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  2. "14 of those 30 are still 2TB drives" You are in good shape then to test a 7-column, mirrored STORAGE SPACE ... ... but you are gonna need something like: Define 7 XL — Fractal Design (fractal-design.com)
  3. All the Windows Small Business servers and Windows Essential servers required a domain. The Windows Server Standard, Datacenter and (now gone: Enterprise) editions has always been a workgroup install per default. You could then either join them to an existing domain or make them a Domain Controller (hence, creating a domain) Windows 7 connects nicely to any Windows Server from NT to 2019 Regarding the hardware, Server 2019 support a ton of hw, but download a trial (like you did ) and test it first to make sure the hw is supported. Processors and motherbo
  4. Sorry, I am not an unraid expert, just starting to play with it myself. It is not a drive pool. It uses a parity drive to protect against a drive failure. No it is not free, but it is well supported and upgraded. It is a good storage server with virtualization capabilities and great app support. One of their user groups would likely have better answers to your questions.
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  6. Hey Guru, I like what you said about WS2019. When you say it is "always" a workgroup server, does that mean it installs itself that way BY DEFAULT? If so, it is very much unlike all the Server Vers that have come before it, with the notable exception of WHS of course. I can get by with 5 users, but just barely. Would you happen to know if I can connect my remaining Windows 7 boxes until I can get most of them updated? A couple of them are going to have to remain W7 machines for the foreseeable future due to some mission critical legacy software that will never be adapted to W1
  7. [2ND REPLY] Hi schoondoggy! Since I replied to your post, I went over to the Unraid site and started to look over their documentation. From what I can tell, given my limited knowledge, Unraid does NOT mean Drive Pooling. I searched the documentation and could not find any references to that concept or Duplication either. It constantly talked about Cache Pooling, Parity Drives and so on. It seems to me at this stage that Unraid is just another form of RAID itself, maybe simpler or some other advantage over traditional RAID. Also, it is not free. That in and of itself is not a deal bre
  8. ... by limiting the number of attached Drives to a measly SIX (6)! Can you believe that? No. I didn’t. Had to look it up. But of course you were right. A number of drives limitation in a STORAGE server??? What are they thinking about! Ok. Standard server has for all practical purposes no limitations. And It’s always a workgroup, non-domain server with local user accounts. You can then ADD the domain role at a later time if you want to, but you don’t have to. Number users are limited to 5 if you don’t buy additional user license. By limited means licensed - the server itself doesn’t coun
  9. I outlined my ideas a few years back in this post: https://homeservershow.com/forums/topic/16182-converged-10g-home-storage-network/ "I would really like to hear some of your major reasons why you are so big on Win10 Pro all around!" The usual "that's what I know and am comfortable with" ... ... and largely because I have always been able to find cheap licenses of the PRO edition one way or another over the years. Starting with a few Windows 7 HOME licenses, $MSFT marketed Windows 8 by selling upgrades to PRO for c£25. Then the upgrade to Windows 10 was f
  10. Why not also consider TrueNAS? I have XPEnology and TrueNAS. I like the former for the friendly interface (Synology DSM) and I use it to backup my main Windows Server 2019 + Drive Bender. However, I'm also playing around with TrueNAS (formerly FreeNAS) as the future home of my data just because it's absolutely free and uses ZFS. ZFS works under the assumption that all hard drives are horrible, lying pieces of s**t that cannot be trusted to hold your data. ZFS will continually challenge these drives to make sure that the data is consistent down to the last bit. My ideal scenario
  11. Thanks JackoUK. ► I would really like to hear some of your major reasons why you are so big on Win10 Pro all around! ► Thanks for the PC World reference. I already own 2 Win10 Pro Licenses, but if I go this route, I am going to need several more. ► I looked at your link. Seems even with W10Pro, it is not possible to delay "Quality" updates longer than 35 days. Only "Feature" updates can be delayed for 365 days. Is this the way you understood it? If this is true, it puts the Win10 option in a slightly different light. I can just see one of MS's "Quality" updates
  12. Thanks Al_Borges. Appreciate your input. I assume you mean Windows 10 Pro "AS" a Server, right? Utilizing my Licenses and Pool Reassembly are very attractive options for sure, which is why I am looking hard at this option as well. However, I'm not too certain it will work in my case, since I will be using a completely new and more modern Motherboard, CPU, updated PCI-e SAS HBA's and SAS Port Expanders. I am worried that I may not be able to just RE-attach the pool since everything will be so new and different. If I wind up having to copy everything over to the new server, then that
  13. You know, I've heard this recommendation so many times from so many people. I know so little about anything Linux, I guess I'm just a bit scared to go down that Rabbit Hole. I have almost ZERO experience with it. I've only used it as installed on a bootable USB stick for visiting Web Sites I don't completely trust or the Dark Web etc etc. I visited the Link you provided, and it does seem tailor made for my needs. I've got a couple of concerns: I assume UnRAID means Drive Pooling, but what about Duplication like in DrivePool? I didn't see any mention of that? Does th
  14. Thanks ever so much GURU for your prompt and detailed response. Much appreciated. Yes, I agree. Seems the bottom line is: There really is NO good solution to replace WHS2011. Sad indeed. Synology is great stuff, I agree! But it’s just cost prohibitive for me right now. Plus I currently have 30 drives in my server, which would drive the cost radically higher for a Synology system. The only viable solution would be to invest in all new high capacity drives at extreme additional cost. If money were no object, Synology is the way I would go.
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  16. nrf

    Microserver Gen7 problems

    my recollection is there is even a second bios setting beyond the 'boot order' part that says to give usb priority, something else to check for.
  17. JackoUK

    Microserver Gen7 problems

    You should take the USB key out once the first pass of Windows install is complete: there will be a message saying 'rebooting in 10 seconds' which is there for you to remove the key. Every device is different but each has a priority list of locations to boot from. If 'USB drive' is the top priority then it will be selected each time, so the partial new install on disk will never be reached. Once you remove the key the device will start looking elsewhere and see the hard disk partition and the OS install will complete thereon.
  18. Very biased here ... W10Pro on all machines: tablets, laptop, servers. If you keep an eye on the PC WORLD website they occasionally have offers for retail versions of W10Pro at around $30 (twice last year). $MSFT took a huge amount of flak for the forced updates from enthusiasts and professionals: as a result updates can now be postponed for up to 365 days on Pro and Enterprise editions How to delay Windows 10 updates like October 2020 Update | Digital Citizen. Now 365 days seems to be enough for me. Indeed if you do not accept security updates for over a year, you run
  19. A low impact change would be a windows 10 pro server. You not only could reuse your drivepool/scanner license, the array should re assemble on your new install Be sure to un register your licenses before you switch I went away from a windows 10 based server a couple of years ago because of the update issues you mentioned. I beleive the update situation is much better now, especially with windows 10 pro I do miss using drive pool much easier to manage versus a raid
  20. With the amount of storage capacity you require, I would look at Unraid | Unleash Your Hardware
  21. Ah, yes. It’s a tricky one. Microsoft has completely moved their focus to the cloud. So on-perm users are left to their own devices (pun intended LOL). Except for Company users who are willing to pay for the software at a - for home users - premium. I would probably go for a NAS solution. Synology is my personal favorite and they are constantly improving their products and prices are fair. Windows 10 is a solid platform but I agree that the update - reboots are annoying. Not even taking into account the semi-annually upgrade of the entire OS.
  22. Hello all! It’s been years since I hung out here. Recently however, I sort of RE-discovered it and it seems to have really taken off on the Server side, which is what I was mostly interested in. Anyway, I could use a little help and advice from those of you much more knowledgeable than I. I know this has been discussed here before, but it’s been a couple of years since, according to my search results. I’m hoping some new solutions might now be available. I am still happily running WHS2011 as my 92TB Home Media Server, with Stablebit DrivePool and Scanner. I’ve hit a wal
  23. TheGuru

    Install of Win Home server 2011

    I dont know of a way to do it as WHS is hard coded to require min 160Gb free disk space. I would probably install WHS on a large HDD and then use a tool like the ones described here: https://www.how-fixit.com/migrate-os-to-ssd/ ...to migrate it to a smaller SSD. Haven’t tried it though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. How to install and run on Windows Home Server 2011 from 120 GB SSD? Thanks
  25. I have acquired a used HP Proliant Microserver Gen7. Recently I have tried to install on the server Windows 7 and Windows Home Server 2011on separate hard drives. I have used a Rufus generated bootable USB keys to install both products. The Gen7 bios ID is 41, the bios date is 7/29/2011. During the install of both Win 7 and the Server I have left the Rufus USB plugged in the USB port. Surprisingly, for both product, the server had finished the installation and immediately started reinstalling the software multiple times. I had to interrupt install of both products manually. I woun
  26. I need keys for HP Proliant Microserver Gen 7, 5151 used to open the hard drive bay. Anyone knows where are the keys available?
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