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10 things I learned about Windows Home Server the hard way (on a Friday night)

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  1. If you really want to learn about Windows Home Server build your own
  2. It was about the same cost to build my own WHS as it would have been to just buy one (but not anywhere as fun)
  3. Advanced Admin Console should be your first Add-In
  4. Disk Management should be your second Add-In
  5. Gigabit, gigabit, gigabit
  6. Get a Router with UPnP
  7. Get the RSS feeds from the five blogs listed at Microsoft WHS (at least these five)
  8. You cannot use Restore to a change to a different size hard drive
  9. Backup WHS regularly
  10. Backup WHS regularly, again 

Blogs listed at: 

See you next Friday night

Timothy Daleo


Written by Timothy Daleo

April 11, 2009 at 6:39 am

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  1. […] 10 Things to Learn about Windows Home Server April 11, 2009 — Philip Churchill Website Using Windows Home Server has a list of 10 things that writer Timothy Daleo learned the hard way about Windows Home Server, which you can read here. […]

  2. I’ve done a restore to a different size hard disk. I’ve done it twice now to upgrade those PCs to bigger disks.

    I did have a problem booting initially, but a quick repair of windows fixed that.

    WHS Fan

    April 11, 2009 at 11:07 am

  3. What was your solution for the boot issue? After what seemed to be an easy Restore I got into the boot loop where it keeps trying to get you to boot in Safe Mode. Frustrated, I ran the repair from the XP SP2 disk that I had. Although it did complete in only 10 minutes, the download and install of SP 3 and the 3.5 Framework after the fresh boot was the issue. This total update process actually took about 30 minutes longer than if I had just used Windows backup first, put the new disk in, loaded XP and restored from the Windows backup. I have a working, larger and updated drive now but the time after the “boot loop” to updated Windows was over two hours after all of the updates. In fact, the whole process was about two and a half hours.

    I am very much Interested in your comments.

    Timothy Daleo

    Timothy Daleo

    April 11, 2009 at 1:46 pm

  4. I’ve also used WHS to install a larger hard drive on a laptop. It was painfully slow but it worked without a hitch. I did this about 6 months ago or so.

    Dave D

    April 11, 2009 at 2:29 pm

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