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Drashna Jaelre

Better question is why would it have to be separate? What COULD NOT run on it? 

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captainshiner

I plan on moving over to Windows 8 Pro for my WHS2011 replacement as well. I dont need the simplicity of the WHS solution...it was just nice to have around. With the options we have today, its not as critical to have a dedicated WHS. I'll migrate my shares over, get CrashPlan Pro going again, and have offiste and USB backups. As long as my shares are safe, I could care less about BMR these days.  BUT...I still have the option with the OOB Windows backup to any network target.

 

Backing up a step here, my reason for going away from it is to collapse down a couple boxes, and build a new HTPC. This will primarily be my file server, but also do some light gaming and blurays. The gaming and movie playback wasn't wasn't going to be done on WHS2011.

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jmwills

Why not run WHS as a virtual machine?

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Al_Borges

If the box hosting the virtual machine goes down how do you do a BMR??

 

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jmwills

I'm not concerned about BMR's, data retention and access is the key.

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Technogod

I run this setup. Windows 8 Pro with WHS 2011 running as a VM. I use Acronis 2014 to do a daily backup of Windows 8 Pro system drive. That is how I'm able to do a BMR using my WHS 2011 Server Backup if the box hosting the VM goes down.

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ikon

jarin2, you really need to provide more details about your hardware. For one thing, is your laptop certified for Windows 8?

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pcdoc

This is a topic that has been debated for a long time.  I have used the WHS 2011 in a VM, the stand alone Windows 8 and of course the dedicated WHS 2011.  Each has a place but to me it is largely driven by how many PC's your are backing up and how much data you have.  More than 2 PC's or more than 2-3T of data and a Window 8 machine becomes impractical as a backup solution.  No single instance backup forces you to requiring a larger backup pool and forces you to a backup solution for each PC.  I love Acronis but I only use it on my main machine and my server for the OS as backing up 6 systems would just not be practical though it certainly would work.  Just have to rite size the job.  I recently ran WHS 2011 in a VM and used acronis and that works well but again, it adds a layer of complication to the equation.  You can do all these things but whether you should or not depends on your own situation.  My Two cents...

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adsboel

when I think of it, I didn't use my windows 2008 r2 for anything that windows 8 cant do. Maybe raid5 via software, but that is amended by the appearance of storage drive pools.

 

I would say go with it. You have a nice box you can always remote desktop to or remote app on, when you need to run off your existing desktop. Its nice for many things and feels complete in a work group type of setup.

 

Brian

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jmacbo

I'm running windows 8 on my microserver, it works well enough and I found it to be simpler and didn't have as much stuff that I didn't need compared to the server versions. 

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