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  • hello there
    i am kinda new in using whs so please bare with me if my questions sounded stupid :D

    i been using the home server for a couple of weeks now and it been GREAT expect some minor things that i am asking you about here

    1- how can i identify the harddrives ?
    as most people do
    i have a rackmount case with about 8 harddrives and 2 raid network cards
    the only problem is that i cant identify any one of the harddrives as you see in the pic
    http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/1536/capturesyw.jpg
    i tryed installing the disk managment add-in but still
    http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/3266/capturegsu.jpg
    so is there a way to find out maybe the S/N or some usable info about the harddrives ?

    2- when adding lets say xbox360 as a media extender for the whs
    where should i add those numbers to identify the extender and connect to it ?

    3- the UPnP in my router is clearly enabled but every time i try to configure the remote access i get the that the UPnP settings cannot be configured
    so i opened all ports manually but i still get two problems that i dont know whats the solution for
    http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/6048/capturerrn.jpg
    so how can i fix those ?


    thats the main problems i been facing
    any suggestions on how to solve them is more than welcomed
    and thanks in advanced


    regards
    ahmed

    Monday, May 11, 2009 9:05 PM

Answers

  • hello there
    i am kinda new in using whs so please bare with me if my questions sounded stupid :D

    i been using the home server for a couple of weeks now and it been GREAT expect some minor things that i am asking you about here

    1- how can i identify the harddrives ?
    as most people do
    i have a rackmount case with about 8 harddrives and 2 raid network cards
    the only problem is that i cant identify any one of the harddrives as you see in the pic
    http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/1536/capturesyw.jpg
    i tryed installing the disk managment add-in but still
    http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/3266/capturegsu.jpg
    so is there a way to find out maybe the S/N or some usable info about the harddrives ?

    You could use the "trial and error" method (power down your server, disconnect a drive, then turn it back on).  Whichever one shows up as missing in the Console is the one you disconnected.  Then power the server back down, reconnect that drive, then disconnect another one.  (Frankly, I would map out which drive is which then use the Disk Management add-in to create a wireframe and draw it out so you won't ever have to deal with it again.)

    2- when adding lets say xbox360 as a media extender for the whs
    where should i add those numbers to identify the extender and connect to it ?

    WHS is not a Media Center PC.  You cannot extend it to anything.  However, you can stream from the Videos, Photos, and Music shares to your XBox 360.

    3- the UPnP in my router is clearly enabled but every time i try to configure the remote access i get the that the UPnP settings cannot be configured
    so i opened all ports manually but i still get two problems that i dont know whats the solution for
    http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/6048/capturerrn.jpg
    so how can i fix those ?

    uPnP isn't as "universal" as it should be.  You could try forwarding the ports manually.  Also, your ISP may be blocking ports.  You can go to Shields Up! and run a port scan for 80, 443, and 4125 and post the results here.

    thats the main problems i been facing
    any suggestions on how to solve them is more than welcomed
    and thanks in advanced


    regards
    ahmed


    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 3:07 AM
    Moderator
  • If you double click a disk in WHS Disk Management, you should also see the serial number.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:04 AM
    Moderator

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  • hello there
    i am kinda new in using whs so please bare with me if my questions sounded stupid :D

    i been using the home server for a couple of weeks now and it been GREAT expect some minor things that i am asking you about here

    1- how can i identify the harddrives ?
    as most people do
    i have a rackmount case with about 8 harddrives and 2 raid network cards
    the only problem is that i cant identify any one of the harddrives as you see in the pic
    http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/1536/capturesyw.jpg
    i tryed installing the disk managment add-in but still
    http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/3266/capturegsu.jpg
    so is there a way to find out maybe the S/N or some usable info about the harddrives ?

    You could use the "trial and error" method (power down your server, disconnect a drive, then turn it back on).  Whichever one shows up as missing in the Console is the one you disconnected.  Then power the server back down, reconnect that drive, then disconnect another one.  (Frankly, I would map out which drive is which then use the Disk Management add-in to create a wireframe and draw it out so you won't ever have to deal with it again.)

    2- when adding lets say xbox360 as a media extender for the whs
    where should i add those numbers to identify the extender and connect to it ?

    WHS is not a Media Center PC.  You cannot extend it to anything.  However, you can stream from the Videos, Photos, and Music shares to your XBox 360.

    3- the UPnP in my router is clearly enabled but every time i try to configure the remote access i get the that the UPnP settings cannot be configured
    so i opened all ports manually but i still get two problems that i dont know whats the solution for
    http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/6048/capturerrn.jpg
    so how can i fix those ?

    uPnP isn't as "universal" as it should be.  You could try forwarding the ports manually.  Also, your ISP may be blocking ports.  You can go to Shields Up! and run a port scan for 80, 443, and 4125 and post the results here.

    thats the main problems i been facing
    any suggestions on how to solve them is more than welcomed
    and thanks in advanced


    regards
    ahmed


    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 3:07 AM
    Moderator
  • If you double click a disk in WHS Disk Management, you should also see the serial number.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:04 AM
    Moderator
  • olaf
    check the second pic
    nothing shows

    kariya
    will do as you say and give the results here
    about the mce since pp2 their is a speacial tab in the settings that makes you chose what shared folders to be viewable in the extender
    so i think their must be a way to add them
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:43 AM
  • Sorry, I did not look at the pictures before (I am usually hesitant to open stuff from an unknown website without need).
    Your screenshot shows, that your Adaptec RAID controller created logical devices, which it offered to WHS, so masquerading the physical disks (sometimes I hate "intelligent" devices.). So WHS only sees these logical Adaptac Legacy SCSI disk devices.
    Eventually the entry in "path" or the serial number have to do with the position of the disk on the controller. Maybe Adaptec has also a tool, which can give you more details (or the Bios of the controller, if you enter it during boot).
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 12:20 PM
    Moderator
  • olaf
    check the second pic
    nothing shows

    kariya
    will do as you say and give the results here
    about the mce since pp2 their is a speacial tab in the settings that makes you chose what shared folders to be viewable in the extender
    so i think their must be a way to add them

    No, it enables your server to pass those shares through the streaming process (which means you can stream more than just stuff inside the Photos, Music and Videos shares).  However, as I already said, WHS is not a Media Center PC and cannot be extended to your XBox360.
    Thursday, May 14, 2009 1:10 AM
    Moderator