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I have a question about backing up the system partition of WHS 2011. I installed 2011 on my EX490 and am currently backing up the system partition but am wondering if that is a waste of time because as I understand it, the only way to restore it is when I perform a system install it is one of the options of the install, but since I am doing a headless install, I won't have that ability, will I??? I got rid of my frankenbuild server in favor of the HP and am regretting it all the time. Any ideas, am I wasting my time backing up the system partition or is there a way to restore it headless???

 

TIA,

 

BTW, I love the podcast and these forums rock.

 

Don

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You're basically going to need one of these: http://www.mediasmartserver.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8066

 

To be honest, running a MediaSmart Server permanently headless is one of the reasons I upgraded to my own build, because if you kill the network connection, you're basically left with a fancy expensive box that just generates some heat. But this should solve that problem if it arises.

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I have a question about backing up the system partition of WHS 2011. I installed 2011 on my EX490 and am currently backing up the system partition but am wondering if that is a waste of time because as I understand it, the only way to restore it is when I perform a system install it is one of the options of the install, but since I am doing a headless install, I won't have that ability, will I??? I got rid of my frankenbuild server in favor of the HP and am regretting it all the time. Any ideas, am I wasting my time backing up the system partition or is there a way to restore it headless???

 

TIA,

 

BTW, I love the podcast and these forums rock.

 

Don

 

 

Although it can be done, if it where me I would consider the HP microserver or other type of box that has some video rather than go the mod route. You can could sell you HP unit on the used market for a decent price to make up the difference. Just my two cents. Throw some extra RAM and you are good to go with 2011. Check out Tim's post on it.

 

http://usingwindowshomeserver.com/2011/04/19/hp-proliant-microserver-usb-3-0-video-edition/

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16859105905&cm_re=microserver-_-59-105-905-_-Product

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