Windows Home Server 2011

August 12

Aug 2011 – I’ve been running Windows Home Server for a few years and it has provided a great system for backups and a media server.  Somewhere around April, Microsoft finally released it’s new version (code name Vail) which has been in the works for several years. Despite the many new features in WHS-2011, there has been lots of posts on complaining about the removal of Drive Extender which is Windows Home Server’s storage pooling technology that allows you to coombine multiple hard drives into one large storage array.

Windows Home Server 2011 is mostly Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1. This means you have the latest and greatest underlying technology powering the server platform. And, as an added bonus, a bulk of the software being developed for Windows Server 2008 is going to work with Windows Home Server 2011. Not to mention the driver support for new hardware is much better and it includes support for all of the newer high-capacity hard drives. Although I was in no hurry to upgrade, it’s now August and time to take on a new project. I also have a failing 1.5 TB Samsung drive that I know I need to replace, plus — one of the cooling fans is making a bit on noise too. None of this was going to be easy due to the shear volume of data I have.  Roughly…. 3.5 TB of music, photos, movies, backups from several computers, etc.. This would take the whole weekend migrating everything over. Long story made short, I made a few mistakes (including formatting the primary drive with the index of all the files) but in the end,  everyting got moved over and running smoothly.  I also upgraded the version of SharePoint however the memory required may force me to upgrade the server. We’ll save that for another day.


Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Mike's Daily Ramblings

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