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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
My WS2012E has been running for a good few months now. Recently it has been acting a little flaky. After a fresh boot I can access media via DLNA streaming on either the build in server or my installed Serviio server, get to the remote web page, and log in remotely. However, after a day or two I find it takes ages to remote into the system, that I can't stream anything over the network, or that I can't even get to the web page. The daily health reports are not indicating any significant issues - apart from an occasional DFSR replication error after I have to power off the server when it isn't responding. Occasionally I'll also receive a "computer monitoring error": Alert details: Can only partially assess the health of this computer. The failing components are: ClientBackup!BackupService ClientBackup!BackupProvider OnlineBackupAlerts!OnlneBackupProvider It's very hard to search for any information on this, but it might be related to how somtimes "A scheduled backup did not finish successfully": Alert details: The scheduled backup did not finish successfully and returned the following error code: 2155348001 Windows Backup timed-out before the shared protection point was created. Detailed error: The creation of a shadow copy has timed out. Try this operation again. This might just be timeouts caused by the fact that my backup destination is on an eSATA connected box that is also the destination of a Robocopy script that duplicates all of my server folders, and they will sometimes get their knickers in a twist when they're doing the same thing at the same time: 2013/11/28 10:13:47 ERROR 5 (0x00000005) Copying File D:\ServerFolders\Client Computer Backups\Data.4096.70.dat Access is denied. ERROR: RETRY LIMIT EXCEEDED. Has anyone else had any problems with media serving or remote access on their machines? I have just remoted in and disabled SMB signing, so we'll see if that makes a difference.