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TimG
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My server PC

Post by TimG » Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:07 am

I thought I would write down the spec's of my BI5 pc so people can start to make a decision on what they can run BI on.

I run a headless server (i.e. a normal pc without a screen) in my garage. I usually use "Splashtop" to remotely log in to it, unless a Windows update has managed to break it. It has:

1. Win10 Pro running on a Samsung 250GB SSD.
2. An AMD FX-8350 8 core CPU running at 4Ghz.
3. 32GB of RAM.
4. A second Samsung 250GB SSD specifically for BI5 database and "New" files.
5. A WD Purple 4TB drive for long term storage of BI5 files. I get about 1 month.
6. Emby media server - Has a 2TB and a 4TB drives for recordings.
7. Homeseer HS3 Pro for all home automation duties. BI plug in for control. Home telephone whitelisting with HSPhone. No spam calls :lol:
8. TVMosaic - Dual S2 satellite receiver with a fixed and a motorised dish. Dual T2 receiver. Uses another 2TB HD for recordings.

BI5 presently has 3 1080 IP cameras on it, and two old analogue cameras via a Piccolo Pro 2 PCI card. BI5 is set for 24/7 recording, but does motion detection alerts too. BI takes around 9% CPU, and all of the other software runs very well, and doesn't miss a beat.

How about you guys and gals ?
Blue Iris v5.0.0.61 | Dahua 5231, Foscam R2, Ertech 4MP, 2 analogue cameras on Eurysys Piccolo Pro 2 | FX-8350 AMD CPU, 32GB Ram, Multiple SSD and HD| Homeseer HS3 Pro | TVMosaic | Emby | DVBViewer |

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Re: My server PC

Post by Willy235536 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:19 am

Nice setup.
Myself I run my BI (still on V4) on dell poweredge T30 located in my server room. I also run a PLEX server as well as Homeseer pro with all the plugins for BI, Ademco and Life360. All of my cams 12 in total are Unifi (various models) albeit I have one that is not cooperating with BI at the moment. I send all footage, clips and alerts to my Dell T330 storage server that has about 27TB of available disk space. My cameras as well are 24/7 usually catching deer eating my wife's plants.

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Re: My server PC

Post by SolarEclipse » Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:40 pm

Cool setup.
I used to run my on a separate box, but I decided to setup BlueIris running in a Virtual Machine on my "server" to downsize the number of boxes I have in our house (makes the wife very happy!).
I have 3 cameras and I give it 4 GB of RAM and 1.5 TB of storage and after a couple years seems to be running very well.
The host is an i7-3700K with 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD for Win10 Pro and 3 VMs. We have around 30 TB for storage.

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TimG
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Re: My server PC

Post by TimG » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:29 am

I've never run VM's. What is the advantage of them over putting everything into my single Win10 installation ?

It's interesting that the child at ipcamstalk [sic] always states that BI should be on its own pc with nothing else, and even worse, anybody even thinking about a VM must be deranged. None of us are following that logic, and it sounds like we all have good all round systems ! Well done free thinking people of the world :lol:
Blue Iris v5.0.0.61 | Dahua 5231, Foscam R2, Ertech 4MP, 2 analogue cameras on Eurysys Piccolo Pro 2 | FX-8350 AMD CPU, 32GB Ram, Multiple SSD and HD| Homeseer HS3 Pro | TVMosaic | Emby | DVBViewer |

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Re: My server PC

Post by SolarEclipse » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:44 pm

TimG wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:29 am
I've never run VM's. What is the advantage of them over putting everything into my single Win10 installation ?

It's interesting that the child at ipcamstalk [sic] always states that BI should be on its own pc with nothing else, and even worse, anybody even thinking about a VM must be deranged. None of us are following that logic, and it sounds like we all have good all round systems ! Well done free thinking people of the world :lol:
Yes, I've had run-ins with that child over VMs and don't go back there.

I did have BlueIris as a stand alone box at first but thought I could run it just as well in a VM. So I decided to give it a try. If it hadn't worked out I would have gone back to the stand alone box. It worked out very well with my 3 cameras. Maybe if I had more it might be sluggish but I've not encountered that. Also, I like to have VMs for specific tasks that are separate and don't need to mix with the rest of my computer. For example, I have a Tax VM which I install tax software on every year. There's no conflicting with other software on the system as the Tax software is the only thing in that VM. The same with BlueIris, it is in its own VM and no other software is installed to possibly conflict with it. Also, if there's a BlueIris update that hoses the setup I can always go back to my most recent VM backup (weekly).
So by not having a separate box it makes my setup less complex and less chance for conflicts between various software. I've used VMs for years at home and at work so I'm very comfortable with them.

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Re: My server PC

Post by nbobz » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:47 pm

My multi-use setup:
Win 10 Pro on 120GB SSD, with 4 drives - now running headless

Intel Core i3-3225 3.3Ghz, 16GB ram
10x cams, 1-5MP via a second Lan card.
7x cams continuously record to a 4TB drive
3x cams continuously record to a 1TB drive
- gives 8-10 days of recordings.

All of our TV is recorded from two quad S2 sat cards and from HD IP streams and stored on a 2T drive. TV and media playback is via NextPVR/Kodi.
Another 2T drive stores automated backups from family PCs.
A weather station records direct to the SSD.

CPU runs at 20%
remote-in via splashtop it goes up to 60%
remote-in with BI in viewing mode takes CPU up to 85%
If I just use Ui3 from another PC then CPU is 70%

I get good performance and reliability with this.

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Re: My server PC

Post by TimG » Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:16 pm

Hi nbobz, that's a serious pc !

Another multi purpose pc that runs well. What has the ipcamstalks [sic] child got against them ?

Do you remember why you use Splashtop instead of Teamviewer ? I use Splashtop too, but couldn't remember which feature dragged me in initially !
Blue Iris v5.0.0.61 | Dahua 5231, Foscam R2, Ertech 4MP, 2 analogue cameras on Eurysys Piccolo Pro 2 | FX-8350 AMD CPU, 32GB Ram, Multiple SSD and HD| Homeseer HS3 Pro | TVMosaic | Emby | DVBViewer |

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