How-To Build a Windows Home Server with Muscle (but no Drive Extender)

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tomdds

Newbie question.....would the H57 motherboard be a better choice if I were trying to have a RAID setup?  New to all this, so I'm not quite sure.  And what about the i5 processor instead of the i3?  Is there a big enough increase in performance with the i5 to justify the jump in price for this build?

 

Thanks for any help.

 

Tom

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srshaw

I was wondering if there were any power consumption statistics on this machine? I'm interested in putting together a machine like this, but I'm looking for something with a low power consumption on idle that I can leave running.

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AnnaCloudBerryLab

If you want to protect your assets on WHS even further and back up your data to Amazon S3 cloud storage, check out CloudBerry Backup add-on for WHS. http://whs.cloudberrylab.com/ . It is one time fee and the rest what you pay for Amazon S3. Besides, there is no proprietary data format and you can access your data using other Amazon s3 tools. Supports all Amazon S3 regions and Reduced Redundancy Storage.

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AnnaCloudBerryLab

If you want to protect your assets on WHS even further and back up your data to Amazon S3 cloud storage, check out CloudBerry Backup add-on for WHS. http://whs.cloudberrylab.com/ . It is one time fee and the rest what you pay for Amazon S3. Besides, there is no proprietary data format and you can access your data using other Amazon s3 tools. Supports all Amazon S3 regions and Reduced Redundancy Storage.

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AnnaCloudBerryLab

If you want to protect your assets on WHS even further and back up your data to Amazon S3 cloud storage, check out CloudBerry Backup add-on for WHS. http://whs.cloudberrylab.com/ . It is one time fee and the rest what you pay for Amazon S3. Besides, there is no proprietary data format and you can access your data using other Amazon s3 tools. Supports all Amazon S3 regions and Reduced Redundancy Storage.

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lile1994

this seems so hard to do but its kinda simply

 

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used_to_be_the7...

I have the original WHS, but haven't tried this yet.  I wonder if I set up a vmware virtual machine on the 1st version of Vail, if the Vail would see the DE drive as its hd?  Crazy, make any sense?  I have been messing with VM this week and it is easy to get lost in my head with all the possibilities

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eastbayrae

This build has so many bugs its outrageous.

  • Every other reboot generates the BOOTMGR missing message.
  • Remote connect drops every hour.
  • 'Item Not Found' when copying files from/to external HDD's.

I downloaded WHS v1 today and will give that a spin.  I really wanted a media server and now I am faced with using WHS v1 or SBS Essentials 2011.

Not mentioned in this 'build' is the video card.  That mobo doesn't have one and the builder didn't add one.  I don't think you can run that box in headless mode until the OS is set-up.

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13thwarrior

I actually built almost the identical machine before I even saw this article in the magazine.  I also used the 2 WD Green 2TB drives.  The motherboard being the Zotac H55ITX-A revision doesn't support RAID as far as I can tell so how did you install the WHS RC on the drives?  Did you just let WHS choose the primary drive and install it that way?  When i finally got past installing the iGLAN driver I went to the server dashboard and found that I only had 2 TB of storage, the other drive showed up in Disk Management but I didn't see an option to include that 3rd partition on the primary drive to my storage pool.

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muppet1856

The  ability to install the connector software without the CD is not really new.  I don't know if it was the first or the second patch on WHS, but you could install the connector software by pointing your browser to http://your-server:55000.  I've basically always done it that way.  I have the HP 470EX (so its really old).

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iceman08

Simple question:What exactly is Drive Extender? I've never used Windows Home Server.

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mgalletly

Drive Extender allows the user to plug in pretty much whatever hard drives you have on hand into the computer either through the EIDE, SATA, or USB connections as appropriate.  DE would then manage the drive as part of a pool that was mostly transparent to the end user.

It wasn't raid and it wasn't simple JBOD.  The server OS handled the drive and managed the locations of data backups and redundancy, and the drive array appeared as if it was a JBOD drive even as more was going on in the background.

Without DE, I'm not going to the new version.  There's no reason to buy the new version.  You can get the same functionality for free from various linux distros, if you don't have WHS 1, and if you do have WHS 1 like I do, there's no reason to switch.  Drive Extender is worth paying for.  The rest of it, not so much.

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g2

Can this WHS accommodate 5 3TB drives ?

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Synux

Please note that I have not tried this out but it looks like you should be able to add the drives so long as your RAID controller supports them (you'll have to run RAID now - which, despite many comments, is a good thing in most ways).  Check here http://usingwindowshomeserver.com/2011/02/06/windows-home-server-2011-internal-3tb-hard-drive-support-video-edition/ for a bit more on WHS and drives.  I would expect that you would need to create a smaller (2TB maybe) partition to start but again, until we see the software I cannot say for sure.

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cedricb

Now what do we do if we want support like what drive extender offered. Are we screwed or there's a way of getting that functionnality back through a third party app. I'm sticking with the old Home Server until I have something to replace drive extender. I heard about and tried Amahi but didn't move forward since it doesn't work well if it is not setup as you DNS server which I didn't want to do.

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jlh304

I've hear some people are looking at FlexRAID.  Some people are looking at Unraid.  A few people are turning to SAS.

... SAS drives are crazy expensive. But, the connections are interchangable with SATA, which means you can hook CHEAP sata drives to awesome sata controllers. SAS drives are built for servers... so the SAS controllers are cheap compared to some. Example... 8 port SATA card from Highpoint is 350 bucks...ouch. 8 Lane SAS card from Supermicro 110 dollars....very nice...and still supports sata. Makes it pretty easy but you still cant mix and match drives like you can with DE....but its a solution

There are other solutions that can deal with raid: Qnap will online expand raid, and Drobo will work with different drive sizes too.

Drobo might be planning on doing something http://www.wegotserved.com/2010/12/10/drobo-journey-deliver-storage-experience/

 

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