Mirror, mirror on the drive. I need my data to stay alive. Windows Home Server 2011 has a built in Drive Mirror feature that will allow you to create a synchronized copy of the drive. While this feature is not new to Microsoft products, the ease of setup from within the Server Manager makes it easy for the WHS 2011 user to create Mirrors. Check out the video!
Windows Home Server 2011 Drive Set Up
Before you start the mirror process you want to make sure your data is organized. Best practice would be to mirror before any data is on the the drives to save time, but if they already have data you are still ok.
Organize your data and decide which drive(s) you will Mirror.
Windows Home Server 2011 Drive Mirror
To create a Drive Mirror you use the Server Manager. If you do not see the Server Manager in your Task Bar, navigate to Administrative Tools through the Start Menu. You might want to grab your favorite beverage and RAID the cookie jar before you start this process.
The video will show you how to create a Drive Mirror.
My drives had a lot of data on them when I created the Mirror. I would suggest doing this when they are empty if possible.
4 1/2 hours into the Mirror process. The drives were half full so I know it was going to take a while.
6 1/2 hours into the Mirror process. It was ok. I had time to go outside and spray the ants with RAID anyway.
Disable Backups During Mirror Process
I decided to cancel my backups during the Mirror sync since it was trying to backup C: and F: data while it was also moving D: and E: data. This taxes the CPU and just makes the whole process take longer. I would suggest starting the backup again after the Mirror sync is done and process is completed.
Windows Home Server 2011 Release Candidate
You can download Windows Home Server 2011 at:
The installation of Windows Home Server 2011 has only a few basic requirements.
Windows Home Server 2011 is a 64-bit only operating system.
You can install the server software either manually or unattended.
- 1.4 GHz x64 processor
- 2 GB RAM
- At least one 160 GB (or larger) hard drive
- NTFS is the only supported file system
Supported networking configuration:
- Your server computer must be connected to a router via a network cable
- Windows Home Server works best with a UPnP certified device, but it is not required
- The router works best in the 192.168.x.x subnet, but it is not required
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