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April 30, 2010

Add 2TB+ GPT Disk/Volume to Windows Home Server v2 VAIL

Windows Home Server v1 (WHS) was limited to using 2TB Master Boot Record (MBR) partitions in its storage pool, but the public preview of Windows Home Server V2 codename VAIL is not. This guide will show one how to use GPT Raid volumes passed through Windows Server 2008 R2 running Hyper-V into WHS V2 Codename VAIL. (That sounded way more complex than it actually is).

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April 29, 2010

Exclude System Disk from Server Storage in Windows Home Server (WHS) V2 Vail

Many Windows Home Server machines utilize a smaller OS disk (oftentimes in Raid 1 for redundancy) and then large SATA 3.5″ disks for storage. Common 2.5″ disks are laptop drives as well as SSDs. Another factor influencing their popularity in home-built WHS boxes is the fact that the Norco RPC-4220 (a popular home server 4U rackmount enclosure) has the ability to house two 2.5″ hard drives in addition to 20 SAS or SATA drives. Smaller form factor drives tend to be of lower capacity than larger 3.5″ counterparts, so some users may be wondering with the new requirement of a 160GB Operating System (OS) disk in Windows Home Server (WHS) V2 Vail if it is possible to [...]
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April 29, 2010

DuplicationInfo: WHS Add-in Review

DuplicationInfo is a small Windows Home Server (WHS) add-in that allows one to see what Drive Extender is doing. More specifically, DuplicationInfo allows a user to map a specific file stored on the WHS to the drives being used.

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April 28, 2010

AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE Based WHS: Fast and Hot!

After using one of the the lowest power AMD CPUs around, the Sempron 140 Sargas (single core) in a WHS, I decided to go to the other extreme and try a Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition. With the release of six core AMD CPU’s, and the existence of the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition, the  Phenom II X4 BE chip is not the highest end AMD CPU out there. On the other hand, WHS is currently based on the older 32-bit Windows Server 2003 kernel, so it runs on dual core CPU’s just fine. The impending release of Windows Home Server V2 VAIL means that 64-bit will be the new requirement and a bit more power will be needed for future WHS systems. A quad core is overkill but a six core CPU [...]

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