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  • Do any of the popular Windows XP or Vista stress test utilities work under WHS?

    I'd just rather not have to install another OS just for stress testing purposes if I can do it under WHS.

    Saturday, June 26, 2010 7:24 AM

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  • Well, I was able to use Prime95 and Heavy Load simultaneously for about 12 hours, no problems.  I used MemScope for about 8 hours. No problems at all (though this is a self booting prog).

     

    Looks like WHS takes some regular Windows stuff pretty well.

    • Marked as answer by ReptileKen Saturday, July 3, 2010 1:49 PM
    Saturday, July 3, 2010 7:10 AM

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  • Why do you feel the need to test your hardware? Are you having problems?
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:18 PM
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  • I typically stress test my hardware for 24-72 hours for no errors or crashes.  I would feel this is esp satisfying if I'm operating used or older hardware for server or NAS duty, since my important data is on it.

    Do any of the popular Windows XP or Vista stress test utilities work under WHS?

    Sunday, June 27, 2010 7:01 AM
  • I don't stress test hardware. I've found that it will either fail within a few days with no need for stress testing, or it will run for years. But frequently those sorts of utilities have special server versions, and the one you can download for free (or less money, in some cases) won't install or run on server operating systems.

    Also disk testing tools will probably not know what to do with Drive Extender.


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    Sunday, June 27, 2010 1:51 PM
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  •  On 6/27/2010 2:01 AM, ReptileKen wrote:

    I typically stress test my hardware for 24-72 hours for no errors or crashes.  I would feel this is esp satisfying if I'm operating used or older hardware for server or NAS duty, since my important data is on it.

    Do any of the popular Windows XP or Vista stress test utilities work under WHS?

    If you're only planning on using it once then I would suggest http://www.passmark.com/products/bit.htm  as it works with Server 2003.  However, I think this search may yield better answers for you http://www.google.com/search?q=bootable+burn+in+test&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=&oe= (bootable burn-in test).  You may have to purchase the product, but the fact that it runs operating system independent would be worth the cost (especially since you can use the same disk on any computer in theory).

    Hope this helps, and have a great day:)
    Patrick.


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    Sunday, June 27, 2010 5:07 PM
  •  On 6/27/2010 12:07 PM, PatrickDickey wrote:

      On 6/27/2010 2:01 AM, ReptileKen wrote:

    I typically stress test my hardware for 24-72 hours for no errors or crashes.  I would feel this is esp satisfying if I'm operating used or older hardware for server or NAS duty, since my important data is on it.

    Do any of the popular Windows XP or Vista stress test utilities work under WHS?

    If you're only planning on using it once then I would suggest http://www.passmark.com/products/bit.htm  as it works with Server 2003.  However, I think this search may yield better answers for youhttp://www.google.com/search?q=bootable+burn+in+test&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=&oe=<http://www.google.com/search?q=bootable&#43;burn&#43;in&#43;test&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=&oe=>  (bootable burn-in test).  You may have to purchase the product, but the fact that it runs operating system independent would be worth the cost (especially since you can use the same disk on any computer in theory).

    Hope this helps, and have a great day:)
    Patrick.

    Along with what I posted earlier, if you want something that's bootable, you may be interested in The Ultimate Boot CD For Windows http://www.ubcd4win.com/index.htm  It includes Prime95 and other "Stress testing" software.

    It should be noted that you use these tools at your own risk.  And especially with the bootable disks, they come with tools that can seriously damage (or wipe out) your system.  So, I wouldn't advise the "Hmm, let's see what THIS does" attitude (especially on your server).

    Hope this helps, and have a great day:)
    Patrick.


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    Sunday, June 27, 2010 5:35 PM
  • Windows utilities will work just fine. Heck, I've overlocked and tested with Prime95 with no issues. Now that I'm running in a VM, it doesn't matter too much.. but I like the option to do it :)

    Tuesday, June 29, 2010 12:25 AM
  •  On 6/28/2010 7:25 PM, Evaders99 wrote:

    Windows utilities will work just fine. Heck, I've overlocked and tested with Prime95 with no issues. Now that I'm running in a VM, it doesn't matter too much.. but I like the option to do it :)

    Well it was more intended for the person who says "Hmmm what does Partition Manager do?" and wipes their systems out.  I was trying to get across that if they're using it for doing the benchmarks, to keep their cursors off of the other stuff. <vbg>


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    Tuesday, June 29, 2010 1:59 AM
  • Well, I was able to use Prime95 and Heavy Load simultaneously for about 12 hours, no problems.  I used MemScope for about 8 hours. No problems at all (though this is a self booting prog).

     

    Looks like WHS takes some regular Windows stuff pretty well.

    • Marked as answer by ReptileKen Saturday, July 3, 2010 1:49 PM
    Saturday, July 3, 2010 7:10 AM
  •  On 7/3/2010 2:10 AM, ReptileKen wrote:

    Well, I was able to use Prime95 and Heavy Load simultaneously for about 12 hours, no problems.  I used MemScope for about 8 hours. No problems at all (though this is a self booting prog).



    Looks like WHS takes some regular Windows stuff pretty well.

    If you ran them from a CD (like the Ultimate Boot CD) then they ran under a different version of Windows (assuming you booted to them).  Otherwise, it's because the programmers developed it for Windows Server 2003.  Essentially anything that says it will run on Windows Server 2003, will run on Windows Home Server, because they are the same thing (with modifications done to WHS).

    Have a great day:)
    Patrick.


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    Saturday, July 3, 2010 5:01 PM