Thoughts on the beta RRS feed

  • Question

  • Installed it on a Dell 4550, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB hard drive last night.


    Probably just a result of it being a beta, but there sure was a lot of reboots. At one point I thought it was done rebooting and took out the DVD. It came back with an error message, but wasn't very friendly as in saying that insert the DVD again. It had me reboot and it started the install process back up.


    The rest of the install went ok.


    When using the Console, it was unfortunate not to be able to resize it. I do use a 1280x1024 monitor (on a remote PC) and it would be nice to be able to resize it.


    When setting up user names via the Console it would be nice to be able to see the user names on the remote PC so that it would be easier to sync up the names.


    It's very nice that this is much faster than the NAS drive that I have been using to share files with the computers on my internal network.




    Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:48 PM

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  • I agree with the install taking way too long. I think a non-technical home user is going to get very frustrated with not only the reboots but the immediate segway into installing updates.


     There is a section on the control panel, I believe it is under options, where it gives a scroll box but only the top scroll icon is visible. You can't get to the bottom or even use the mouse to drag the bar down. resizing was non- functional here as well.


    I have yet to see documentation showing how the drives are set up as far as raid, redundancy, hot swap ability etc.

    Sunday, May 6, 2007 12:55 AM
  • The primary target of MHS is to be the OS of a box being sold by someone else. In other words, you fork over your $500 (or whatever) and you get a small server with some hard drives inside and the software already installed. Hook it up, turn it on and you're basically ready to go.

    There has been talk that Microsoft will also make the software available as an OEM product for those who build their own systems. So the non-technical user should not have to fiddle with this.

    The scroll box looks okay to me. Your video drivers maybe?

    The drives should not be fiddled with. Microsoft's drive extender makes RAID and redundancy not needed.

    Monday, May 7, 2007 6:46 AM
  • At the time I signed up for the testing, my spare machine went down so I installed it in Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.  Yea I know its NOT SUPPORTED .... BUT!!!!!    I have had ZERO ISSUES so far!   Since I was using it in a virtual machine I decided to go with the Minimum specs.  Heres my temporary setup:


    My machine:

    AMD Athlon X2 3800+

    1 Gigabyte of DDR2 Memory

    1 Gigabyte Flash drive being used for the Readyboost feature

    Windows Vista Home Premium


    Running the Windows Home Server in this fashion: (I temporarily am running it in bare requirements)


    Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

    512 Megabytes of ram allocated to the VM

    40 Gigabytes allocated to the VM

    8 Megabyted allocated to the VM's Video memory

    NAT Networking enabled




    I will admit though, the reason I have the 1 Gig flash drive being used for readyboost is becase vista is a complete memory hog as it is.  I also Right Clicked my computer and went under advanced settings and changed it from Best Appearance to Best Performance.


    I did a test of adding my laptop wirelessly to the Windows Home server users group.  Did a backup and holey cow! It went flawlessly! Took about 10 minutes to do a backup of the "My documents" folder where I keep all my important documents.  ~35 megabytes.  To me that is fairly decent since I have Home server running in a Virtual Machine and my laptop was using standard 802.11G (not super G) wifi.


    I look forward to finding a 1 gigahertz Pentium 3 that I can install possibly 2 100 gig cheap ide drives to run Windows Home server.  So far I am extremely impressed!


    I also like the fact that I can use the Remote Desktop feature to login as a Administrator by remote to change a couple of settings when I am too lazy to go downstairs.  I just use the Remote Desktop from Windows XP on my laptop to "Remote into" my Virtual Home server.


    Monday, May 7, 2007 7:19 PM