Thanks for the response. I have about 7 hard drives in the server. Your saying none will change? If I do a fresh install only of Windows 10. Will It keep from changing and of the other drive. My C & D are on the same drive. D is the RECOVERY for the system. So I understand that will change with the fresh install. I just want to make sure the other drives are not effected.
You can do a clean install, or an upgrade via first an install of Windows8. I only kept the files on the D: drive, and first made a backup of D:. Installed Windows 8on C:, followed by the install of Windows10. I got via this route the question what I wanted to keep (D:). Please do not forget that the back-ups of your WHS server clients are not usable anymore, you need to cope with this issue before you continue, Windows10 does not have server properties!
Hi guys, after some more reading up and asking around, I decided to consider the Gen8 too alongside with the N54L, here's some of my questions: Questions 1. Will it be harder to maintain a Gen8, especially in getting BIOS updates and drivers with the current state of HP's support? (Expectations) 2. Should I save that single PCIe slot for a graphics card, or is it better used for something else? (Hardware) 3. How can I use the dual NICs well? (Hardware) 4. For my use cases, will the lowest CPU be alright? (Hardware) 5. Which OS I should go for? Or will hypervisors (i.e. ESXi) be more suited for my use cases? (Amahi, Ubuntu, WHS/Windows 8 are my top choices currently) (Software) 6. If I were to go for a hypervisor, what should I look out for? (Expectations/Software) Thanks! (Below is more background data that I hope will come in handy) Current Setup Computer(s): 1 Sager NP8170 (HDD changed into a Crucial M550 256GB) Main Storage: 1 HGST 3.5" 3TB Deskstar HDD in a Hotway USB 3.0 external enclosure. Connected to my laptop as Windows 7 local drive via USB 3.0. Backup: 1 3.5" 2TB HDD, 1 3.5" 1TB HDD in a shared PC. Connected to my laptop as Windows 7 network drives over the home network (i.e. PC to router, router to laptop). Router: Asus RT-AC66U (All drives above are formatted in NTFS) Planned Setup Computer(s): 1 Sager NP8170 (HDD changed into a Crucial M550 256GB) Main Storage: 1 3.5" 2TB HDD, 1 3.5" 1TB HDD in a Gen8. (Gen8 to switch, switch to laptop, switch to router) Backup: 1 HGST 3.5" 3TB Deskstar HDD in a Hotway USB 3.0 external enclosure. Connected to my laptop as Windows 7 local drive via USB 3.0. Router: Asus RT-AC66U (Not sure if should stick with NTFS due to OS choice in the Gen8. I prefer not to reformat if possible.) Use Cases 1. Storing my data in my HDDs and being able to access them (i.e. NAS) (High priority) 2. Monitoring HDD health with real-time alerts (High priority) 3. Media streaming (in home network mostly, but if can be done ) (Medium priority) 4. Production server for web projects e.t.c. (LAMP setup maybe?) (Medium priority) 5. Media transcoding (then again, I think my devices can handle untranscoded stuff...?) (Low priority) 6. Creating an environment where I can learn the usage and deployment of servers for fun and for career (yes, I know, this sounds naive at best...) (??? priority) Items to Get/Prepare Gen8 itself HDD/SSD since none will be supplied DDNS Hostname for router (done!) Switch Thumbdrive with OS and BIOS mod if need be (need to decide OS first) Extra Ethernet cables for the setup I hope this is not too much... Thanks!