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  • I bought an old Intel SE7501BR2 server board with Dual 2.8 GHz Zeon processors on it and 2 Gig of memory. I also bought an old PCI-X buss 3Ware RAID Controller 9500s with 12 SATA ports on it to make a NAS Box. My original intention was  to use FreeNAS for the OS, I know that it is compatible with all my hardware, but after looking into my options I thought that I might be better off using WHS Vail. Especially if I could use NTFS.

    Does anybody know if WHS - Vail will work on older hardware? Especially the 3Ware controller.

    Is WHS similar to XP, Vista, or Win7 driver wise?

    Does WHS have NTFS as a option?

    I want to know if it would be worth my time to try WHS on my system. It would be a great way to impliment my old Server.

    Information on anything else that I didn't think of would be welcome as well.

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 3:11 AM

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  • I bought an old Intel SE7501BR2 server board with Dual 2.8 GHz Zeon processors on it and 2 Gig of memory. I also bought an old PCI-X buss 3Ware RAID Controller 9500s with 12 SATA ports on it to make a NAS Box. My original intention was  to use FreeNAS for the OS, I know that it is compatible with all my hardware, but after looking into my options I thought that I might be better off using WHS Vail. Especially if I could use NTFS.

    Does anybody know if WHS - Vail will work on older hardware? Especially the 3Ware controller.

    You should check the WHS blog for minimum specifications for Vail (and the Vail beta forum for more questions/details about that OS).

    Is WHS similar to XP, Vista, or Win7 driver wise?
    WHS is written on top of Windows Server 2003, so ideally you want those.  However, if that's not available, XP drivers will usually work as well.

    Does WHS have NTFS as a option?

    All drives are automatically formatted as NTFS.

    I want to know if it would be worth my time to try WHS on my system. It would be a great way to impliment my old Server.

    Information on anything else that I didn't think of would be welcome as well.

    You should check the WHS home page for more details/Technical Briefs/tutorials/etc about WHS.
    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 5:10 AM
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  • Does anybody know if WHS - Vail will work on older hardware? Especially the 3Ware controller.

    http://www.3ware.com/support/os-support.asp

    Microsoft Windows                                                                                                                                   
    7000/8000/9500S/9550SX(U)/9590SE

    • Windows 2000 (SP4 and newer), XP & 2003 [32-bit x86 & 64-bit x86_64 (x64) AMD Opteron/Intel EM64T]
    • WHQL driver for Windows 2003 with the 7000 and 8000 series (32-bit x86)
    • WHQL driver for Windows 2003 with the 9500S/9550SX(U)(U)/9590SE/9650SE series [32-bit x86 & 64-bit x86_64 (x64) AMD Opteron/Intel EM64T]
    • See 3ware KB article http://www.3ware.com/KB/article.aspx?id=14928 regarding Windows Vista/Windows 2008 Support
    • For Windows 7 see 3ware KB article 15583

    9650SE/9690SA

    • Windows XP [32-bit x86 & 64-bit x86_64 (x64) AMD Opteron/Intel EM64T]
    • Windows 2003 [32-bit x86 & 64-bit x86_64 (x64) AMD Opteron/Intel EM64T] driver is logo certified
    • Windows Vista/Windows 2008 Support
    • For Windows 7, see http://www.3ware.com/KB/article.aspx?id=15540

     Is WHS similar to XP, Vista, or Win7 driver wise?

    Vail is written on the Server 2008 core.  With that said your driver range will be from XP to Server 2008.  I have some pretty old (4years) hardware and W7 & Server 2008 picked it right up.

     The original WHS Version 1 was written on the Server 2003 core.  So there XP drivers will work.

    WHS is written on top of Windows Server 2003, so ideally you want those.  However, if that's not available, XP drivers will usually work as well.

    Never hurts to try.  While it may not be officially supported if it works and you can work with it, go for it.

    While everyone says it's not supported I have 1 WHS-V1 working just fine with NO problems on a Abit KA7-100  board with a SLOT-1 AMD 750MHz processor and 512MB of ram.  Another is a Abit KA7-100 board with AMD-900MHz processor512MB that runs fine also.  While it may not be supported they work just fine.

    jd

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 6:41 PM