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WHS to vitualize or not? RRS feed

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  • OK so here is the deal, This my environment:

    My desktop:

    OCZ DDR2- 800   8gb mem
    4 x 500gb Sata disks
    ASUS M3N72-D
    ASUS 8800 GTS video
    Athlon Phenom X4 9950
    DISK C:  OS, applications installed, Virtual machine in documents folder 
    DISK D:  DATA disk - backup of documents, photos, home movies, downloaded apps, backup of outlook
    DISK E:  MP3 collection and download netflix movies
    DISK F:  Games  
    Operating System is Vista 64 bit

    System is used for gaming and general backup

    2nd PC:

    OCZ DDR2 - 800 4gb mem
    2 x 500gb disks
    ASUS M2N32-SLI
    ASUS 6600GT video card
    Athlon X2 6000+
    Hauppauge WINTV-HVR-1800
    DISK C: OS Vista
    DISK D: TV files

    System is used to watch TV.

    3rd PC:

    CORSAIR DDR-400 2gb mem
    1 x 320gb disk
    ASUS M8N32
    ASUS 6600GT video card
    DISK C: OS Windows 7 - beta

    System is used for the kids Homework and some games


    What I want to backup up:  MY PC DISK C: Documents folder and DISK D: and if possible a bit of E:
                                                  Kids PC Documents folder to backup homework


    So here is the scenario. I will be purchasing internal sata 1 tb disk. I have room in the 2nd pc for 6 drives so easily room for 3 more disks afterwards! So this will give me 2tb of disk space. Installing WHS on 2nd pc (where I watch tv).

    Here are my questions;


    1 - If I install WHS will I still be able to use media center to watch tv?

    2 - Seeing that I have room to install 3 more disks, should I install a spare IDE 160gb disk for the OS or use one of the two 500gb disk and let WHS do the disk splitting?
    (I know I can add the 500gb and 1TB once OS installed)

    3 - Will I have enough room to backup everything mentionned above? (I am guessing that some compression is being done during the backup)

    4 - Each device is on its on VLAN passing through Firewall what kind of latency kind I expect? (Yes I am tech nerd!!  Also a security specialist so a bit paranoid!) LOL!!!

    5 - Can I leave vista installed and Virtualize WHS and use external 1TB disk to backup to? (External disk can also be an option)

    You can give me answers to my questions or suggest alternatives. Just don't make me spend more money! My wife won't appreciate it.... LMAO!

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
    Monday, January 19, 2009 8:18 PM

Answers

  • When you install Windows Home Server, it will "take over" whatever hardware you install it on completely. And while it's possible to install it in a virtual environment, it's not supported, and really should only be done for testing. So:
    1. No, because it will be your Windows Home Server after installation, rather than a media PC.
    2. You are assuming that the computer on which WHS is installed will be doing shared duty. It won't. And when you install a disk and add it to the storage pool, Windows Home Server will take full control of that disk, creating a single partition (of up to 2 TB, the maximum size for a MBR style partition table disk).
    3. Probably, but you will need to straighten out your assumptions to be sure.
    4. You're the best person to answer that. We know nothing about your network infrastructure and configuration.
    5. This is unsupported, as I said above. I would recommend very strongly against it except for purposes of testing WHS to see if you like what it will do for you.
    Note that "unsupported" is not the same thing as "doesn't work". Many unsupported activities will work fine, but you will be on your own to a certain extent if you decide to try anything that's not built into the product, or avaialble through a WHS add-in.

    For more information about the product, you may want to check out the various documents on the Help page of the WHS microsite.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Monday, January 19, 2009 10:02 PM
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