The Big (30+ drive) Windows Home Server Quick Update

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Posted January 7, 2010 by Patrick Kennedy in Client Tips

After work today I got the server up and running doing a build/ verify Raid 6 array on the 8x new Western Digital Green 1.5TB drives. Since the current WHS is still in use, I used some spare hardware in the place of the legacy hardware including a 850w Coolermaster PSU, EVGA 8800 GTS 512MB, and an Adaptec 5805.

Something I should have known to do, but forgot to check, is that VMWare ESXi does not work with the Realtek onboard NICs of the Asus P6T7 Supercomputer, and apparently there is a further chipset conflict. Since I was between going Hyper-V and ESXi as a hypervisor, VMWare’s incompatibility made the decision easy.

Tomorrow after work (which sadly has been consuming 12+ hours a day lately) I will probably pick up Windows Server 2008 R2 as a Hyper-V platform. I like the idea of running WHS from the free Hyper-V server, however, since the goal of this box would be to run VM’s for other servers anyway, I’ll probably just go the Microsoft route.


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Patrick Kennedy

Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.

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