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  • Do you need a dedicated pc to run Windows Home Server?  I want to use an old pc that has 1.1 ghz cpu and 512mb of ram.
    However how do install?  Does it go into a portion of your current computer drive or do you have to have a brand new disk?

    Also can you install it using virtual PC?

    Friday, August 15, 2008 6:01 PM

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  • yes, you need a dedicated pc......your old pc will work fine......just install the server os and go

     

    Friday, August 15, 2008 7:25 PM
  • You can install in a virtual machine, though that's an unsupported scenario and should only be cone for light testing. If you install on physical hardware, it must be dedicated hardware; Windows Home Server will take over everything in the system when installed. Your primary drive must be a minimum of 80 GB in size; larger is better, though in practical terms there's a point of diminishing returns around 250-500 GB.
    Saturday, August 16, 2008 12:44 AM
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  • yes, you need a dedicated pc......your old pc will work fine......just install the server os and go

     

    Friday, August 15, 2008 7:25 PM
  • You can install in a virtual machine, though that's an unsupported scenario and should only be cone for light testing. If you install on physical hardware, it must be dedicated hardware; Windows Home Server will take over everything in the system when installed. Your primary drive must be a minimum of 80 GB in size; larger is better, though in practical terms there's a point of diminishing returns around 250-500 GB.
    Saturday, August 16, 2008 12:44 AM
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  • The main question is, what you are using Windows Home Server for?

    If you install it in a virtual machine, there is not much more than testing.

     

    Setup on a normal PC is greedy, it takes all what it can get on storage on that PC.

    So to use it as a backup station, buy a new disk.

    Disconnect the old hard disk with your data.

    Install WHS on the new disk, get all patches including PP1 and after that you can attach the second disk.

    Copy (via Windows Explorer) all the files and folders from second disk, which you want to keep, to one of the shares on the WHS (not to the drive directly).

    If they fit onto one of your other PCs, you could use those disks as temporary storage.

    After your files are save use the console to add the old disk to the server storage.

    Now you can enable folder duplication for the shares containing more important stuff and should be fine.

    Best greetings from Germany

    Olaf

    Tuesday, August 19, 2008 10:06 AM
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