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Windows 7: Alternative wanted for Windows Home Server


24 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 
Alternative wanted for Windows Home Server

I have windows home server installed and it is perfect for my use.
It was working perfectly until I replaced the motherboard in my 64 bit workstation and found that I could not do a restore as it would not connect to the server.
I have tried using a USB key with just about every version of the NIC drivers available and it will not work.
The main purpose of this server is for backup and it is no good to me if it won't restore.
I am a Technet subscriber so I can get nearly all of Windows server applications for evaluation.
I do not need any thing complicated just a plain basic storage server.
Not interested in Linux or other programs as I have All the windows ones available for free

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25 Apr 2010   #2

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hmm... If you want a storage server that is not Linux (or BSD), then you are stuck with Windows, any Windows... If you can get free windows activation key, why do you ask for alternatives?

I personally and professionally use Linux for my storage server needs. It got a nice web interface to use (very bandwidth efficient), can limit just about anything you have an idea for storage related "limit".

zzz2496
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25 Apr 2010   #3

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
I have windows home server installed and it is perfect for my use.
It was working perfectly until I replaced the motherboard in my 64 bit workstation and found that I could not do a restore as it would not connect to the server.
I have tried using a USB key with just about every version of the NIC drivers available and it will not work.
The main purpose of this server is for backup and it is no good to me if it won't restore.
I am a Technet subscriber so I can get nearly all of Windows server applications for evaluation.
I do not need any thing complicated just a plain basic storage server.
Not interested in Linux or other programs as I have All the windows ones available for free
the way i understand what your asking changing the server software isn't going to solve your NIC issues on your workstation ?

maybe try a PCI NIC on the workstation. or if that's not the issue then please post a simpler more direct question ?

N.B. I like server 2003
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25 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

The problem is that WHS is a 32 bit program and when you try to Restore a 64 bit computer SOME computers that have a nvidia chipset they won't work with the 64 bit driver and you have to install 32 bit drivers.
My problem is that it used to work but since i have changed Motherboard (different onboard nic)it wont work.
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25 Apr 2010   #5

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
The problem is that WHS is a 32 bit program and when you try to Restore a 64 bit computer SOME computers that have a nvidia chipset they won't work with the 64 bit driver and you have to install 32 bit drivers.
My problem is that it used to work but since i have changed Motherboard (different onboard nic)it wont work.
Pardon me, I don't use WHS so I don't really know the exact behavior. To my basic understanding, if you function WHS as a storage server (that is a computer that stores files, raw files) then there should be no problem restoring some file...

As for WHS as a 32 bit program, I don't think there's any issue about it. I can store any file in my Windows 7 x64 and copy those files to my brother's x86 XP, and those files will work (as in not corrupted). By the way, if you changed your motherboard, system restore should not be done. You require clean install - since system restore saves Windows state, you will have problems with it.

zzz2496
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25 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zzz2496 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
The problem is that WHS is a 32 bit program and when you try to Restore a 64 bit computer SOME computers that have a nvidia chipset they won't work with the 64 bit driver and you have to install 32 bit drivers.
My problem is that it used to work but since i have changed Motherboard (different onboard nic)it wont work.
Pardon me, I don't use WHS so I don't really know the exact behavior.
Exactly so when you do then you can try posting about it.
I am not a novice WHS user but have run into a problem that can't be solved with WHS until it makes a 64bit recovery CD or by replacing hardware in my computers, so I am left with no alternative but to use another server operating system.
It is quite obvious that you are a Linux fanboy but I am not and want to use one of the windows ones that are available to me but do not want overkill by installing server 2008R2 that I have a copy off.
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25 Apr 2010   #7

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
you are much more likely to get a sensible answer if you give some more information.

You say you don't like Linux so that only leaves Windows alternatives.

Now EXACTLY what do you want your server to do. Do you have a network / LAN of several computers which simply want to share files and printers or do you want to be able to share APPLICATIONS as well.

Do you also want to be able to stream media as well.

Until you can phrase your questions in such a way as to state exactly what you want to do or what the problem IS then you aren't likely to be able to get many sensible answers.

Cheers
jimbo
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25 Apr 2010   #8

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

As you can see, I don't really understand what you want to do, I'm very sorry for that. As for the "Linux fanboy", oh please... spare me the sentiment... I only say the fact, Linux is GREAT for these kind of applications period.

And about your problem, I'm confused... The computer that broke down, I assume it's a workstation that is connected to your computer network (I hope I'm right so far), and you exchanged the motherboard with another motherboard. Now, here's the fague part, is this motherboard is exactly the same as the previous one? If so, you can restore your previous OS onto it. If it's a whole different motherboard, you are bound to do a fresh install, the restore will carry more problems. Then you said that "...and found that I could not do a restore as it would not connect to the server. I have tried using a USB key with just about every version of the NIC drivers available and it will not work...", what was the content of that USB key? NIC driver versions??? You lost me right there...

As for technet subscriber, I have a subscription to MS's technet, I do get free software from time to time, but for a full OS, I never receive any, I do get evaluation version from time to time.... Either I'm excluded or I'm not subscribing to the same technet subscription package as you are... To my understanding, Windows server products are sold as boxed software, unless you signed for a Volume license... But that's just me with my limited understanding of your issue...

zzz2496
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25 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

With a Technet subscription, you get access to all of the server products as well. Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. These are all in the subscriber download section. If you paid for the $349 (first year), $249 (subsequent years) Technet subscription you should have access to all of these things.

To the OP. There is no other Windows Server product out there that will natively backup and restore your Windows boxes like Windows Home Server will (or at least should). There is also no Linux based product out there that will automatically do this with the ease that Windows Home Server will.

I can understand the problem with trying to do a full system restore if your hardware has changed. Many backup apps are going to have this problem. But I think with my testing of Windows Home Server that you should be able to reload the OS and the apps and simply recover your actual data files without issue.
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25 Apr 2010   #10

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I paid... let me have a look (I almost never poke in there these days, planning on stopping the subscription). I thought the technet subscription was only for development... My bad...

zzz2496
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