Notice the raid 5 arrays appear as one drive and are invisible to whs 2011. Windows home server 2011 has now arrived, and with it a bevy of new. Im sure that im overthinking this and there is a simple process for this. A storage enthusiasts journey from whs v1 to whs 2011. Now, the process will vary a bit depending on your software raid configuration. If youre going to go the software raid route, there are options there as well. Feb 10, 2011 only four standard sata drives and software mirroring in whs 2011 i. Upgrading my hp whs mediasmart ex495 to windows home. On their blog the flexraid team have written why its software is ideal as a drive pool and raid solution for whs 2011. Maybe parity was too unreliable and they were getting too many support calls about it, or maybe they didnt want to pay the license fee to support it anymore. Amahi is the solution for making home networking simple and easy. Converting an existing single drive to a raid volume is a lot more complicated than setting it up from the outset. It is a recommended to use raid and have external backups. I decided to give drive bender for whs a try, and as a home user seems like it has a number of advantages over any form of raid.
Whs 2011 to sbs essentials 2011 hdd raid backup and restore. Oct 14, 2011 there is one significant gotcha to be aware of if you use raid on an hp microserver running windows home server. From a software side, the big additions have been microsoft windows server 2008 r2 sp1 and now new windows home server 2011 and windows small business server 2011 essentials virtual machines. Windows builtin software raid windows has come with its own. I have a norco 4020 server case, that has twenty hotswap bays for storage, plus two more 3. So 2 drives for mirroring the os, 3 for raid 5, new raid controller, since otherwise raid5 will cripple this underpowered cpu. Windows home server 2011 has now arrived, and with it a bevy of new featuresand one key feature of the older version removed.
Yeah im one of the nerds that used and still does windows home server 2011. Greens are fine for archiving though in my experience. Asus mobo, x2 255, 6gb ddr3, 80gb ssd, 3x2tb onboard sata 6 ports, esata 1x card with tr4m, whs 2011 4. Windows home server uses a special technology called drive extender that works in the background to. You can do a software mirror of a boot volume using windows software raid, but it wont clone the bootloader right without a lot of extra work. Im using the software raid 5 and it seems to be working perfectly.
So i just moved the folders that whs created from the c drive over to the 2tb drives when i added them. Reclaime free raid recovery software ms windows home server. Flexraid will be drive speed, t raid much slower due to real time parity and standards when released should be full drive speed due to spreading parity across all. Although the indexes are all broken i will try to fix them with file conflict resolver and then copy the data back into the server. Is it really worth considering as an option though. I have access to files on the server from the pc but the dashboard has not been installed for back ups. Windows home server is used for pictures, music and recordedtv. Top drive is for the os, and the bottom 5 are for the first array 5x2t the second array of 3x2t. Then we will create mirrored arrays raid1 in disk management. In general, hardware raid is better than both software raid and socalled. The idea of drive extender for windows home server is you can have as.
It wasnt raidthere was no hardware redundancy, and no. My whs 2011 os disk got corrupted and it wont boot. One that i recently found interesting is the iomega ix2200. I currently have two servers running whs 2011 one nas for files and one for backups with the oss on spinning drives. I want to have the oss running on ssds for a number of reasons and have bought two 60gb ssds to hold them the install size is around 40gb so lots of space spare. May 25, 2011 windows home server 2011 has now arrived, and with it a bevy of new featuresand one key feature of the older version removed. It wasn t raidthere was no hardware redundancy, and no.
Asus or foxconn mobo, 80gb ssd, perc5i w 3x2tb raid 5, 4x1tb raid 5, esata 1x card with tr4m with lots of spare drives i currently own all the parts listed above, just trying to find some good ideas on making the new system. Combining windows software raid with raid 5 with cheap consumer sata drives is a planned disaster. Right now i have 2 x 2tb wd ears drive and a seagate 1tb barracuda. Apr 19, 2012 raid 5 this raid mode offers both speed and data redundancy.
How to install windows home server vail on the hp mediasmart server. I did this in my whs 2011 vm, software mirror inside of guest os, mainly because i only wanted to use 2tb out of each of the 4tb drives for it. Sbs 2011 essentials learning bites setting up raid video on you tube i also trawled through these forums and many others. Windows home server was the brainchild of charlie kindel who was the general manager for the product from 2005 through 2009. Windows home server 2011, the next version of this operating system, was released on 6 april 2011. Whs with hp proliant microserver n40l thomas maurer. Windows home server 2011 adding 3tb drives with the dashboard and disk management duration. Moving hds to new whs 2011 build after motherboard upgrade. Theres windows outofthebox raid, and in server 2012 and 2012 r2, there are storage spaces. Home server status addin for windows home server 2011.
Currently i have 2x 1gb sata drives in a hp microserver in raid 1 and running windows home server 2011. You may try a client driver windows 7 to match the 2011 whs since the controller is used with some client workstations sold by dell. Windows home server 2011 and small business server 2011 using gpt and raid 5 or 6. This software was formerly known as windows server code name vail. Windows home server 2011 and small business server 2011 rc. The question about what the best raid level is for a generic server at home, and whetherwhat raid to use for windows home server are two very different questions. Whs 2011 is based on windows 2008 r2 and therefor can use the same drivers. How to setup raid 5 windows home server super user. I know that whs 2011 has now been retired and not receiving any new patches making it less secure to use it. Here is a raid 10 implementation that will look a lot like windows home server v1 in terms of redundancy versus capacity tradeoffs, but will be quite a bit faster. The software raid isnt really supported on windows home server, yes.
But now ill be adding drives with existing data on them. Raid 0 is no mirroring or parity, only striping accross multiple drives for increased speed, but absolutely no redundancy or fault tolerance. Windows home server is a home server operating system based on windows server 2003 r2. As raid partition manager, aomei partition assistant server edition is compatible with windows server 2003, 2008, 2012, whs 2011, windows sbs 2003, 2008, 2011 and windows 7, 8, xp etc. Windows home server 2011 adding 3tb drives with the. Nov 29, 2010 the idea of drive extender for windows home server is you can have as many hard drives as you want and they all group together into the same pool of storage.
Upgrading my hp whs mediasmart ex495 to windows home server 2011. Windows home server 2011 creating a drive mirror youtube. I came from a linux file server using software raid mdadm and i find this setup to be a little easier on. Windows home server 2011 and small business server 2011 using gpt and raid 10. And of course this shows you the final product and the configuration of your drives as it appears in the disk management window. Before you install windows home server 2011, rtfm seriously. I would initiating install the trial of sbs 2011 essentials but i would be doing this on that raid. At the time, it was perfect for my windows 7 and windows 8 machines. As raid partition manager, aomei partition assistant server edition is compatible with windows server 2003, 2008, 2012, whs 2011. Windows home server 2011 drive mirror video edition movies. I tend to recommend sas, re4, blacks, forget it in that order to my clients.
This is similar to a raid setup but drive extender had a few cards up its sleeve that made it invaluable for a nas appliance. Apr 14, 2011 whs 2011 will support a raid configuration, whs 2011 will support a mouse, monitor and keyboard although this depends on your oem license if you get your server via oem, and it prompts you for. Where can i find connetor software to download for windows home server 2011. Heres how, take a fresh hard drive, and hook it up to another different computer. There may be options outside of the normal process. This video shows how to mirror a drive in windows home server 2011. I am in the process of transitioning from whs v1 to whs 2011. Only issue with whs2011 is that it doesnt scale over the single disc very well. Software raid 5 offers relatively poor performance. Reclaime free raid recovery is an ideal program to use if you are using a raid array on windows home server 2011 and your raid array goes belly up. Boot disk lost, how to recover files from whs 2011 raid1.
If you insist on raid, use a good hardware raid controller. Whs 2011 to sbs essentials 2011 hdd raid backup and. I am leaning towards buying a pair of momentus xt drives that i will. Am presently migrating from whs v1 to whs 2011 which doesnt. You can help protect yourself from scammers by verifying that the contact is a microsoft agent or microsoft employee and that the phone number is an official microsoft global customer service number. I started initializing this array at about 11pm on a monday. My next fallback is to os software raid and, well, id like to avoid that. Reliable raid partition manager for windows system. Create a bootable windows home server 2011 usb flash drive. This utility lets you monitor and manage your raid array.
Only four standard sata drives and software mirroring in whs 2011 i. Having replaced the original os with whs 2011 i never even bothered to boot up the original os there are no utilities that might have come with the hp system. Drive extender was dropped from whs 2011, but there are some. To facilitate sharing and streaming, whs 2011 supports dlna 1. The maximum capacity i will see with the big whs is. Im debating upgrading from windows home server 2011 to windows small business server 2011 essentials. I am unsure why but the performance was not great but acceptable. Then, when it was announced that drive extender and folder duplication were being eliminated from whs. Windows home server 2011 and raid 5 windows server. The only trial of windows home server 2011 is the online experience that youve doubtless already found on microsofts site. Windows home server 2011 drive mirror video edition. My motivation is to raid5 up 4 x 3tb drives for whs 2011 so theres plenty of room for media, and a single partition is desirable, but still retain fault tolerance. Raid 5 writes data to and reads from multiple disks, and it distributes parity data across all the disks in the array. Raid will protect you from disk failure, keep your system running, and data accessible while the disk is replaced and the raid rebuilt.
One feature that seemed really great was the storage pooling, and that feature was greatly missed when i moved to whs 2011 a few years ago. Microsoft windows home server 2011 server installation 64bit software microsoftx169961001 2011. The obvious advantage of a hardware controller is the performance gain, but if thats not a factor, then the software raid works well too. Whs2011 is great for remote access, and also has some great auto backup features. Feedsource addin for whs released from tentacle software by. How to add additional storage to a windows home server.
Users of whs 2011 and raid on the hp microserver or any other system with an amd raid controller should download and install raidxpert from the amd web site. Theyre developing a product called standards which will be software raid including hybrids like synology, qnap etc. You can look for an updated perc6i driver for 2008 r2, extract it to a usb key and provide this to the windows install when it looks for a disk to see if it can load the driver and then see the virtual disk on the perc. Whs 2011 will support a raid configuration, whs 2011 will support a mouse, monitor and keyboard although this depends on your oem license if you get your server via oem, and it. The first time setting up whs 2011 i only had my media on a 1tb drive on my desktop pc. I have pooled all the drives using stablebit drivepool software and lie this arrangement.
Because the windows home server 2011 backup utility sucks, i. Feb 10, 2011 this video shows how to mirror a drive in windows home server 2011. The software is ok, interface is not so nice and it can be flakey. Its primary purpose is to provide the solutions of connected pcs in the home system environment for an automated backup system, file sharing system, remote access, and print server read more. As soon as the install wants to reboot for the very first time, turn off the comptuer. Backups will allow you to recover data that is lost or corrupted, or from system failure. If you really wanted to putz around with whs 2011 restrictive installation then you could, in theory, have a mirrored 60gb boot partition using your motherboards raid1 and then use the. Raid 5 was very easy to set up, and since its software based it does not require any special. I currently have a mirroring raid setup on the whs and i would plan to use acronis to image one of the hard drives in case i wanted to ever go back to whs.
Software raid 5 whs 2011 windows home server is the only consumer level operating system to offer a software implementation of raid 5. In this video we will use disk management in server manager to initialize and format 3tb hdds in windows home server 2011. Lets start by looking at why whs 2011 is a good fit for your home. This is similar to a raid setup but drive extender had a few cards up its sleeve.
Microsoft windows home server 2011 server installation 64. I also have two 2tb wd greens which are spanned via whs 2011 software raid as a backup set to the 4xwd black 1tb drives and have never exhibited an issue. Storage spaces are the latest generation of drive extender, although i think drive extender in whs v1 performed a lot better. Tech support scams are an industrywide issue where scammers trick you into paying for unnecessary technical support services. Flexraid provides the cleanest integration into whs 2011 out of all solutions out there. Windows home server is considered a client software solution and would not be supported option for the enterprise level perc 6i controller.
If you are running the newest home server from microsoft and are missing the old whs tray icon that gave you simple status updates you are in luck. Whs 2011 s client software can now be installed directly via a browser, and both windows and mac systems are supported the existing 10 user limit remains in place. Support in the sense that theres a connector which will install on a mac, yes. Microsoft confirmed windows home server 2011 to be last release in the windows home server product line. Raid 5 this raid mode offers both speed and data redundancy. Im going to go real time raid soon, once i find a little time to play. Install windows home server 2011 on this drive via the temp computer. Also, windows raid is considered the worst mainstream raid around. Oct 20, 2011 i have just installed whs 2011 on my lenovo d400 as well and was thinking of using the software raid5 as well. Whs 2011 will support a raid configuration, whs 2011 will support a mouse, monitor and keyboard although this depends on your oem. Windows home server reinstall disaster use raid next. Why i plan on using the new windows home server 2011. Configuring software raid 1 mirroring on windows 7 or server 2008 r2. This video also shows you how to mirror drives in whs 2011.179 1151 755 106 1222 670 786 1119 892 107 452 649 142 1097 990 268 163 293 654 1016 1443 1214 1397 1127 972 838 858 634 575 480