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    Chris wrote: I have a question about what would happen if I had a motherboard failure on my home built home server. Would I be able to just put my hard drives in a new server and have my data be intact? This is only an issue for files that located on the server and nowhere else, but could still be an issue. Any thoughts? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chris, I'm pretty sure if you replace it with the same mobo you won't experience any problems. I'm not sure how well Server 2003(which WHS was built upon) handles motherboard swaps. You know sometimes you can put the boot drive in a new pc and it will load up new drivers and work ok. Sometimes it won't! If you stay with the same platform you will have better luck. Intel to Intel, chipset to chipset, etc. Don't swap an AMD board in to a server that was running Intel. Your data is going to be intact. If your mobo swap doesn't work you can go with the WHS recovery option. It might be easier and smarter just to do this in the first place. The install disk will ask you if you want to recover a server and this should leave you data intact. As Bodog stated in show 15 you will have to put your users and passwords in exactly as you had them but your data will be intact. Anybody else care to comment?

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    Phil Writes: Hi Dave, Love the show and really getting into my Home server now. I can imagine how much time it takes researching, preparing and running the podcast so I really appreciate you doing this. I have been asking a lot of dumb questions in the various forums and found everyone to be patient and very helpful. I have a question which I am hoping you can discuss on a forthcoming show: I understand you can use uPnp to configure your router to open the necessary ports to allow remote access but this also opens up some security issues. The alternative is to open up the specific ports to reduce the risk and I found a good resource on Meediasmartserver.net site. http://www.mediasmartserver.net/wiki/index.php?ti... It appears that you can remotely connect to the home server securely from a laptop that has the home server connector installed as it uses certificates for device authentication. That sounds OK and pretty secure However you can also set up your WHS to allow users from the Internet to view your Photos, this will allow the Windows Home server to act as a web server. It looks like this will mean that I would have a web server on my internal network that is accessible from the Internet. Sure, there are logical security controls that are configurable both for authentication and access privileges but this sounds like a bad idea to me. However I can see from the various WHS forums and blogs that this is being used by a lot of people. The Windows Home Server Technical Brief for Home Networking states "By default, Windows Home Server allows connections to the home server only from home computers and devices that are on the same subnet." Ensure that your Windows Home Server is on the same subnet as the computers and devices on your home network." Therefore it would appear that putting the WHS on a DMZ is not an option. Am I missing something here? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Phil wrote: First of all - thank you for doing teh podcasts. I have only discovered them recently but they are great and are helping me to understand a lot more about this little device. I have a question which may be of interest to other newbies and perhaps you can consider it for a future episode. I have now added all my photos to the Photo webshare on my HP Media Smart server. I am backing up my PCs on my home network but i am concerned that i do not have a backup of the Media smart server itself and in particular the Photo webshare. It took me a long time to add all the photos into separate albums in the photo webshare and I do not want to do it again. My question is: 1/ What is the filename of the Photowebshare and would you recommend I just back it up to an external harddrive. If this is OK is there a process to restore it should something happen to the Photowebshare on the server? 2/ Can you back up the entire HP Media Smart Server and is there a resource you can refer me to to learn how to backup and then restore the media smart server should it crash? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hi Phil, Thanks for your questions. On the webshare database…I have not looked into it completely. I’m thinking that there is a database but I don’t use the product so I’ll have to get it up and running to test. It must import the photo into a database because I know it changes the file size and resolution. The link to a photo even says "modified" when you right click it. I like the way Webshare does some things but I'm not very fond of loading photos into it. I might be doing it wrong but I use Gallery2 to manage my photos. Have you tried Whiist? UPnP. The technical brief you mention is for connectors. The upnp ports are going to be the same as if you mapped them manually, so yes your WHS becomes a web server and is available on the internet if you enable it. Port 80, 443, and remote access port of 4125 are the ports. I would not put it on a DMZ option. That will forward every port to the WHS and for security reasons you don’t want that. The WHS team had security in mind when they made the remote portion of the server. If you don't want remote options you can always disable them and even setup blocks and logging with your router. I'll leave this with the WHS community to see if anyone has better answers. Thanks everyone and thanks to Phil for the questions.

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    Someone asked about backing up Windows Home Server's OS. I use Acronis True Image Echo Server with the Managed Acronis Secure Zone on my EX470. It creates a hidden partition on the C: drive. I have tweaked my server to use SharePoint and Media Center along with a bunch of other stuff, so I don't want to use the Server Restore CD because that will bring it to a clean install.

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    An answer courtesy of Yakuza at mediasmartserver.net: The PhotoWebshare is stored in d:folders{6f*. The problem you'll run into is that all the users, labels, album names, etc are stored in the database on C: so if you lose the system drive, your albums will be intact but you'll have to recreate all the album names, etc. There is not currently a way to backup the entire MSS, your best bet is to backup the most critical content to an external drive that you store off-site. Online backup solutions are growing in features and feasibility so that may also be an option, depending on how much you want to backup.

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    You were looking for input on what your listeners might want for an addin. I would love to see an addin for DotNetNuke. The largest opensource MS project in the world. [http://www.dotnetnuke.com] Uses: As a full replacement for the standard weak WHS internet facing web. DNN even already has an installer for pc installs. VOTE #1 for a DotNetNuke WHS addin.

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