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Windows Home Server 2011 with cool Features?

Veröffentlicht: April 17, 2011 in Windows

A lot of people are bashing Microsoft for removing the Drive Extender, because of:
– there is no automatic mirroring of their files
– they don’t have the possibility to great big all-in-one volumes

Today I’m migrating my old DriveExtender Folders to my new WHS 2011 and had a look at the „Server Manager“. In the „Server Manager“ you find the Disk Management from Windows.
After some quick look, I found pretty cool Features:
– Stripset Volume
– Mirrored Volume
– Spanning Volume

With a Mirrored One, you have the same functionalities like with DriveExtender, but without the CPU expensive DE Application. (this was the first one, I deactivate, because my system was not able to do anything)

With a Stipset One, you get the possibilities, that the Files are spread over several Hard Drives, so you can take advantage of the power of multiple reads.

With a Spanned One, you get exactly the possibility the most of the People want. They want a big Volume, with the size of 3 HDD. (I can’t understand it – buy a bigger drive if you need to :))

So try to learn a little bit about Windows and you get a whole bunch of exciting features. If you don’t want to, buy a tool like DriveBender or whatever, which is a DriveExtender for WHS2011.

The last weeks, I waited for the News, that the Windows Home Server 2011 is available. (on MSDN/Technet)

After I found the news (thx to Twitter) I started some hours later the download and searched for some Tutorials, how to install it. There are a lot of them out there, but nothing of them really helped me out, because I stumbled into some stupid User Failures and Hardware Limitations.

Installing WHS 2011 on X312 DataVault:
– download the ISO for the WHS 2011
– create a bootable USB-Stick with the Help of a Microsoft Tool (
– create the necessary config file (cfg.ini) for the headless installation and copy it to your USB-Stick
– remove all hard disks from your HP
– put the hard disks which should be the new OS drive into Slot 4 (because my system doesn’t boot from USB Stick, if there is a HDD in Slot 1 with nothing on it)
– place the USB Stick in the Bottom Rear Slot
– start the HP (if you have a USB Stick with a LED it should start blinking after a while)
– the Server Installation will be started and the Installation Files will be copied to the OS drive
– the server tries to restart (in my case it booted again from the usb stick and nothing happened after that)
– remove the usb stick
– restart you HP
-> the Headless Installation starts
– check you Router for a new Server with an IP
– point your browser to http://IP
– follow the Web Site for the Installation

Attention: I had the problem that the Installation abort during the initial Partition creation. The Problem is, that Windows is extending your „cfg.ini“ with the line „Processed=true“. This is a little tweak to save the system, that it doesn’t reinstalls every time.
So if the Installation aborts, take the USB-Stick from your HP and remove the Line to start again.

„cfg.ini“ File:
#at least 8 chars with Upper-Case Letters, Numbers, Lower-Case Letters and Special Characters like #
PasswordHint=Password Hint

Hope it helps somebody 🙂