I watch your youtube content constantly because of freenas and xcp-ng. Great Stuff! I have a couple of questions that I think your advice is very wanted and appreciated about.
I used to work for MSPs and now im adventuring off into my own Internal SysAdmin role for a client and I want to re-do their systems and use XCP-NG instead of hyper-v and Freenas as the backup solution for on-site and off-site. These VMs will host windows shares and programs.
One of my questions is:
What is the best way to setup XCP-NG VMS and their storage?
#1 - Use XCP-NG to host the VMs and their storage, and use XO to backup the VMs to freenas and (robocopy or syncthing) to sync windows shares for file level backups to freenas, then snapshot the VMs and Windows shares
#2 - Use XCP-NG to host the VMs, then Freenas to create the Windows Shares (or ISCSI drive), then use XO to backup the VMs (Initial and Deltas) to freenas and create the snapshots of both in freenas
#3 - Use Freenas the create ISCSI drives for XCP-NG for all the VMs and their storage as well as windows shares, and use freenas to create snapshots of them?
Freenas will be the on-prem backup and Im going to connect encrypted cloud backup service to Wasabi for off-site encrypted backups.
I just wanted to know your opinion or anyones opinions as well on the best setup. Im going to use NVMe SSDs for the storage drives as they have the smallest footprint and 5-year warranty. They will of course be setup with RAID-Z file systems so the writes are minimized as data is spread across the drives.
I just dont want to invest in one solutions when something else easier could be acheived for what I want.
I will be also be moving the AD to a linux based controller like Zentyal, and using RSAT to manage GPOs and things to avoid needing CALs and I will only need to use a windows 10 computer to host quickbooks.