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post #11 of 27
Hmm.. no DE is likely to be the deal breaker for me. I guess I'm going WHS.
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post #12 of 27
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Have you installed WMC connect for whs and on the media center as it will automatically copy newly recorded tv shows over to the recorded TV folder automatically.
Also if you havent tried it restoring a PC from the home server takes anywhere from 10-30minutes until the machine is just like it was before the HDD failure. IF your running 64bit windows 7 make sure you download vista 32bit drivers for the network card, since win7 64 bit drivers that are in the driver recovery wont work for the boot disk.
Yes, I did set up the WMC connect. Did not really do much for me since I already had all my computers pointing at each others recorded folder, but does make it so I don't have to keep them all on to watch from another computer.
If I had know this and done this initially, I could have gotten smaller HDD (1 has a 160 gig drive, 2 have 250 gigs).

All my machines are x64 (except my netbook). Where would I save the x32 drivers at? On the boot disk?
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IF your running 64bit windows 7 make sure you download vista 32bit drivers for the network card, since win7 64 bit drivers that are in the driver recovery wont work for the boot disk.
THIS.

There is another approach if you have a second computer.

1. Install disk from computer you are trying to restore onto the second computer.
2. Log into WHS and restore onto that drive.
3. Put drive back into computer you are restoring and voila!


I found this alot easier than messing with the drivers.
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post #14 of 27
Interesting, this is build 7601. Service pack .72.







They changed the look completely. It used to be a light blue interface.


Old build, 7600




To install in a VM, be sure to allocate more than 160GB for the primary partition or you will get an odd error. Also make sure you allocate more than 4GB ram.
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post #15 of 27
Looks really cool, i wish it were on msdnaa!!
post #16 of 27
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Have you used it?
No, I wouldn't bother - it looks pretty bad from the outside.

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Many people do need a home server and not realize it. Centralized media, automated backup, easy redundancy, media steamer, etc with an easy interface.
Sure - but I think those things camn easily be accomplished with an NAS attached to a router, with appropriate software for automated backups. This looks like the 4 ton solution for the 3 ounce problem.

You are correct in that people need to have backups and centralized storage, but I think it is more easily accomplished through a simple NAS solution with some lightweight software. Kind of like the way Apple attempted with their Airport Extreme - but without the botching they did with the brain damaged Time Machine.

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MS dropped the ball on not include Media Center and removing DE. I was looking foward to this. MS should ship this out as Windows Small Business Server 2011 and add at least the option for DE in WHS 2011.
MS should forget about yearly release cycles, and concentrate on making something usable. Dropping important features just makes their stuff look bad. But then, including too many features is also a bad thing. I can see how it becomes a difficult thing. I am more of a user that prefers small bits of software that do one job extrememly well, and that is modular so I can custom it whatever way I want. But that is different from say, the magazine editors, that make a product look bad if it doesn't have each and every single checkmark...
post #17 of 27
looks like more of the data corruption crap all over again

There's a major issue with sleep + data loss in "Vail" preview refresh, and of course that issue crept into the Windows Home Server 2011 RC

I installed it and after one day started getting "desktop not found" issues on startup, also installed "PS3 media server and after a day" getting a "corrupt data" please reinstall issues.

Of course DE was nice but not a huge deal for me personally, so I decided to give it a try. All I can say is the first Vail preview is far more superior.

This is utter crap. If any programmer who worked at Accenture (for example) tried this, they would get fired on the spot.

The real sad things is since they can market it and put it in a pretty box, people will end up buying it.

*sigh*
post #18 of 27
I never really liked Windows Home Server, I think everything can be done with a NAS.

You can have all the client computers make backup to a NAS drive and the drive extender sounds good but it really just copies the files you want onto a second drive. Why not just use RAID?

Also why can't media streamers read get media from a NAS? Mine can, although Xbox 360 can't.
    
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I never really liked Windows Home Server, I think everything can be done with a NAS.

You can have all the client computers make backup to a NAS drive and the drive extender sounds good but it really just copies the files you want onto a second drive. Why not just use RAID?

Also why can't media streamers read get media from a NAS? Mine can, although Xbox 360 can't.
I don't think this is targeted for "techy" users. It is targeted towards the general household of 2 adults and a couple/few kids. It will come on machines like the HP MediaSmart server. The purpose is to make it easy for average users to maintain and handle.

Easy backups, easy storage, easy user management. Microsoft's ideal household would have a small home server that stores all important documents and files for every user.
post #20 of 27
Really!? Wintel still not reliable or free of bugs?! still suckin at managing storage arrays, hosting vm's, and crunching large instruction sets? NO. FREAKIN. WAY.

Thats why hpux/unix is around.
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