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Windows Home Server 2011 Install on HP Mediasmart 485

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joem

OK.  I have cooled down now.  Let me address the suggestions.  jmwills.  Thank you, but I don't have a monitor attached therefor cannot see to change the boot order.  Ikon.  Thank you too.  The Acer H340 procedure is how I installed Windows Server 2012 Essentials without a hiccup on the Acer H340.  Now for installing WHS 2011 on the HP, I followed the same procedure as outlined and it didn't work.  I can use remote desktop to get to the server as far as user name and password, and it is a 2011 home server install.  But no go as far as a user name and password.  Tried a few combinations by the way.  What I think I will do is try to see if the USB drive is bootable to another computer and installs the OS  (computer with monitor).  Maybe that USB drive is not good for booting.  If it does boot using another computer I will go to the point of not letting it boot and remove the drive and see put it into the HP and see if it will accept a user name and password that is on the answer file via remote desktop.  If the bootable USB drive does not boot I will try making another bootable USB drive of a different brand and go from there.  I would really like to get the 2011 home server on that HP rather than go back to WHS v1. 

 

As an aside here is the procedure for install Windows Home Server 2011 and Windows Server Essetials 2012 on the Acer H340.  I have been successful doing this with Windows Server 2012 Essentials and haven't tried it with WHS 2011.

 

 

Works for WHS 2011 and Windows Server 2012 Essentials

  1. Backup all your data (if necessary)
  2. Connect desired system drive to desktop PC. I removed
    all my other drives for the time being.
  3. Boot from the WHS 2011 DVD and run the installation
  4. When the installation reboots the computer the first
    time turn off your PC
    . This is VERY important, otherwise you'll
    end up with your PC's hardware information on the system drive and when
    you put it into the home server it will likely fail.
  5. After shutting down computer, put the new drive into
    the system drive slot on the home server. For the Acer Aspire Easystore
    H340 it is the bottom slot. Leave your other drive(s) out for now.
  6. Turn on the home server and let it run for a while.
    Mine took about 10 minutes for the installation to complete.
  7. On your desktop (it should be turned on now) open your
    Network folder and when the home server installation is complete you'll
    see it pop up as SERVER (you may need to refresh the window). SERVER is
    the default name given by the installation.
  8. Open http://ipaddressofserver/setup/launch.aspx
    from a browser (you may need to view the devices connected to your router
    to obtain the IP address of the server, or you could use the name
    "SERVER" in lieu of the IP).
  9. Confirm date and time
  10. Agree to EULA
  11. Enter product key from WHS package/COA (Make sure you
    enter the correct key all at once. I had a typo, which I then corrected,
    but the installation would not take the fix. I had to retype the entire
    product key once more and it worked fine.)
  12. Let the wizard prepare your Home Server. It will take
    some time and the server will reboot multiple times.
  13. Once done you will be prompted to connect to the Home
    Server. Say "Connect" or open your browser and go to: http://ipaddressofserver:65510/Connect/
  14. Once the launchpad and dashboard software are installed
    on your client computer you can administer the server there, however for
    more advance features you'll need to RDP to the home server.




This process would also work for replacement of a failed system drive with the
same OS.



From here it was a matter of getting my home server to the configuration I had
with v1. This included getting all my folders recreated, getting add-ins
reinstalled (if they were available for 2011), and getting uTorrent and FTP
servers set up. I RDP'd to my server and installed ESET anti-virus and a few
other utility apps such as 7-zip and the Intel storage drivers (needed for the LED driver that controls
the information ["i"] LED and also the HDD LEDs). There was also the
task of getting my files back onto the new drive...more on this below.

 

In any event I will report my findings.  Thanks again for the continued help.



 

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ikon

Sorry to hear my procedure didn't work on the HP. You're the first to mention the issue so I'm glad you posted back - wouldn't want to keep recommending it if I know it won't work.

 

Good luck with the USB drive.

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diehard

Yes, it"s a good idea to test the USB thumb drive on an other PC, some models do not format bootable. Also you need to put the USB thumb drive into the rear most bottom slot or it will fail.

 

To make sure you put the server into recovery mode, pull out the system drive 2" then power on with the USB thumb drive installed. Wait 5 seconds then push the system drive back in.

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diehard

As suggested, if your using the merthod of starting the install on an orher PC, it"s best to start the install on the PC then continue on the MediaSmart after the 1st reboot, because it"s hardware is different.

 

However you can do the complete install on the PC and once it"s running properly, then move the drive to the server. Once the server boots, it will search for the new hardware drivers so you should wait 1/2 hour and/ or see a few reboots before you can see it on your network map.

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diehard

Also you should be aware that the server case lights will no longer work as WHS v1. This is because you can not / do not have the HP 32 bit driver.

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joem

Good morning.  Here is where I am at. I tested the flash drive on another computer and it boots and installs the OS.  I then did what diehard proposed.

  "make sure you put the server into recovery mode, pull out the system
drive 2" then power on with the USB thumb drive installed. Wait 5
seconds then push the system drive back in."

Didn't work.  Tried several times.  Unless I hear back for other solutions I think I will install it on another computer and then pass it over the the HP and see if it finds and updates proper drivers to function. 

I know the answer file I have written works properly on the flash drive by the way. 

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ikon

Did you try timings other that exactly 5 sec.?

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joem

Yes.  I tried a shorter time at about 2 or 3 seconds.

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