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Two WHS on the same network? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is it possible to have two home servers on the same network and transfer data between them?

    Basically, I am building a new server and want to do a clean install rather than a restore. Once it is run up, Id like to simply copy my data to the new server and then de-commission the old server.

    Any traps in doing this?
    Friday, September 5, 2008 8:53 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    As a generality, there is no problems whatsoever. However there are a few points to take note of:

    You cannot have the same name for both servers at the same time, so you either will need to go with a new name for the new server, or re-name the old one while your working on them.
    Once the new one is up and running, you can copy files from the shared folders on the old machine acroos to your new one. Using Explorer could be slow, so if you know how to use it, something like RoboCopy would be quicker.

    Before switching off you old server, use it's remote access page in the Settings menu, to Unconfigure your homeserver.com name, and then use the same procedure on your new one, to Configure it.

    On each of your Clients, you can then run 'discovery.exe', which is located in the Program Files - Windows Home server folder of each Client. This will search your network for your server and will then re-set all the appropriate links. Note that a Client cannot belong to more than one server at a time, but two servers, each with their own Client group, can exist on the one network at the same time.

    HTH,

    Colin

    If anyone answers your query successfully, please mark it as 'Helpful', to guide other users.
    • Marked as answer by Differduffer Friday, September 5, 2008 10:12 AM
    Friday, September 5, 2008 9:40 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi,

    As a generality, there is no problems whatsoever. However there are a few points to take note of:

    You cannot have the same name for both servers at the same time, so you either will need to go with a new name for the new server, or re-name the old one while your working on them.
    Once the new one is up and running, you can copy files from the shared folders on the old machine acroos to your new one. Using Explorer could be slow, so if you know how to use it, something like RoboCopy would be quicker.

    Before switching off you old server, use it's remote access page in the Settings menu, to Unconfigure your homeserver.com name, and then use the same procedure on your new one, to Configure it.

    On each of your Clients, you can then run 'discovery.exe', which is located in the Program Files - Windows Home server folder of each Client. This will search your network for your server and will then re-set all the appropriate links. Note that a Client cannot belong to more than one server at a time, but two servers, each with their own Client group, can exist on the one network at the same time.

    HTH,

    Colin

    If anyone answers your query successfully, please mark it as 'Helpful', to guide other users.
    • Marked as answer by Differduffer Friday, September 5, 2008 10:12 AM
    Friday, September 5, 2008 9:40 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks Colin.

    Just the info I need.
    Friday, September 5, 2008 10:11 AM