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Disclaimer: I work for Microsoft, although not on anything remotely related to the Windows Home Server team... just sharing my personal experiences. I have had a Windows Home Server since it was first released, initially a frankenbox (that was loud and sucked a lot of power), and now an HP MediaSmart EX470. It is the only server that I love. It definitely ...


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With very few exceptions never host from a laptop. They're almost the diametric opposite of a server, they have little or no resilience to handle any failure whatsoever, are typically designed for battery life not performance, have slow disks usually, even their NICs aren't particularly capable. Oh and your broadband is highly unlikely to be 100Mb-to-1Gb, ...


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No, your data is still safe when the system drive fails. Just do a Server Reinstallation. More details can be found in this article


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You can use windows task scheduler to run net start service and net stop service at the appropriate times.


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Wait! Wait! The question about what the best RAID level is for a generic server at home, and whether/what RAID to use for Windows Home Server are two very different questions. Windows Home Server uses a special technology called Drive Extender that works in the background to ensure that data is always on two physical drives. If any given drive dies, you ...


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Thanks to both MrTomahawk and tptech for pointing me in the right direction. Turns out that there are a couple of tricks to this. For more information see the following: Getting Time Machine to Work The Way I Want MacOSXHints.com: Set up Time Machine on a NAS in three easy steps Time Machine Wireless Backup without Time Capsule Basically, you first ...


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In very general terms server (and some/most workstation) mobos and processors vary over desktop equivilants in the following ways; multi-CPU capabilities - this is a major one really, most desktops get the one CPU slot as far as I know more memory slots - some servers have 72 memory slots these days! often no, or low end, on-board disk controllers - this ...


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If you have a business, you need real hosting, not some stuff running on your notebook. EC2 is certainly much more reliable than your notebook on a home broadband connection, and you can scale it effortless if your demands get bigger. Also, home broadband connections are often asymmetric with a high download speed and a slow upload speed, which makes a ...


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You can use the WHS BDBB Add-in to force WHS to do duplication on the actual backups and also backup the "backup tracking database". This will ensure that backups survive any single-drive failure. I've even survived a System/Data drive failure and kept all my backups. WHS Plus's forum post on WHS BDBB


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Technically WHS doesn't use RAID. Microsoft came up with their own implementation, if you mean is there a way to change which option is used after the initial setup then you can tell WHS that you want to remove the drive, it will make sure all the data on it is stored somewhere else, then you can add the drive in again and select the option you want. Not ...


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I use synctoy - there is another question regarding this here


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Have you tried rebooting and seeing if that clears the lock? What about booting into Safe Mode and then doing what you need to do with those files? You can also use a tool like Process Explorer or Filemon from Sysinternals to check what processes are attached to those files.


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As mentioned by Kevin, there is a manual process and an add-in to manage the data for connected PC backups: Backing Up Windows Home Server


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Yeah, but you'd be better off running ESXi on the hardware and WHS on top of that.


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The best solution would be, if WHS supports it, to restore the C: partition to your new single partition, then extract just the files from the D: partition and place them where you want on the new, restored system.


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You have to copy the data to the shared folders if you want to access them from other computers in your house. One of the benefits of this is you can VPN to your home server and access or even stream anything from those folders should you choose. I sync my music and photos etc using synctoy


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I believe that windows home server does not currently support folder redirection. There are some hacks out there that tell you how to install Active Directory on your home server, by doing that you can get access to group policy and so folder redirection, but its not a great solution. Would be a useful thing for MS to include.


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Orihara is correct, but here is some additional detail that might help. You can create .cmd or .bat files that perform the net start and net stop command. At that point you can use the Windows Task Scheduler (usually under Accessories/System Tools) to schedule the commands start and stop time. You can also use "at" in the command line to schedule the ...


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From what you mentioned, it seems there are two machines: A. Your home server with SQL 2008 R2. B. Your laptop with SQL Management Studio. Points to remember: What edition of SQL 2008 R2 did you install on the home server? Is it full version (STD/ENTERPRISE) or express? If it is full version, then by default, the default instance is installed. Else ...


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I think hosting a live website on your home laptop is a terrible idea, you have to take into account: If you want reliability, you cannot rely on a laptop. If you have powercuts, if you laptop runs out of power, etc. your website is going to become unavailable. Using Amazon will solve this problem as there data centers will be highly disaster proof with ...


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If your primary drive fails, once its replaces you can run the server recovery procedure from the DVD. This installs the OS, and then attempts to recover the data and is usually successful. It does not recover User accounts or system settings (plugins etc).


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If you understand SHARE and NTFS permissions then yes it is possible. Home server basically creates local accounts and then a whole bunch of groups for each user and folder with different rights. SO you could create the user account for your grandparents as you would normally in Home server. Log onto the Home server and figure out what home server named ...


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It's possible but unsupported and also in violation of the EULA. It'll apparently run for 24 hours and then the licensing will check and put the machine into "diminished mode" until you unjoin it from the domain.


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You can't force folder redirection from the domain level, but you can do it on the local computer to redirect user subfolders (documents, pictures, music, etc) to the server. There should be a "Location" tab if you right click on redirectable folders, so that you can change where they are stored. Windows should ask if you want to move everything to the new ...


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You first need to add the Video share to the indexing service on Windows 7 RC. The library indexes everything in it by default. Although there is an index on the WHS server, Windows 7 won't make use of it. The use of indexing on servers only work with Windows 2008 Servers and higher. Even with Desktop Search 4.0 this is still not accessible by Vista/Windows ...


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Is it possible that Windows Explorer itself is somehow holding a handle to the file? Don't forget the file has to be opened, at least once, to generate the preview that is then stored in thumbs.db. If you are not saving the thumbs.db file then the file will have to be re-opened every time.


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I know Symantec's Partition Magic is supposed to be able to do this. Maybe you can grab a free trial and give it a go. Edit: In case its unclear, I've never tried this myself and therefore cannot vouch for that software.


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The quickest way would be to delete the second partition then use something like GParted (Boot CD) to resize the first partition to occupy all the free space. Alternatively delete both partitions (using GParted, WinPE, XP Setup Disk) then boot from the WHS restore disk and restore your most recent backup.


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You can recover if the boot disk fails by reinstalling and re-discovering the existing data. This is fairly simple and straight forward. What is more difficult is recovering the client system backups when the WHS fails. This is done by backing up (before failure) and recovering (after re-build) the WHS Backup Database. There are Add-Ins available for ...



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