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I have an ex490 which is currently running WHS v1.  I am thinking of installing WHS 2011 but I would lose some features by upgrading to WHS 2011.  Since there is not many Add-Ins available for 2011, I am not sure if I should upgrade or not. Obviously, the server is old and outdated.  WHS 2011 is the same, old and outdated. The two big features that I would lose is the HDD and Status Led lights and Drive Extender.  I don't know if it is worth the trouble to upgrade or just continue to run WHS v1. 

 

A lot of the Add-Ins are old and I am not sure if they are available or not.  I appears Drive Bender is still available to purchase but I am not sure about the Led Lights.  It looks like there is Stablebit DrivePool as well but I am not sure if it is better than Drive Bender. 

 

Things to consider.

 

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jmwills

Is the ex490 a x64 architecture?  If not, then WHS 2011 is not going to run on it.

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pfisher

It should be 64bit.  Unless someone says otherwise. 


I know that I can install 2011 on ex490.  I had a 485 and installed 2011 on it once before. My concern is not, installation.  My concern is the Add-Ins and if they are available for WHS 2011. Again, I know Drive Bender and Drive Pool are available for a price but I am concerned about the LED lights. 

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jmwills

To me, WHS2011 was one of the best SKU's Microsoft released.  It had a limited audience appeal to be sure, but 6+ years later I'm still running it.

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pfisher

But my concern is LED lights and the absence of Drive extender.  I understand there is Drive Pool and Drive Bender which is suppose to replace Drive Extender.  There is not many Add-Ins available for WHS 2011. 

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jmwills

One of the Pooling Applications would work just fine. If you're only relying upon an LED light as your single source of integrity, you are doing yourself a disservice.  Just my opinion.

 

You keep mentioning APPS but only mention storage related concerns.  Just exactly are you trying to accomplish?

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Joe_Miner

But my concern is LED lights and the absence of Drive extender.  I understand there is Drive Pool and Drive Bender which is suppose to replace Drive Extender.  There is not many Add-Ins available for WHS 2011. 

 

I use Drive Pool with WHS2011 on an X58 board (see my signature block below) -- I recall some people got the lights to work in the EX4xx series after installing WHS2011 but that was back in 2011-2012 -- I'm sure there are threads about it somewhere detailing how they did it here and at http://www.mediasmartserver.net/forums/ but it's going to take some detective work on your part, good luck

 

Personally, I'd skip trying to use the EX490 and get a Newer machine and max out the RAM to 8GB (the max that WHS2011 can used - it's based on 2008R2 Foundation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Server_2008_R2 ) -- you can search the HSS Blog and Forums for WHS2011 builds and get some ideas from there -- you'll need drivers for 2008R2

 

Please also note that WHS2011 was end of life last April 2016 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Home_Server_2011 

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pfisher

My goal is very simple.  I would like to install WHS 2011 on ex490.  The "catch" is this, the LED lights (HDD and status) will not illuminate if the proper driver and/or Add-In is not present. Without this driver and/or Add-In, there is no point to install WHS 2011. I understand the ex490 will work with WHS 2011 without the LED lights but there is no point to that if you can't look at the server to see status lights. Unfortunately, most links are dead or page cannot be found so that doesn't help matters. I know I am several light years away asking about ex490 and whs 2011. 

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My goal is very simple.  I would like to install WHS 2011 on ex490.  The "catch" is this, the LED lights (HDD and status) will not illuminate if the proper driver and/or Add-In is not present. Without this driver and/or Add-In, there is no point to install WHS 2011. I understand the ex490 will work with WHS 2011 without the LED lights but there is no point to that if you can't look at the server to see status lights. Unfortunately, most links are dead or page cannot be found so that doesn't help matters. I know I am several light years away asking about ex490 and whs 2011. 

I understand the LED Lights give you a warm fuzzy, however, there are other tools built into the Windows OS, such as powershell that can be utilized to give you an automated report of your server.

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Drashna Jaelre

Is the ex490 a x64 architecture?  If not, then WHS 2011 is not going to run on it.

 

Yes, and WHS2011 will definitely run on it. 

 

 

But my concern is LED lights and the absence of Drive extender.  I understand there is Drive Pool and Drive Bender which is suppose to replace Drive Extender.  There is not many Add-Ins available for WHS 2011. 

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20160826200616/http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php?/topic/18458-hp-ex48x-lights-management-driver-for-whs-2011/

 

There are a few caveats though... GPT drives are not supported. So no drive over 2TBs is supported. 

 

As for WHS2011 Add-ins... 

Advanced Admin Console

Addins Tab Extender

Archive Manager

AutoExit

AWEICO DRive Info

AWEICO Remote Launcher

AWEICO Wake On Lan

Drive Bender

HomeServer SMART

Lights Out

My Movies

Personal Storage Host

Snoop De Dupe

WHS2011 Media Collector

The Office Maven's suite of RemoteApp software

StableBit Scanner

StableBit DrivePool

 

Plus there are other stuff you can install on the system as well.

 

 

I use Drive Pool with WHS2011 on an X58 board (see my signature block below) -- I recall some people got the lights to work in the EX4xx series after installing WHS2011 but that was back in 2011-2012 -- I'm sure there are threads about it somewhere detailing how they did it here and at http://www.mediasmartserver.net/forums/ but it's going to take some detective work on your part, good luck

 

Personally, I'd skip trying to use the EX490 and get a Newer machine and max out the RAM to 8GB (the max that WHS2011 can used - it's based on 2008R2 Foundation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Server_2008_R2 ) -- you can search the HSS Blog and Forums for WHS2011 builds and get some ideas from there -- you'll need drivers for 2008R2

 

Please also note that WHS2011 was end of life last April 2016 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Home_Server_2011 

 

This. 

 

You will still keep on getting security updates for Server 2008 R2 until 2020, but there are NO patches or updates for the WHS code.  that means that if somebody finds an exploit for the website, you're SOL. 

 

As for alternatives, there are a bunch of very nice Mini-ITX systems that you can use. Prebuilt (such as the Supermicro Xeon D systems), or plenty of DIY options. 

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