VMware Workstation testing of Windows Home Server 2011 (Release Candidate) works with same instructions as it did with Vail
Posted 05 February 2011 - 03:53 PM
First, downloaded from here by signing into Microsoft Connect:
Then followed these instructions exactly:
although of course I pointed to the new ISO named "EN-US_WHS_PREM_InstallDVD.iso"
I also went with "Host-only: A private network shared with the host" instead of bridged networking, and plan to connect a Windows 7 x64 virtual machine to the same private network.
To test a restore of a backup of the VM I'll make, I'll just boot another identically configured Windows 7 x64 VM, with the ISO mounted "EN-US_WHS_PREM_RestoreCD.iso" also connected to the same private network, and see how it goes.
Posted 06 February 2011 - 08:21 AM
FYI, here's how drive letters were laid out on the WHS2011 system, carving the original 160GB drive into:
100MB hidden partition without a drive letter
60GB C: (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)
100GB D: (Primary Partition)
I added a 200GB drive, it got assigned drive F:
I added a 300GB drive, and assigned it as the backup target for the backups of the WHS2011 server OS itself, and it got no drive letter.
So, after adding a 2nd and 3rd "VMware" hard drive to the WHS2011 machine, it seems it would be better if WHS had moved the CD-ROM from E: to Z: automatically during the initial install, to get it out of the way, but I realize this isn't Windows 2008 x64 R2 default behavior, and this is largely a cosmetic thing that I'll just get used to.
Edited by tinkererguy, 06 February 2011 - 08:30 AM.
Posted 06 February 2011 - 04:42 PM
1) you can do both a restore of individual files or folders, and a backup, at the same time
2) the blue icon in your system tray, indicating backup is underway with percentage done when you hover your mouse over it, is gone with WHS2011.
You instead click the green Launchpad icon, then choose Backup, then it shows status/percentage
3) it appears to not like cloning much (same for WHS v1), to avoid issues, on the cloned system, you need to:
a ) change the computer name
b ) uninstall the client connector
c ) reboot
d ) re-install the connector
which seems to work fine, I can then backup and restore just fine.
Edited by tinkererguy, 06 February 2011 - 04:42 PM.
Posted 09 February 2011 - 09:02 PM
Edited by tinkererguy, 09 February 2011 - 09:03 PM.