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SSD advice, migrating EX490 to WHS2011


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thanks all,

 

really great forum. I have been listening since HSS #1 when Dave started out on his own, but I haven't had that much need to touch anything really since then. My first WHS build was homemade (desktop PC with a Pentium 4 processor). I got my parents a EX490 and migrated to a Microserver with WHS2011.

 

I'll look arond for a WD red harddrive as OS drive for my parents.

 

With regards to the EX490 WHS install I plan to follow these guides from mediasmart.net. It'll be a learning opportunity :-)

 

Thanks for all the good comments. Enjoy the holidays all

- Chr

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Regarding the WHS2011 install, I did it on my Acer H340, which is very similar to a MediaSmart. I started the install on my Win7 Desktop machine, so I would have KVM. At the first reboot I shut down the computer and moved the drive to the H340 and let it continue. The 'trick', if you can call it that, was to find out the URL I had to go use in order to continue/complete the installation. I don't recall, but I suspect it will be in the instructions on mediasmart.net.

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Hi Ikon,

 

I'm going to try to follow this approach

 

1: create usb flash key install media with unattended install cfg.ini file

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010/04/26/how-to-install-windows-home-server-vail-from-a-usb-flash-drive/

 

2: Install on ex490 mediasmart using the guide:

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010/04/26/how-to-install-windows-home-server-vail-on-the-hp-mediasmart-server/

hopefully be able to access system with http://servername/connect or http://ip-address/connect .

 

3: Install LED support

http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php/topic/18458-hp-ex48x-lights-management-driver-for-whs-2011/

 

4: Install 64bit mass storage controller

http://www.missingremote.com/blog/upgrading-my-hp-whs-mediasmart-ex495-windows-home-server-2011

 

Then start adding drives and restore shares with data (music, photo etc.)

 

 

I'm reading and reading forum posts and found this article on WD and advance format harddrives

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010/12/22/using-advanced-format-hard-drives-with-windows-home-server/

is it safe to use a WD red drive as OS drive? WD Red WD10EFRX 1 TB also has the Advance Format as far as I can tell from the specifications.

Is it just the WD Green drives that are problematic?

 

- Chr

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hi Ikon,

yup - it's a good tip to add the drive to a desktop pc and run the install from there and then add it to the ex490 when it's time for first boot up.

It'll be an adventure :-)

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  • 5 weeks later...

Hi all,

 

Just a final update. The process went smoothly. I created the usb install disk on a win7 64bit pc and added the config file.

I added just one drive in bay 1 on the mediasmart server and inserted the usb install stick in the lowest usb port on the back of the mediasmart server.

I then added power and lan cable and pressed the on button.

 

The mediasmart booted up and I could hear from the harddrive that it was doing something due to the "writing sounds".

 

The unattended install process took quite a while. Initially the mediasmart appeared under network as "Server" later on it changed it's name to the name I had defined in the config file. After about 70-90 min I was able to remote desktop into the server. I then rebooted it, installed all relevant updates, mass storage driver and the LED support. Then I installed synctoy, crashplan and the SMART addin. I'm now restoring the data shares and running a server backup.

 

So far everything seems to be going really well.

 

thanks for all the help guys

Chr

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Thanks for reporting back; glad it's all working well. I'm sure the info will be valuable to others. And don't be a stranger. It's a great community; the more people who contibute, the better it gets :)

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