Hi everyone, We're coming up to We Got Served's ten year anniversary and I've been taking a good look at the site to work through some plans for the future. I wanted to give you all a couple of weeks notice that I'll be closing WGS Forums at the end of this month. As you'll be aware, the forums were opened to support Windows Home Server users and have done so brilliantly, thanks to everyone's participation. However, with each day that passes, there are fewer and fewer WHS deployments out there, meaning that forum registrations and traffic has now dwindled. I've tried a few times over the years to test some forums on related or adjacent topics, however, they simply haven't caught on. It's clear that these were always going to be predominately Windows Home Server forums and, with the passing of that platform, they've served their purpose well. So, please take some time to archive anything you need over the next two weeks. Access to the forums will end on Jan 31st 2017. Many, many thanks once again for your participation and support here. It's been a great community! Very best wishes Terry
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Sorry if this has been covered, but the heck if i can find the answers i am looking for.... I've owned and loved my EX495 now for about, ooooh..... bout 7 years? Game changer, worked a treat. Then MS happened and killed off the line... My WHS still works, still is accessible via RDP, still boots ok, still can be used to store/share media etc but it just isn't right....
For years now i get x11 "send" "do not send" error messages when the device comes up from boot regarding storage, HSConsole no longer loads, Additional drives never "went in properly, therefor i dont believe storage was utilised correctly. Anyway its pretty bog standard with the exception of a proc upgrade. Standard primary disk and x2 additional 2Tb disks. I have removed ALL data to other storage, unable to remove the drives from pools/storage etc, it's pretty much now an OOTB WHS with a bunch of errors and not able to do much with.
I want to re-utilise this lil baby because for the most part she's done what i wanted, however times change.
I have all the space in the world to play with, i no longer have need for backups, timemachine, or pretty much the majority of the functions of WHS, in fact it has become a hindrance i feel. I can give it any OS it will take, i would have liked to have given it 2016, turn it into a DC/FS and utilise the drives as i see fit, not in WHS's preferred pools/drive configuration.
I do not want to shell out on an adaptor so i can plug a monitor in, i do not want to have to learn the install steps and do a "blind install", in this day in age i should be able to boot from USB and connect via RDP yes? Well we all know this isn't true...
I can load a bootable ISO to USB an fire away but no access to the bios, i cant run an upgrade as it requires interaction, i'm an old school network/infrastructure/data centre guy, i just wanna boot up 1 drive with an OS, add the additional drives an play....
Im not reading good things about the WHS 2011 switch, amongst small things like no drive light support, no drive extender software an a bunch of other stuff i can get around i just dunno where to go....
I've been having some issues recently with my N40L Microserver following a couple of bad sectors being found on the boot drive.
After running check disk and having that mark the bad sectors out of action, I was finally able to use the Windows Server Backup tool in WHS 2011 to create a bare metal restore image and save it to a second physical drive in the box, around 40GB.
I don't have a DVD drive in the server so I made an ISO of the DVD Install disc, and then put that on to a bootable USB stick with the Windows USB / DVD tool from MS. I removed the damaged drive and put in a new blank drive that is twice the size of the damaged one. When I boot the installer dvd on the USB stick, it gets in to the initial screen where it asks you if you want to install a new copy or repair an installation. When I select repair, instantly I receive the error message shown in the attached pic, saying The system cannot find the specified file.
I get no options other than pressing the OK button and it then reboots the server. I remember having issues originally installing it from a USB drive and trying to install on an 80GB SSD - I gave up after a few hours and went with a 60GB HD partition. The install runs now if I select a new installation, it's just the repair option I can't launch.
I double checked the USB stick was fine by creating a new VM on my Mac, and I was able to boot that from USB and select Repair without any problem. I could browse to the network share that contains the BMR image (after replacing the dodgy boot drive back in to get back to windows) and I was able to restore the image successfully. So it seems to me there are issues with the hardware I am running and setup for WHS. It's the HP Proliant Microserver N40L @ 1.5GHz with 8GB RAM, no other changes to the standard box.
Any ideas how to get Repair working?
I managed to clone the dodgy boot drive in the end with clonezilla and so far it's working perfectly with the new drive. It would be good to know I have a proper system backup of the boot drive with a bare metal restore option in the future but until I can get Repair working on the installer dvd this isn't an option. Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
I have Windows Server 2012 Essentials (not R2) installed as my home media server. On all the TV's, the server appears twice when I search for music, pictures, or movies. Both occurances show the same library name on the same server. Why does it appear twice? How do I get rid of the second occurance? Thanks.
A few years back I purchased a HP Mediasmart EX495. I have gradually expanded the drives to the point where I connected up an external set of drives via e-sata. As my media collection grows, I have now reached the point of 6 2TB drives being filled, and want to build a new server and migrate the data to the newly built server. So my questions are twofold, the first being I have some left over bits and pieces that I would like to base the build on, and two, how do I then migrate the data?
The hardware I have to make the build (does not have to be these things, if not powerful enough please advise):
Case: Antec NSK-1300
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H
CPU: Unidentified am2 something (no marks on cpu so have no idea!)
CPU fan: Stock AMD fan
Power: Antec AR-350
RAM: Happy to buy some more, how much does a server build warrant?
Plan is to buy a ssd for the OS (size?), and 4 4TB drives to house the data (in the external case connected via e-sata).
Which OS to use?
Once built, what will be the simplest way to move the 12TB of data off the ex495 and on to the new build (keeping in mind the same external casing will be used for existing and new build)?
Appreciate any advice,
Here is a little write-up on how to get your client PCs to allow auto logon and still use the WS2012E connector. I often times forget these things myself and upon reinstall/maintenance/fixing snaffoos, really wish there was a place to reference what I did. So here it goes!
You have a Windows client PC that you want to auto logon but also want to use the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Connector and back-up capabilities. Since the connector does not allow having the account auto logon and after installation removes the option from the Advanced User Accounts Control Panel ("control userpassword2" or "netplwiz"). This how to will enable you to install the software and revert back to allowing auto logon.
Since I have a lot of start-up processes on my computer, I use the Auto Logon & Lock "hack". This is not the most secure thing as it may open you up to man in the middle attacks, but until Windows offers a better option, this is the only way I have found to make my computer start booting up processes before I logon. While I do recommend this solution, I do not take responsibility for your personal computer security.
This process was completed on a Windows 7 client. These instructions should work on Windows 8 clients but your mileage may vary.
I have previously completed the Paul Thurrott's Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Connect Client PCs without Using a Domain. This may be a pre-requisite but I'm not entirely sure.
I chose not to authenticate my clients with the domain (meaning I have separate credentials on each machine and they don't check with the server). This should not make a difference, but is worth noting.
If you have auto logon currently enabled, you must disable is before installing the connector software. The connector install will prompt you to do so regardless. Do the following, otherwise this initial step may be skipped. Open the Run command window (WinKey + R) Type in netplwiz Select OK Authorize User Account Control (UAC) if prompted On the Users tab, check Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. Select OK Download the connector software from your server http://<YOUR SERVER NAME>/connect Install the connector software with any options you choose Restart when prompted Once restart has completed, login with your account If you chose to migrate your account it should be straight forward and you will authenticate against the server domain controller If you chose not to migrate, make sure you change the domain to the local computer (it will use the server by default now; we'll change that later). <Computer Host Name>\<User Name> Once logged in, make sure the connector install worked by opening up the connector software. Try and login. If it fails, reinstall. This will not be covered here. Open the Run command window (WinKey + R) Type in regedit Select OK Authorize User Account Control (UAC) if prompted Navigate to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon Change the following entries: AutoAdminLogon 1 DefaultDomainName <Computer Host Name> These edits will once again allow auto logon, and name local authentication the default. Close the Registry Editor Open the Run command window (WinKey + R) Type in netplwiz Select OK Authorize User Account Control (UAC) if prompted On the Users tab, select the default user from the Users for this computer list Un-check Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. Select OK When prompted, enter the password for this user Restart your computer and make sure your edits worked. References
On topic Technet forum post Connector and Auto Logon for WHS2011- Homeservershow forum post 1, Homeservershow forum post 2 Auto Logon & Lock - Addictive Tips, Youtube