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I need to spin up a basic, low-powered storage server box in my home environment as a temporary storage location when I'm moving large amounts of data off of other systems.  Recently dug up an old Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard with an AMD Athlon X2 4850e 45W CPU, 4 GB DDR2 RAM.  Seems perfect for such a box that's going to be tucked away with a bunch of drives.

 

- Will this hardware run WS2012 Storage Server x64?

- Should I use storage spaces or my spare Adaptec 5805 hardware RAID controller?

 

All opinions welcome.  Thanks!

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Out of curiosity, any particular reason you want it to run WS2012? With older hardware it might be a closer match to run an OS from the mobos timeframe.

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Good question. I guess I just wanted to run a current OS. For now I've gone with Win 8 Pro x64. Since jury still out on storage spaces, I'm going to run a RAID0 array on my old Adaptec 5805 hardware controller. Is a file server for temporary storage so I don't want to lose HDD space for redundancy in a RAID5. There are 4 x 2 TB HDDs in this case.

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Sounds like it could be a good candidate for Stablebit DrivePool or DriveBender. At least that way you can still read the drives individually if you want.

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I need to spin up a basic, low-powered storage server box in my home environment as a temporary storage location when I'm moving large amounts of data off of other systems.  Recently dug up an old Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard with an AMD Athlon X2 4850e 45W CPU, 4 GB DDR2 RAM.  Seems perfect for such a box that's going to be tucked away with a bunch of drives.

 

- Will this hardware run WS2012 Storage Server x64?

- Should I use storage spaces or my spare Adaptec 5805 hardware RAID controller?

 

All opinions welcome.  Thanks!

 

I ran Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard on a N40L with no problems -- I don't have any experience with your GA-MA78GM-S2H but I would guess that you would be fine (it's running W8P64b now and has a Gigabit NIC) -- the only way to know for sure would be to try it.  A RAID card set on RAID 0 (since it's temp storage anyway) could be a lot of fun too!

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I noticed Acronis doesn't support WS2012 yet (due in next release).  In the meantime, are there are WS2012-compatible apps that allow drive imaging?  I'd like to image my 5 TB RAID5 over to my file server so I can migrate to RAID 6 with a new Adaptec 7805 series card.  Adaptec recommended I image the drive, delete the current array and re-create the array as a RAID 6 then restore the drive image to the new RAID 6 array.

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I noticed when I removed my RAID array, all previous shares disappeared from the WS2012e STORAGE tab.  Now that I've restored the same RAID array, I was hoping I could just re-map the shares/folders in the STORAGE tab without having to manually re-add each share again.  Is this not possible?  Or would I have to rollback to a server backup created prior to dropping the array?

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I don't know of any way to magically restore shares & permissions. 

 

One idea I can think of would be to restore the entire data drive from an image backup, probably one made using Windows Server Backup. I don't know for sure if that would work, but it might.

 

Another idea might be to have a VHD of the data drive and recover it.

 

'Course, both of these idea requires pre-planning, so they are probably of no use to you :(

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I don't know of any way to magically restore shares & permissions. The one idea I can think of would be to restore the entire data drive from an image backup. I don't know for sure if that would work, but I think it might have the best chance.

 

Thanks ikon for the suggestion.  Turns out, I was able to just quickly re-add all of my non-standard shares.  In other words, those not included in WS2012e by default.  Though I did have to toggle the permissions by user upon adding each share and browsing to the same directory and drive letter where I had restored the data to.  Would be nice if, when a share link is "broken", it will still have an entry under STORAGE tab for the incomplete link.  Upon restoring, that link could then be re-established.

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