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  • I know you can backup the WHS system disk via External HDD. Is there a way to do it over LAN to another computer??

    I don't really want to have to get an external drive JUST for the WHS system drive. How else can I back it up?

    What about installing like Norton Ghost and creating an image?

    Thanks for your replies..
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 3:04 PM

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  • Hello,
    there is no approved or supported way to backup the system drive.
    (Ghost would not even work with WHS, since it is rejecting installation on a Server OS.)

    The method to fix stuff with the system drive is to replace the drive, boot from the DVD or use the server makers recovery method and perform a server reinstall.
    This will preserve the data, which is not stored on the primary drive and install Windows Home Server. You will loose the user accounts, some settings and customizations, which are stored on the C: drive.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 3:27 PM
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  • Hi,
    In fact, there is no accepted method of backing up your system disk, to any other location. You can in fact, back up either your Shared Folders, or your Backups, to another drive, but this must be attached to the server, as WHS can then keep track of the drive. This means for example, that you could use two or more portable drives, which could be rotated off-site, with a copy of your Backups or Shared Folders on them, and WHS knows what each drive contains, so doesn't waste time the next occasion any of these drives are re-attached.

    Using an Image-creating system is also not really a feasible method, as WHS changes records on a regular basis, both on the C: partition, and the D: partition, so  it's very likely that re-instatement of that image would lead to multiple errors and missing files.

    The recommended method of recovering from a failed system drive, is just to do a server re-install, it's straightforward, and recognises all your stored data.
    Just note though, that any system which is very full, could quite well store data on the D: partition as a last resort, so that data would be lost in cases of system drive loss.

    Colin




     

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    Thursday, November 6, 2008 4:18 PM
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