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    Hey guys,

    So I think it is time for me to get one of these up and running since I lost my STEAM install folder (boo). I did a little searching and found this helpful article :Ars Technica

    I would look to use the VM capability on my QNAP NAS to do the hosting of the OS/Steam caching. I just wondered, for those who have Steam Cache servers running, what was the easiest method for you to get it up and running ? The article mentions several ways, but it would be good to get some opinions from those who have actually deployed this. I am more familiar with Windows but I have used Linux before (Ubuntu) when setting up folding clients, so Linux is not out of the question if it seems an easier way to go over Windows.

    Thanks in advance !
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    I had one set up through my UnRaid box with Dockers that worked great. I haven't used it in a while as I'm the only person in my house that uses Steam now so it didn't make sense to have it running anymore.
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    • #3
      Not sure if you are still looking to do this, but lancache is probably the easiest way to set this up.

      Downloading games in a few seconds is fun.
      Last edited by tictoc; 28-06-2020, 05:10 PM.
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        Originally posted by tictoc View Post
        Not sure if you are still looking to do this, but lancache is probably the easiest way to set this up.

        Downloading games in a few seconds is fun.
        Nice thanks ! It was put on the back burner but will be looking into this again soon. Will check out Lan Cache
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          I'm actually going to set this up on my E5 2670, 32GB DDR3 server, which hosts nothing but a minecraft server atm!
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          • #6
            Going to have to look for a Windows version as I would like to set this up on the same machine that I run plex from...which is a windows machine lol.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by ENTERPRISE View Post
              Going to have to look for a Windows version as I would like to set this up on the same machine that I run plex from...which is a windows machine lol.
              All of the ready made solutions that I am aware of are Linux based. Docker on Windows from what I know, is still a pretty painful experience. You might be able to set up a WSL2 Ubuntu install, but it will be a more complicated (maybe impossible??) to do the DNS redirects from a container inside of WSL.

              The easiest road would probably be to set up an Ubuntu Server VM with VirtualBox or Hyper-V.
              Once you have your VM up and running, you just need to get Docker installed and running. https://docs.docker.com/engine/install/ubuntu/
              After that you can just follow the guide at lancache to get your containers installed and running. It might seem a bit involved, but it should be fairly painless to get it up and running.

              Not sure on any ready made and performant Windows solutions, but maybe someone else that runs Windows will chime in.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by tictoc View Post

                All of the ready made solutions that I am aware of are Linux based. Docker on Windows from what I know, is still a pretty painful experience. You might be able to set up a WSL2 Ubuntu install, but it will be a more complicated (maybe impossible??) to do the DNS redirects from a container inside of WSL.

                The easiest road would probably be to set up an Ubuntu Server VM with VirtualBox or Hyper-V.
                Once you have your VM up and running, you just need to get Docker installed and running. Install Docker Engine on Ubuntu | Docker Documentation
                After that you can just follow the guide at lancache to get your containers installed and running. It might seem a bit involved, but it should be fairly painless to get it up and running.

                Not sure on any ready made and performant Windows solutions, but maybe someone else that runs Windows will chime in.
                As it happens, I did a little searching and found a Windows solution...well it is not Windows but Linux in a VM such as you described. I found a fairly decent tutorial of the process in the below video, may give that a watch and see how far I get with it, but first thinking of getting a 4TB HDD to host the steam content as only have a 1TB and could get filled easily.

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