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Do I HAVE to reinstall the server software? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,
    I'm trying, but failing to get two machines re-connected to the server by reinstalling the Connector.
    (HP EX487)

    I have applied the following tests, which are provided in the
    Troubleshooting Windows Home Server Connector Installation guide and all tests give the required output.
    The result is the same on two machines (one XP and one Vista) .

    http:// <YourServerName
    http:// <YourServerName>:55000/enrollid/id.xml
    https:// <YourServerName>:56000/enroll/id.xml
    http:// <YourServerName>:55000/enrollid/id.aspx

    But my attempts to reinstall the connector always fail right after I enter the password. (I can log in with Remote Desktop Connection so I know the password is good) Also, server discovery only works if I select the Manual option - and when I do this, the server name appears automatically, I do not need to enter it.
    However, the guide continues with:
    "If the problem continues, you can reinstall Windows Home Server . To learn more about reinstalling Windows Home Server, search for "reinstall" in Windows Home Server Help."

    My three questions are:
    1. Does the result of these test mean that I have exhausted all other tests and repair possibilities, and my only option now is to reinstall the server software?
    2. As this is the second time I'll have to reinstall in a period of 2 weeks, I wonder what may happening to cause these failures.
    3. If reinstalling the server is going to be a frequent occurrence, can I image the server partition in order to make recovery a less painful procedure

    Thanks,
    M
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 2:00 PM

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  • Addendum:

    I've just tried the Crypto fix mentioned in other posts:

    "This error is from a crypto utility in windows.

    1. Go to the "c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\" folder.
    2. Right Click on the MachineKeys folder and select Properties
    3. Click the Security tab.
    4. Click on "Advanced" button
    5. Go to the permissions tab and make sure that for Administrators and Everyone the "CreateFiles / Write Data" and "Create Folders / Append Data" are marked "Allow" and the "Apply onto" dropdown box is set to "This folder, subfolders and files" for both."

    The install still dies just after I enter the password...

    With the usual Error Message:   :This yada yada cannot proceed at this time, please try later etc etc
    Looks like I'll have to do yet ANOTHER server reinstall......

    -m-
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 2:43 PM