Last weekend I set up a new Windows 10 Professional box. I took my old Windows 10 Professional box, put it onto another desk, and got it going without a monitor, keyboard, or mouse. It seems to be working fine, with one problem. It tends to shut down soon after no one using it. That surprises me, I thought it would stay up and running, whether anyone was using it or accessing it. (I've got a SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition database on that machine, which I want to have access to from any other machine in my home network.)
So, why is it shutting down so quickly? Or is that some sort of hibernation or sleep mode that I'm unfamiliar with?
I've got a new desktop, which I'm going to use to replace an old Windows 10 desktop. Both are running Windows 10 Professional. At this point I don't have a spare monitor, keyboard, or mouse. On the weekend it's not a problem, because I can disconnect my work laptop, to which I've got a second monitor attached to the docking station, and the mouse and keyboard are also attached to the docking station. That's fine, on the weekends.
But how about during the week, when I must have the work laptop docked to the docking station, and the mouse, keyboard and second monitor also connected to the keyboard? So, I'm wondering, can I leave the old desktop running, connected by Wi-Fi to my router, but with no mouse, keyboard, or monitor? Or must it have at least a mouse and keyboard connected to it?
I have become somewhat lazy (using the in-place rather than the clean-build route) and bullish (reckless?) so made changes to all my machines this morning.
In general everything went slowly and smoothly ...
- DELL 7920 Windows Pro for Workstations
- HP Microserver N36 W Pro
- HP Microserver N54 W Pro
- 2x HP Microserver Gen8 W Pro
- LINX 1010 Leather Tablet W Home
- LINX 1010 Tablet W Pro
- CHUWI Hi13 Tablet W Home
… the only exceptions being 2 x LINX 1010Education tablets which run W Pro: here I received error 0xa0000400 after a message saying I was compatible and good to go.
Something to look at later … or wait for my turn.
So far the usual annoyances such as changes to windows positioning in Explorer and Edge but nothing substantial.
I also find it necessary to switch Network Discovery off and back on to make sure the shared file systems are visible in Explorer/Network.
Couple of nice, if small, things I’ve noticed already:
- GPU temperature and disk type (SSD, SD, HDD) in Task Manager/Performance
- In Security Settings one can dismiss warnings that there are no MSA accounts for Onedrive, giving a green tick in the notification area
Still no CPU performance graph for the Gen8 – maybe that’s my fault for not being at the latest BIOS level?
While I am critical of MSFT on other counts, I think W10 is one of the best things the company has done. Over the last month I’ve upgraded two old (7 and 9 years) laptops from W7 to W10 (still FOC producing a genuine activated licenses) and am pleasantly surprised how good the driver detection and provision is.
HAND (have a nice download)
I have a HP MicroServer N40L:
Windows 7 in 120G SSD as boot drive;
TWO identical 4TB disks with hardware RAID 1 set up;
Only ONE 4TB disk can be seen in Windows 7.
It's been working perfectly for almost 8 yrs.
Recently i upgraded to Windows 10 and then strange things happened:
1. Two 4TB disks cannot be recoganised in Win10, i have to treat them like a new disk, to re-format them, which is strange, but it's ok luckily i backed up everything;
2. After re-formated them and RAID 1 set up again, TWO 4TB disks appears in Windows 10. Isn't one supposed to be hidden?!
It seems like N40L Raid 1 is not working on Windows 10? Do I need a new raid driver? but i couldn't find one.
Is anyone using N40L with Win10 and hardware Raid 1? Please help!
A few questions for those who use Type-1 Hypervisors on their Gen8 MicroServers...
I am looking to try ESXi or ProxMox and have been reading a lot of the threads on here.
Hopefully you guys can help with some harder to find answers I have been seeking.
1) Which would be the better way to setup ProxMox:
a) Hypervisor on Internal MicroSD, VMs installed on SSD in ODD Port, Data on 4x HDDs in bays.
b) Hypervisor on Internal USB, VMs installed on SSD in ODD Port, Data on 4x HDDs in bays.
c) Hypervisor and VMs both installed on same SSD (partitioned?) in ODD Port, Data on 4x HDDs in bays.
d) Hypervisor on SSD using a USB-to-SATA cable on Internal USB, VMs installed on separate SSD in ODD Port, Data on 4x HDDs in bays.
2) Would a 128GB SSD be a ‘waste‘ for installing a Hypervisor on? How much space is typically needed?
3) How many VMs have you guys run on a Gen8 comfortably without it being sluggish?
4) Everyone seems to be going RAID crazy these days. Is there any reason to use it if high-availability is not that necessary and a good backup plan is in place? What is wrong with separate disks (or singular Raid0s)?
5) Does using Type-1 Hypervisors have any effect on the internal fans speed/noise? Is it possible to have 3-5 VMs running and still have the fan speed @~8% as it was when I was using 2 nested (Type-2) VMs?
Sorry in advance if some of these questions are silly, common knowledge, or “depends on what you are doing in the VMs!” 😆
Thanks in advance to all those that help!