I made the jump from WHS 2011 to Windows 8.1 x64 Pro w/ MCE.
Old server: Intel i5 2500k Processor Gigabyte Z77X-D3H Motherboard 8GB Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 90GB Corsair ForceGT SSD [OS Drive] 20TB storage (FlexRAID∞ with 2-drive redundancy, all WD Green 1TB/2TB) Ceton InfiniTV 4 Rocketfish Case (modded to hold 20 hard drives) Highpoint DC-7280 Datacenter HBA Sans Digital TowerRAID 8-bay eSATA Enclosure Zalman 850w Heatpipe Cooled PSU WHS 2011 SP1
New server: Norco RPC-4220 4U Case Corsair RM1000 Power Supply Supermicro X9SCM Motherboard Intel Xeon E3-1240 Processor Supertalent 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3-1333 ECC RAM Ceton InfiniTV4 PCI-e HDHomerun Connect (via network) 3x IBM M1015 SAS Controllers flashed to IT Mode 2x 250GB Samsung Evo 850 SSD's (Datastore and Backup Datastore) 7x 4TB Western Digital SSHD's 10x 2TB Western Digital Green HDD's 1x 1TB Western Digital Passport for external backup images of OS 5x SFF-8087 to SFF-8087 cables 3x 120mm Arctic Cooling F12 PWM Fans 2x 80mm Arctic Cooling F8 Rev.2 PWM Fans 1x 92mm Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Plus PWM CPU Fan ESXi 6.0 VM1: Windows 8.1 x64 w/ MCE + Emby Server + Ubiquiti NVR + SnapRAID + Stablebit Drivepool and Scanner VM2: Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 + PRTG Network Monitor + Backup Management
I went virtual, and I'm not looking back. It seems complicated when you first look at it, but it makes life so much easier.
With the new server setup, I have everything pretty much fully automated, and it will send me alerts if there's an error or a scheduled task fails. Hard drives will alert me on a SMART error, SnapRAID sync/scrub send notifications when they complete successfully or fail, TV/movie recordings auto save and archive with Emby Server, Ubiquiti IPcam recordings and alerts get sent to my phone, etc. The new server also uses about 50w less power, as logged from my UPS, so that's good as well.
ESXi is free, so I decided to give it a try. Deploying and managing VM's is very simple and I can even manage it from my phone via the VMware watchlist app. (you can even use remote desktop from it) I have it setup so my phone is connected to my pfSense router via OpenVPN, and ESXi alerts my phone if a VM has a problem.
I stepped away from WHS 2011 since it has been phased out, and I went with Windows 8.1 x64 Pro w/ MCE since it has a little bit better support for my applications I use on the server side, and it also supports CableCARD in WMC natively. (using Cable Advisor DRM bypass for encrypted channels) It's much better than the ghetto rigged Ceton network tuner sharing loophole I had setup before.
I'm also very happy with SnapRAID, since I was using FlexRAID before. It's much simpler, and I found FlexRAID buggy when I had to add/remove hard drives. I almost lost some of my data when a drive started to die and didn't alert me properly, then restoring it wasn't successful. (long story, as seen many times on FlexRAID forums)
I use RAID 6 (SnapRAID + Stablebit Scanner) for my data array, then I use Backblaze to store the data offsite, and I also have a backup server just in case my whole main server shits the bed (i.e. power supply kills the hard disks). You're best off diversifying your data storage and keeping an off-site backup of your most important data.
Just got the link to the forum after getting my eBooks, I have a Hp N54L server which is running WHS2011 on 1 SSD but just starting to build Win 10 into a server on a new SSD so now to read the book. Got stuck at the making the 16 gig free space and after a few reboots it showed it self. now to carry on lol.
Hello guys I am new to this forum I have just bought a used Scaleo 1900 without restore CDs. I have tried the links to Fujitsu Support in order to obtain lates restore CDs in this topic http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php?/topic/12592-want-to-restore-a-scaleo-15001900-already-have-please-read/ but to no success. Is it possible for someone to share an ISO image of the restore CDs for WHS 2008, I would be very grateful. Cheers