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Hi

 

I am not a specialist so it is better to ask how properly do something that I am thinking about.

I am user of synolgy DS408 from around 5 years and I loved it until it began to run out of space. The minus is that I can not add more drives, can not install DSM 5, and can not play media files by hdmi. I was thinking about changing it to asustor NAS because it has hdmi, but it is too expensive for me. Thats why I decided to buy new case and I got cheap used HTPC case with core i5 CPU+ mainboard with place for even 8 hdds. Now I have a dilemma. I would like to use this pc as a home server ( like my old DiskStation) and also as Kodi player in living room, to play videos on tv and home cinema projector.

Yesterday I found this forum and I learn constantly something new. I would like to ask what will be the best solution to get fully working xpenology sytem and kodi on it ? Should I install xpenology as main OS and then virtualbox spk + f.ex Kodibuntu? Or maybe install some virtual machine as main system and add xpenology and kodi as virtual machines? ( I never tried something like that honestly :wink: )

 

What do You think about it?

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I would start 'simply' and build an xpe/dsm NAS and install synology media server and or Plex media server and try streaming to your tv and projector. If you 'must' have Kodi, I'd setup a Raspberry Pi for that :smile:

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I can stream from synology by dlna, but I prefer some media center. I have some 2 cheap android players with xbmc, but instead of that I would like to have Kodi player and synology server in one box :smile:

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Ok so you want to use Kodi with the HDMI output of the mobo to your TV?

 

Might be easiest to install Kodibuntu, then use Virtualbox to run XPE/DSM

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Yes. My new computer needs to be used for 2 things. First is to use it like original syno server ( and get rid of my old ds408), second as multimedia player/ videos played by motherboard hdmi out. Just like it is possible in asustor

but in my own diy server :smile: .

 

Yesterday I bought used ssd and I was thinking to use it as system disk/ the rest will be hdds for data ( does xpenology system install on one drive or it makes copies on all hdds ?).

Now i am looking for best solution to get it work and have my data safe. Maybe just install xpenology and plugins for it (virtualbox and kodibuntu ). Maybe some other way will be better f.ex. win10 , virtualbox and 2 virtual machines- xpe and kodibuntu ( but i never tried something like that).

What do you think about it?

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afaik DSM does not have virtualbox or kodibuntu plugins, (packages) and I cant see how you could set it up to output video through an hdmi, its not designed the same as the asustor.

I think your only option is as I said before, run kodibuntu as the main O/S and for media playback and install virtualbox to run a vm version of XPE/DSM for data storage and DSM features you like

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Yes. I tried with win 10 and virtual box but I got error in kubuntu ( something with graphic acceleration/ my passive cooled radeon is not supported anymore) / and I could view it only in virt.box window.Later i tried with xpenology + virtualbox+kubuntu, but it was the same. Yesterday I made clean install of Kodibuntu and I will try to get working virtual xpenology on lubuntu desktop ( but thats after my holiday).

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