It's that time of year again (plus or minus a few months) for Windows owners to pour out a suitable beverage, switch on the TV (say to a cricket match in Summer) and multiplex those activities with updating Windows on one's devices.
This time round I reverted to an 'in place' upgrade using the Upgrade now button at https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10, wondering whether my shared folder setup would be destroyed as it had been in previous upgrades … but no, in general all went smoothly for:
HP Microserver N36L
HP Microserver N54L
HP Microserver Gen8 x 2
These are pure file servers running W10 Professional.
The only point to note is the continued absence of the CPU usage trace on the Gen8 Task Manager graph.
Microsoft is changing the update policy for windows 10 per this article on thurrotts website
a couple of years ago, I stopped using a windows 10 homeserver because the update cycles kept breaking things
this new announcement could cause some reconsideration of this.
Don't think I am going to replace my Qnap nas anytime soon -its been rock solid
but if I where building a new server, would consider it.
wouldn't be hard to set up machine with a lot more capability than most NAS's without laying out 400 bucks for a windows server license
and you can use Drivepool, which I miss from my W10 server
I've looked up a lot of topics about this, but i've always find the half of the answers to my questions. I guess it's an unusual situation this time...
I would like to install windows 10 to my server in AHCI mode but without intelligent provisioning (it's died while upgrading it so there is no option to use it, that's another topic).
I'm able to boot the windows installer from iLO remote console but it cannot find the hdd driver. I've tried with few drivers, but no luck.
When the raid controller is the selected controller (the raid would be perfect too), the installer doesn't boot up.
-AHCI mode on( the installer is boots up in this mode only)
- No intelligent provisioning
-HP smart array won't load either
-This concept is possible?
-If yes, the raid is possible without IP and HP smart array?
-Is this will be easier with VMware esxi?
Thanks in advance!
the selection and quality of the windows 10 store apps has taken a turn for the better in the last few months
Software publishers have started to load in their win32 apps in the Store
The big one is Itunes of course. I dont use Itunes per se but a program I use ( mediamonkey) requires it to be installed to sync to Ipods and Iphones
The big advantage of loading in Itunes this way is that it leaves behind all the other crud ( apple updater, Bonjour etc) and just does Itunes
But there are several others that I have used and can recommend. In some cases the author asks for a small fee for the program via the store. but you can install on any of devices hooked into your account and updates are handled thru the MS update process
Paint.net a solid paint/photoshop type program. Very good program that I have used for many years. This is the program that should have replaced MS Paint, rather than the POS Paint 3D
Libre Office full featured office suite - fork of the openoffice project solid program more like MS Office than the google office suite. One of my daughters went to school using this and wrote her PHD thesis with it.
Irfranview Lightweight handy image viewer/editor. I have used this program for over 20 years !!!! If I need to just crop or lighten an image to paste into another document, this is what I use.
Inkscape open source Vector drawing program - similar to Adobe Illustrator and visio dont use this program often but since visio isnt part of the standard office 365 package, a good program to have loaded up
Autodesk CAD Mobile Dont confuse this for a full featured CAD program , but for viewing and marking DWG files or creating simple CAD profiles, this free program works fine
Please feel free to pass along other useful items you found in the windows store
After 2 days and no problems with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update I thought I'd report my conversion experiences.
The upgrade was offered immediately on N36, N54 and Gen8 microservers, which in my case are running Windows 10 Pro.
I accepted the 'in place' upgrade on 3 of my 4 machines ... with some trepidation since the last upgrade destroyed my shared folder configurations.
No problems of any sort thus far: only the splash screens for the new features in Edge makes one aware that things have changed.
'In place' with HDD's for the OS drive is .... very slow ... we're talking hours.
The 2nd of my Gen8 machines stalled mid way through upgrade ...but I don't think that was a server or Windows problem: when I reverted to the old OS version disk errors were reported so I suspect the OS disk is on its way out.
After repairing bad blocks I tried a clean reinstall. This is much faster (40 minutes) but one has to reinstall programs and reconfigure. Not a problem since this is only a file server, so only shared folders to reset. I'm glad this happened in one way ... good I think to remind oneself of how to handle a rebuild ... since I could not find the B120i driver file ... or indeed any other HP drivers for the Gen8, which should have been in my machine installation archive. Corrected.
The usual sites were reporting that the new version of Onedrive requires manual installation. Worked fine.
Time to explore the new features then.
I've had it in the back of my mind to try REFS via Storage Spaces for some time. Unfortunately this is another case of NASDAQ:MSFT going backwards for consumers: that option is now removed and only available in the new Windows Pro for Workstations edition. Which I won't be buying.
To be fair though the upgrade has worked without problems on LINX 1010 tablets and my old DELL PC, SAMSUNG laptop, so my initial reaction is to give MSFT the thumbs up.
Hope everyone else has good experiences too!