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Upgrading from WHS2011?


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Thank u all for quick replies.
Unfortanetly I can only get server 2019 Essentials for free.
The actual backup function of computers i've come to not use much at all over the years. Once a hard drive dies, it s about time to do a Clean install anyway
 
Most important is Plex as media server and as a file server.
 
All the stuff u guys write about Active directory and virtual Machines... Sorry, but my knowledge is zero there.
 
Regarding hardware, my current machine has this CPU: AMD Black Edition, Phenom II X2 555 3.2GHz-Socket AM3-L3 6MB 
Do u need more info about hardware?
 
Thanks for your support, i really appreciate it
This was the same hardware that powered my last WHS2011 server around 6 or so years ago

This hardware is close to 10 years old. Do you really want to put the time and effort to learn and get server 2019 running on it?

If your current whs2011 machine is still functioning, then continue to use it as a plex server/file server. Set up file shares the traditional way and not install the whs connectors

There are plenty of apps available for file syncing and backup


If you need to go away from whs2011, then there are several free or low cost alternatives like freenas, openmedia vault or unraid. There is a forum subsection on this with tons of info

You could also see if you could get windows 10 on it. Might even still be able to upgrade for free

https://www.zdnet.com/article/heres-how-you-can-still-get-a-free-windows-10-upgrade/
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My WHS2011 still works, but there are caveats:

 

1. I find it necessary to reboot maybe once a week. Otherwise, any number of strange things starts to happen

2. It's no longer getting critical security updates

3. 8GB RAM limit

4. The client backup stopped working ages ago

 

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Unfortunatly my choice is WS2019 for free or I'll need to pay .

I know it's old harware, and I am thinking about not changing anything and just keep going, as long as it works. Because right now it more or less fulfills all my whishes. It's just a bit of worry that MS no longer update WHS2011. Other options are buying all new hardware, but I'm not keen on putting all that cash on a new server since the functions I need are quite minimal.

Like oj88 said

2 hours ago, oj88 said:

My WHS2011 still works, but there are caveats:

 

1. I find it necessary to reboot maybe once a week. Otherwise, any number of strange things starts to happen

2. It's no longer getting critical security updates

3. 8GB RAM limit

4. The client backup stopped working ages ago

 

 

I was thinking about a strong NAS, but not sure they can handle multiple transcoding in Plex media server.

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1 hour ago, Trig0r said:

Personally, I'd go the 2019 route, Hyper-V, and then go from there..

 

YMMV..

Googling Hyper-V 😉

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I'm in same boat, would like to upgrade to Server Esentials 2016 or server 2019.  is it possible to do a upgrade?  or am i forced to do a clean installation.

 

this is what i have:

 

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^ AFAIK, there are no in-place upgrade for WHS2011. It's a dead end.

 

What you can do is to remove the WHS2011 system drive and store it in a safe place, then install a fresh OS of your choosing on a new SSD/HDD. With that, you can always swap it back and boot-up the WHS2011 system drive or attach it to a USB enclosure/dock so you'll have access your files still on it.

 

This is what I did exactly a year ago. I am now on Server 2019 but I still have the WHS2011 system drive in a drawer. And even though I no longer have a use for it, I'm just keeping it around, just for the heck of it. I might boot it up again in an isolated environment just to reminisce on what it was used to be like. lol

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I too moved from WSE12R2 to WS2019. Ended up installing Hyper-V on the 2019 host and converting the WSE12R2 to a virtual machine. Migrated the virtual instance under Hyper-V. Probably going to decommission this VM altogether soon.


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I went from WSE2012, to WSE2016, then to flat 2019, then ended up just installing Windows 10 on my server with the Hyper-V feature, all I need my 'server' box to do these days is run a few VM's which Win10 does happily enough...

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I'm still running WHS 2011, working like a charm. 40 TB of storage with the attached external storage box.  Understood no support.  Just read the part about "not getting critical security updates".  Not a router/internet access expert here - but isn't there a way to isolate the WHS2011 box from the internet?  I don't use the remote access any longer.  Curious... Not sure if there's a need to be concerned if still running WHS 2011

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