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  • Bit of a WHS Newbie here, I replaced a WHSv1 system with WHS 2011 so I would have better W7 integration and I have been trying to understand some things: 1st, for remote web access to the home server, Windows 7 Home Premium clients are listed as "Unsupported Operating System" under the status column. I realize that W7HP doesn't support remote desktop but it seems that the message from WHS is inappropriate... This does not show up on the dashboard under "Computers and Backups" 2nd thing: Gadgets on WHS, Are they supported (if so where the heck are they enabled), I'd really like a CPU & memory monitor other than Task Manager. I've been looking at add-in and thus far I haven't found what I am looking for. 3rd thing, I've enabled client backups and so far so good but W7Hp clients are still saying that I need to set up backups. Suggestion, Once backups are set up, have the connector software tell the client that the task is done. BTW, I don't miss "Drive Extender", the old system would frequently roll over with 100% kernel time. Thanks!
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:01 PM

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  • Tom

    W7 HP is supported in the sense that you can install the Connector software etc. but as they do not have RDC capabilities, WHS can't connect to them. Not aware of an add-on that can provide that functionality - there are very few at all for WHS2011. Install the connector software (homeserver.name\connect using a web browser) and that should lead you through the process of confirming what is backed up and WHS should not warn you of a problem


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:27 PM
  • "Unsupported" in the Remote Access web site means pretty much what it looks like: you can't use the built-in Remote Desktop proxy to connect to those computers. That's the only function available at that point, so "unsupported" seems appropriate to me.

    Gadgets: Use of the server desktop is technically unsupported, and strongly recommended against for day to day use. So why would you need/want gadgets on a desktop you never see? (While worded somewhat sarcastically, that's actually serious. :) ) Put another way: This is Windows Server 2008 R2, not Windows 7. There are no supplied gadgets.

    Can you expand on your third point? I don't understand exactly what the issue is...

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:38 PM
  • Replying to my third point: On the "Action Center" -> "Maintenance" (from the task bar or control panel) on a W7HP system, even after setting up the connector software and backups, the PC tells me that backups are not monitored or set up (depends on the machine). If I go to "Backup and Restore" from the control panel, it says "Windows backup has not been set up" and if I do set it up, I will not see the server as an option, only non-system disks or DVD drives. I just want a "cleaner" view for non-techincal users, guess it is part of the integration thing. As far as gadgets/add-in, whatever, I am looking for something that provides a snap shot of the general health of the server, yes task manager and the performance monitor will do that but not when you use the launch pad from a client PC. I am more or less looking for tools that will tell me what the health of the server is (Hey, I am an old DEC VMS system admin who should know better, but obviously I don't) Phil: I was referring to connecting to http://xxx.homeserver.com/ rather than the initial installation of the client connector software. Ken sort of answered it in his reply, I just thought that column should be ommitted from the display for WHS remote web access or the wording changed (log in remotely and click on "Computers" and you will see what I am referring to). Unsupported confuses end users, N/A works for me. Better yet, MS could sell something for W7HP for the people who "think" they need the functionality (something a little less pricey than the windows anytime upgrade). I tried using uVNC on the V1 WHS but was never happy with the performance but it kept the wife happly when I was out of town...
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 6:29 PM
  • Tom

    I think you are confusing W7 Backup & Restore with the functionality provided by WHS - the two are totally different. You need to go into the WHS Dashboard and set up Client machine backups from the "Computers and Backups" tab.

    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 6:37 PM
  • Hi Phil,

    Been there, done that. My point is W7 SHOULD recognize that backups are being done by WHS and don't need to be done as a seperate operation.



    Thursday, October 13, 2011 8:47 PM
  • Why? You might want to do different types of backup.
    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:08 PM