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Checkpoint: Home Server Project Update Edition


After getting my hands on the retail version of Windows Home Server 2011 (sans license key), two failed installs and a pre-mature catastrophic driver related failure resulting in another re-install: I got my Windows Home Server up and running.

It took a bit of experimenting (which resulted in that catastrophic failure I spoke of), but I was able to get every device recognized in this 6 year old Shuttle ST20G5. I only have a 200 GB drive in there working as the “OS drive”, but it is up and running.

I enabled the web access which allows me to access the home server via the web from anywhere in the world. And I tried streaming multiple SD videos simultaneously without a hitch as well. As soon as I get my Seagate LP 2TB 5900RPM 3.5″ SATA hard drive 64MB, I’ll start backing up computers and implementing Dropbox syncing and all that fun stuff.

I was thinking of implementing a RAID 1 setup, but with the age of this Shuttle hardware I didn’t think it would be a good idea. After a bit of thought, I decided to stick with a single 2TB drive for now and simply use this tiered approach for data “backup”.

  1. Local hard drive on PC
  2. Windows Home Server for data that would be a nice to have, but not too important
  3. HPMediaVault will serve as on-site backup solution for more important data
  4. DropBox or Amazon Cloud Storage for critical backups

It’s a bit much for home, but at least my data will be safe. Hopefully.

My next objective is to get a hold of a Windows Home Server 2011 license. I have 29 days to do so before this trial period ends. It costs around $110 USD, but I can’t find a North American retailer that will ship to Canada. As days tick away, I may need to call in a favor in order to get a copy of it.

2 Responses

  1. Justin Vitrano
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    Any chance you could explain how you got the whs 2011 to recognize the sata hard drive?

    • Anonymous
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      For the OS drive it’s actually an SATA drive recognized as an IDE drive via an SATA to IDE adapter. Once in WHS 2011 though, SATA ports were recognized after I installed the Windows XP drivers. They worked.

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