Apparently my system disk has gone south on my server, and after several failed attempts at recovery I turn to you for some insights. I've read through as many old posts on recovery as I could find but questions remain.
First, my configuration: I have the c: drive and system on a (apparently) failed WD 250GB drive. I have two other WD 2TB drives, one contains server backups and the other contains shared files. I also have several removable drives. One of these is used for client backups. I rotate two 4TB drives for these client backups.
My server does not have DVD drive.
My Approach and Problem
I have created a bootable USB stick with the WHS 2011 installation copied to it. In the bios I changed the boot sequence to boot from the USB stick. I then booted and selected to repair the installation. When I got to the "Select a system image backup" it is blank. I had Windows search for the newest backup but after running for hours it said no backup was found. Also, I have actually run through much of the process many times and frequently it will hang. Sometimes it is at the "Starting Windows", other times at other places. Not sure of the relevance but I add that for completeness.
Next Steps and Questions
I am heading to Best Buy to buy a new system disk. My server also has IPMI so I am going to attempt to do the install using the WHS 2011 installation DVD mounted in one of the client PC's drive to see if that works in better. Once I get the new drive in, do I do a bare metal install and then restore the newest system backup over that? Are there any precautions I need to take to preserve and use my current system backups?
Thanks much for any insights you can offer.
The answer to your question is "yes".
I reviewed the link you sent and the only difference was that I had a time setting for "sleep after".
I turned off hybrid sleep and set a time for the "hibernate after" setting. It was set to never. This allowed LO to wake from hibernate.
I went back to the settings again and turned on hybrid sleep with a time setting for "sleep after" and
"hibernate after" and LO will wake from hibernate. Go figure!
I must mention that I use a desktop shortcut to putting the server into hibernate: "SetSuspendState 0,1,0" without the quotes in command line.
I don't know if this makes a difference or not. but when hibernate is turned on with the powercfg command the computer will hibernate. with hibernate
off the computer will go to normal sleep (power light flashes).
Now that that problem is solved I have to find out what else wakes the computer besides LO. I had been away for a few hours and on returning home
the computer was on. A short time later it went to hibernation. It's my guess that Windows 10 update takes control at certain times for updates. That's
why I now shut things down for the night including the router.
Thank you for your support.
The requirements for the CPU stated in Terry's book can be checked by running Sysinternals 'coreinfo' which is a free download from MS TechNet.
I used this to check my own server hardware before I made the move from WHS2011 to Windows 10. In my own (and admittedly limited) experience hardware performs slightly better with Windows 10 than with WHS2011.
Well, I have finally bitten the bullet and started to decommission my WHS V1 server. It's a bit sad really as WHS has served me well for a number of years just sitting in the corner quietly doing it's thing. But the inability to recognise drives larger than 2TB and it's inability to backup the more recent OSes, while not an issue now as my PCs are still all Win7, will become a problem in the foreseeable future.
So, with a heavy heart I have commenced building the replacement.
Due to cost considerations, I have decide to go with Win10 as the replacement. Running the OS on a SSD and using a pool of HDDs for data storage.
I wanted as much as possible to emulate the functionality of WHS, so I am using StableBit Drive Pool to pool the disks and run file duplication, and Veeam Endpoint to back up my clients on a regular basis.
There is a small app offered on the Veeam forums that one of their users developed to report on backup success/failure, so I will be playing with that to keep tabs on the backups.
I've just commenced putting this together, so I'll let you know how it goes.
Windows 10 clients are updated.
I ran chkdsk on SSD boot drives (errors fixed - this seems to be a reoccurring problem that may be related)
I ran SFC /scannow to fix and windows issues.
WSE dashboard see's clients as offline and reports Windows updates needed and restart needed. I've done both.
No client backups for 55 days now. Not good.