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Topic # 68002 13-Sep-2010 13:50
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Ive got a new WHS computer for a customer, havent installed one before but Im guessing it should be pretty straight forward.  The real question is does it need a kb/mouse/screen for the initial setup?  Ive bought an HP one for the record - cant remember the exact model.  Was cheap enough. 

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  Reply # 379289 13-Sep-2010 14:04
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I don't think you can attach a screen to them can you? So a keyboard & mouse will be useless :)
Normally you plug it in to the power and the network then run the CD that comes with it on another machine on the same network.
It will then search for the WHS box and configure it.
Once that is done you use the WHS console to configure the users etc or you can RDP to the WHS box.



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  Reply # 379294 13-Sep-2010 14:14
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Cool thx.. Thats all I needed to know - means I dont have to track down a spare screen - their all running notebooks. :)

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 379295 13-Sep-2010 14:15
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If you are installing an OEM Windows Home Server, then yes you need monitor, keyboard, mouse. You won't need these afterwards but for initial installation yes.

If you are talking about the HP servers, then they should have been pre-installed.





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  Reply # 379704 14-Sep-2010 15:17
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You'd need one of these bad boy to fiddle around HP MediaSmart server (like upgrade it to Vail)

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  Reply # 379706 14-Sep-2010 15:21
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CYaBro: I don't think you can attach a screen to them can you? So a keyboard & mouse will be useless :)
Normally you plug it in to the power and the network then run the CD that comes with it on another machine on the same network.
It will then search for the WHS box and configure it.
Once that is done you use the WHS console to configure the users etc or you can RDP to the WHS box.


I only now read this reply and need to make sure this is clear: Windows Home Server installs like Windows Small Business. You stick a monitor, keyboard and mouse, turn on the PC/server, insert the DVD and follow the instructions.

Once it is installed then you can unplugg everythin.

The server software will not install from the LAN. This is not how it happens.









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  Reply # 379708 14-Sep-2010 15:25
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Thx for all the info. Sounds like the setup should be nice and easy.. Will find out tomorrow!

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  Reply # 379745 14-Sep-2010 16:46
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CYaBro: I don't think you can attach a screen to them can you? So a keyboard & mouse will be useless :)
Normally you plug it in to the power and the network then run the CD that comes with it on another machine on the same network.
It will then search for the WHS box and configure it.
Once that is done you use the WHS console to configure the users etc or you can RDP to the WHS box.


I only now read this reply and need to make sure this is clear: Windows Home Server installs like Windows Small Business. You stick a monitor, keyboard and mouse, turn on the PC/server, insert the DVD and follow the instructions.

Once it is installed then you can unplugg everythin.

The server software will not install from the LAN. This is not how it happens.





I didn't say the server software will install over the LAN, I said it would configure itself over the LAN from another machine.  WHS will already be installed on the HP machine, it just needs to be configured.
How do you connect a screen, K/b & mouse to the HPs or Acers that don't have connections for them?
Well K/B & mouse you can as there are USB ports but no VGA unless you get one of those adapters that technicaljoe linked to.
You are correct if you buy an OEM copy and build your own box but not with one of the HPs or Acers or any of the ready made WHS boxes I think.

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  Reply # 379747 14-Sep-2010 16:51
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The HP models will come pre-installed. The OP obviously misused "install" when it should be "configure"...

If the HP model ever needs reinstall you can just insert the DVD, press the reset button at same time as the power button and when it stops blinking it's ready for use - no need for peripherals. But for "installation" on any OEM or non-WHS HP hardware then you need those.





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  Reply # 379924 14-Sep-2010 22:57
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ive been playing on building a WHS but im thinking i should wait till the version comes out, does anyone know if they will let you upgrade from the current one to the new one, or will you have to do a fresh install.

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  Reply # 379980 15-Sep-2010 06:28
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th3r3turn: ive been playing on building a WHS but im thinking i should wait till the version comes out, does anyone know if they will let you upgrade from the current one to the new one, or will you have to do a fresh install.


This has been discussed in this thread. In short no upgrade.







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  Reply # 380000 15-Sep-2010 08:37
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Nety:
th3r3turn: ive been playing on building a WHS but im thinking i should wait till the version comes out, does anyone know if they will let you upgrade from the current one to the new one, or will you have to do a fresh install.


This has been discussed in this thread. In short no upgrade.


thanks for that



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  Reply # 380643 16-Sep-2010 13:42
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Installed the server today. Must say I was pretty impressed in general. Very easy to setup and get going. My customers really happy so far. Got a bit of a shock when I saw the size of the HP server though, size of a lunchbox!

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  Reply # 380894 16-Sep-2010 21:26
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I saw the HP box first time at TechEd this year, and I was shocked as well! Quite a compact little thing!

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