• Question

  • If I decide to do a server reinstall, I have of course to follow the usual procedure of booting from the install dvd and choose server reinstall,do I loase any data of my other hard drives or from only the c: and d: ?

    Is that correct?

    The reason I want to do that is becasuse I can't configure remote web access, it hangs in the middle and I have to cancel the process. No big deal.

    And yes, I have followed step-by-step numerous procedures, of opening up ports 80-443, deactivating firewall on the router, on the server, any other possible combination that you can imagine. I am really fed up.

    Perhaps my server doesn't like my router, which hasn't turned any problems at all so far. Oh, and another thing. Sometimes when I am rebootinng the server, cause I need to add another hard drive, the router restarts at the time the server boots.

    At the beginning before playing around with opening ports, I was able to configure a domain name-I used the one that I already had from Whs v1-but remote web access refused to work.

    in fact it rebooted my router. Very weird though.

    Anyway, I will try to reinstall the server OS, and see if this solves my , I would say, minor annoyance.

    And since we were talking about adding hard drives, I initially installed the OS in AHCI mode. Does it make any difference in HDD hot swapping or is it not supported? Is it safe to do it, or should I stick to the tradiotional method of powering down the machine before adding a hard drive?

    I would greatly appreciate your help.




    Friday, November 11, 2011 8:31 PM

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  • Andreas

    Yes you are correct, the installation should only format C: & D: (assuming it is on your first drive) although I would disconnect the other drives anyway just to be safe.

    I have never been able to install WHS 2011 with AHCI enabled - I have always given up as the installation took around 5 times as long as when installation was done in normal SATA IDE mode. It works fine on Windows 7. Having said that, if it works for you, I would use it as it is easier to attach external eSATA drives that way. As for performance, I don't think you will see much difference.


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Friday, November 11, 2011 9:18 PM
  • Only external drives you can hotswap?

    I am not interested in external drives at all, I've never been actually.

    What about remote web access?

    Should I try a different router?


    Friday, November 11, 2011 10:12 PM
  • No, you can also swap internal drives - usefull if you use drive caddies. Perhaps you should be interested in external drives for server backups and subsequent offsite storage to prevent data loss due to fire, flood, theft etc. - you can of course also use drive caddies.

    Did you check the ports were actually open by running something like ShieldsUp at www.grc.com?

    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Friday, November 11, 2011 11:22 PM
  • I am already using caddies in my server rig.

    As I said before, I am not very fond of external drives, but maybe you're right, it might prove useful.

    I'll give it a try.

    Yes, I have checked with portforward and with shields.up

    They are open.

    Anyway, I am beginning server reinstall.

    Saturday, November 12, 2011 6:42 AM