).


  2. Quick question for you gents and ladies,


    I just got my second 6TB drive, originally running 1x Segate 6TB in single disk mode within XPEnology under windows 2012 R2 hyper-v. Now I got a second 6TB drive and added it successfully. Now I am in the process of expanding the volume with SHR. How long does it take to do this volume? because I've waited about 24hrs already. What is the proper math to calculate this?


    It's currently hooked up to my PCI-e SATA II card (yep II) and not the Asrock Q1900-ITX mobo SATA (reserving it for my SSD and what not).

  3. You might want to just go over your settings. I have the q1900dc and have no problems casting to my chromecast. I do get some funny lag/skips on my amazon fire stick but that seems like a known issue.


    I can cast 1 stream at 1080p, but when I want to run more than 1 transcodes (we own 2 ipads, 1 chromecsat, and a nexus 7 (and galaxy s4 and note 3). I just want to make it so it wont have to transcode. Also I hate it when it transcodes, it loses the original quality, even when it supposedly transcodes only audio stream, and direct stream the video - i can still tell there's a difference. I've tested this with samsung's smart-tv app (zero transcode) and force transcode like chromecast, ps4 app, or forced transcode by using embedded subtitles. I think when it comes to a tv client, best is probably a simple low powered HTPC. Like schnapps said, that thin client looks good, and I'd probably go for something a little cheaper @ same size.


    I have many 1080p in remux that's why the bitrate is so high.


    Also started to look into openelec/kodi with some plex plugin.


    Great AxlxA, if you will be able to find how to use the hdmi to a gui such xbmc please keep me update, I tried a lot without success. Maybe with hyper-v would be possible!

    I am running windows server 2012 as my main/host OS. So if i wanted to plug it in, it'd just do without any issue. What host are you running?

  4. Schnapps - You are the reason why I went Asrock Q1900-itx/windows/xpenology as hyper-v. =p

    So far running beautifully. Now i'm thinking maybe I should use this as an HTPC as well since I have trouble streaming to TV through chromecast, ps4 app, or even the samsung tv app(slow as a snail with 30 sec GUI loading)

  5. What transfers do you get right now? Where are you sending between?


    I had an issue transfering from my windows 7 desktop to my windows 2012 server R2 + hyper-v xpe. The speed was about 30-40MB/s.

    I disabled a bunch of things on the NIC on server side(i narrowed it to the server side) and my speed is back to 70-90MB/s (about 700mbps with iperf)

  6. XPEnoboot didn't work for me. I was able to get to the update/migrate option, loaded all the drivers/modules and on login prompt.

    Tried launching syno asistant and I get for Status: Configuation lost

    I am using harddrive passthrough... wonder why I'm failing.


    Ah figured out why it wasn't worked. SCSI hyper-v hdd's is not supported. Tried setting it to IDE but still no go. I have revert back to DSM 5.0 update 2 after a series of reboot and reinstalls. Thank god my data is intact.

  7. Hi everyone,

    I was thinking if it's possible to use the XPE on a hyper-v as a classic NAS and another virtual machine installed that can use the hdmi port to have such a htpc.

    Do you have any suggestion about how to use this mobo for both of this use?


    To @AxlxA did you edit the settings from windows server 2012 or directly on XPE? Just to know regarding your speed values, how many HD have you installed on your system? Are you using the passtrought?

    My edits were done in Windows Server 2012 R2's NIC settings.

    I have only 1 harddrive for now, but the transfers were done with iperf AND to both window's server and XPEnology. Server resides on a OCZ Arc 100 240gb SSD and the XPE resides on passthrough seagate 6tb hdd.

  8. HI nickjames,

    I have the case you're asking about.

    The back of the case has a fan switch controller. It takes a molex 4 pin power to feed it. and in the controller has 3 connectors for your case fans. So all you really need is 1 4pin molex from your PSU and just plug the case fans into the controller. Easy.



    Second order of business. I reviewed my gigabit lan speed problem. A reminder of the pertinent:

    Asrock Q1900-ITX

    Windows Server 2012 R2(R2) + Hyper-V Xpenology(Xpe)

    Gigabit lan from mobo to unmanaged gigabit switch then to the rest of my appliances like desktop and other NAS.

    Transfer speeds:

    Desktop <-> NAS 110MB/s either way (full gigabit)

    Desktop <-> R2 70MB/s

    Desktop <-> XPE 70MB/s

    R2 <-> XPE 70MB/s!!! (it's essentially on the same machine but going from host to vm through ethernet? Maybe the gigabit is used by each direction and become 500mbit each way? no clue

    NAS <-> R2 70MB/s

    NAS <-> XPE 70MB/s


    I googled for few hours tonight on this Realtek RTL8111GR or just realtek in general, also in connection with Windows Server OS's.

    Tried many tricks, including the auto-neogotiate, left it back to auto in the end. Updated my drivers to the latest one

    The trick that worked better for me is: within the properties of the NIC, i disabled all the excess features except flow control(left it alone).

    things like ARP offloading, energy efficient ethernet, green, interrupt moderation, checksum offland, large send offlads, NS offload, tcp and udp checksum offloads, wake's and WOL. Pretty much disabled EVERYTHING except Flow Control.

    Now I get(iperf tcp blocks 64 and monitored through NetWorx(windows 7) and server 2012's resource monitor):

    Desktop <-> R2 118MB/s

    Desktop <-> XPE 100MB/s

    NAS <-> R2 85MB/s

    NAS <-> XPE 112MB/s


    Maybe it's voodoo... but I was tired of seeing 40-60MB/s transfers when i know it should reach 100-110MB/s. Final testing with windows transferring a 2gb mkv file was ranging from 77-90MB/s in a saw tooth pattern.

  9. I have the Q1900-ITX you're talking about and yes it can transcode ONE stream of 1080p 20mbps. But if you want it to do more than 1, it won't be powerful enough. I tested it on a 14gb 1080p movie file onto a Nexus 7 with forced transcode(subtitles) and an ipad 3(transcode down to 4mbps quality).

    It works with one device, but once the second one starts, it stutters and lags behind.

  10. Tinkered with the box for the whole day and not sure what did it but now I transfer from windows 7 to xpenology hyper-v @ 75-80MB/s.

    One of the things I did was in windows 7 command prompt:

    netsh interface tcp set global autotuningl=normal

    Many guides said disable... tried that first and speed fell even worse. Then today I made it normal and speed is now back up to better than before. Switching Cat5E cables didn't help and plugging it in to the unmanaged switch vs my Asus RT-AC68U didn't change a thing either.

  11. Okay I can live with 50MB/s since that's how fast I transfer to/from my ReadyNAS Pro 4 with 4x 3TB in raidz-1.


    Just tested this J1900 with Plex transcoding. It can only handle one 1080p stream at a time for transcodes. I guess I was hoping too much out of this little Celeron. Highest temp I saw while transcoding was 53C. Idles around 40C. In a Fractal Node 304 case with fans on LOW.


    Thank you Schnapps and everyone in this post for fixes/issues. I'm happy I got my server running.


    CPU: J1900 2.0ghz Quad Core

    MObo: Asrock Q1900-ITX

    Case: Fractal Node 304

    PSU: Corsai 400W (4 years old)

    PCI-E Rosewill RC-216 SATA II controller card (2xSata II + 2x eSATA)

    SSD OS: OCZ Arc 100 240gb

    HDDs: 1x Seagate 6TB STBD6000100 (Passthrough)

    OS: Windows Server 2012 R2

    Hyper-V: XPEnology + DSM 5.0 4528 Update 2


    *Update* Copying files over to the xpenology showing about 20MB/s instead of the 50MB/s from earlier... looking like it's spiking up to 70MB/s, then down to 3MB/s and over and over.... is this a hyper-v issue or xpenology issue?

  12. Schnapps, thanks. Your posts are the reason I bought the J1900. So even with Win Server 2012 R2, the power consumption didn't change?

    I have a OCZ Arc 100 240gb I'll use for the OS and I am split between MS Server + HyperV core vs just straight up Hyper-V.

    I'll be asking you many questions in the coming week for my install =p

  13. Hi all,

    I just ordered this mobo Asrock Q1900-ITX and planning to stick it into a Fractal Node 304 (6 hdd bays).

    I was initially planning on ESXi but I guess that has shown not to work. What other virtualization options are easiest for a newbie? I have experience with virtualbox but I think I can give hyper-v a go(there's guides).


    My question would be for those that have Hyper-V installed - Can I run this off a USB drive? I'd like to keep the sata ports for scalability with large HDD's. My goal with this box is to create a NAS and a few VM environments for me to play with. In ESXi - I'd need a USB for boot, and a drive for datastore. Is there such a need for Hyper-V? Thanks for helping me out.